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Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad Are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
Illustration by Arnold Lobel

One summer day Toad was unhappy. He had lost the white, fourholed, big, round, thick button from his jacket. Who helped him look for it? His best friend, Frog. Another day, Frog was unhappy. He was sick in bed and looking green. Who gave him some tea and told him a story? His best friend, Toad.

From the first enchanting story to the last, these five adventures of two best friends are packed with excitement, gaiety, and tender affection. Children will find this book delightful to read and beautiful to look at, either story by story, or from cover to cover.

Age: 4 Year-olds | Title: Frog and Toad Are Friends  |  Author: Arnold Lobel  |  Publisher: HarperCollins

One summer day Toad was unhappy. He had lost the white, fourholed, big, round, thick button from his jacket. Who helped him look for it? His best friend, Frog. Another day, Frog was unhappy. He was sick in bed and looking green. Who gave him some tea and told him a story? His best friend, Toad.

From the first enchanting story to the last, these five adventures of two best friends are packed with excitement, gaiety, and tender affection. Children will find this book delightful to read and beautiful to look at, either story by story, or from cover to cover.

Help your child learn to read with this Caldecott Honor Book describing five different adventures of best friends, Frog and Toad. The pictures are small, simple, and involve little color variation, as the focus is on the letters. The words take up most of each page through large font, double-spaced lines, and simple sentences -perfect for learning to read! The word choice involves plenty of sound-out words and clear sentences that follow the plot of the short stories. Indirect repetition is also used in some of the stories to help your little reader follow along and understand the plot.

Each short story involves some humor that both you and your child can enjoy, like when Toad told Frog he was looking green, and Frog answered, "But I always look green...I am a frog," or when Toad decided to stand on his head because he thought it may help him think of a story. When not practicing their reading, your child may join in by sharing their own story related to Frog and Toad's adventure, or they may throw out suggestions for the characters. You can add fun to the reading as well with silly voices assigned to Frog and Toad.

My four-year-old niece, Emily, uses this book to practice her letters and sounding out some words. We were both so excited the first time she sounded out the word "frog" correctly! She has learned to recognize a few words on sight, making reading seem more fun and encouraging her to keep trying.

--Audra

I love this book and it was one of my favorite childhood stories. The day the it arrived; Little Man took one look and said he wasn’t interested, ha, ha, ha. UNTIL, I told him how much I LOVED reading the same book with my Dad. Then when Hubby came home and saw the book he asked, "Is this the same book I read as a child?" At that point Little Man was very excited about this new book and now enjoys reading it every night with his Dad!

--Shauna, San Antonio, TX

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