Book Review: Frog and Toad Are Friends

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Frog and Toad Are Friends” is a Caldecott Honor Book from Arnold Lobel about two amphibian pals, Frog and Toad who go through life together. “Frog and Toad Are Friends” is definitely a brilliant introduction to the “Frog and Toad” series that children will love!  

The characters Frog and Toad are some of the most lovable amphibian friends you will ever hope to meet. Out of the two Frog is probably the more easy-going, pleasant one. Toad, on the other hand, is much more emotional; when things go wrong he is not afraid to either become “hopping” mad or depressed. Both of them also seem to be suffering from an adorable lack of common sense; although Frog is admittedly the one with the greatest supply.

Through thick and thin Frog and Toad are there for each other. When Toad loses a button, Frog tries to help him find it. When Frog is feeling ill, Toad tries his very hardest to tell him a story even though he can’t think of one. When Toad is feeling down about not ever receiving mail, Frog writes him a letter and then both of them sit together on the porch and wait for it to arrive. 5 Stars!

Book Summary

Once Frog convinces the sleepy Toad that winter is actually over, the two amphibian friends "run outside to see how the world was looking in spring." With each new season comes new journeys.

Publisher’s Details

Book: Frog and Toad Are Friends
Author and Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, reprinted in 1979
ISBN-13: 9780064440202
ISBN-10: 0064440206

Reading level: Ages 5-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

 About the Author

Lobel, Arnold.  Frog and Toad Are Friends (published in 1970 by Harper and Row Publishers, 10 E. 53rd St. New York City, NY  10022; republished by Scholastic Inc., 730 Broadway, New York City, NY  10003).  Arnold Stark Lobel (1933–1987) was a popular American author of children’s books. Among his most popular books are those of the Frog and Toad series, and Mouse Soup, which won the Garden State Children’s Book Award from the New Jersey Library Association.  Born in Los Angeles, CA, to Joseph and Lucille Stark Lobel, Arnold grew up in Schenectady NY, where he was out of school and sick through most of second grade. One of the ways he kept himself occupied was by drawing.  His health improved, and upon graduating high school, he decided to improve his artistic skills and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he focused on illustration and met his future wife Anita Kempler, who also became a talented children’s book author and illustrator. When he graduated from art school, he married Anita and they moved to New York City, NY, where they settled in Brooklyn and had two children Adrianne and Adam.

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