Tuesday, January 20

Oldies: Frog and Toad Are Friends

Frog and Toad Are Friends
Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Harper & Row (1970)
Age: Grades 1 - 4

Themes: friendship, helpfulness, care,

Frog and Toad are the best of friends. Whether one of them is sick, lost a button, or wants a letter, they'll help each other out. Of course, they have their funny moments—but that's just what keeps things fun. Here are five chapters of their adventures.

Before Elephant & Piggie, my love resided with Frog and Toad. And it's the same theme: one is a little more uptight and serious (Toad) while one is always looking for fun (Frog). So together, it makes for a perfect story.

I love the illustrations because they're simple, yet well done (they did garner a Caldecott honor). Which matches the simple text. It can get a little monotonous, but it has really great repetition and vocabulary for beginning readers. While Elephant & Piggie are definitely better at getting emotion across, Frog & Toad have some much more involved stories.

So, in case you're curious, my rating is: ★★★★

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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