A frog and a toad

Once Upon A Time there were two good friends, a frog and a toad …

Whether they’re writing letters or flying kites, being brave or putting things off until tomorrow, Frog and Toad are always there for each other; always ready to spend another fine, long day together.

“In the 1970s two characters appeared in the realms of children’s literature and they are as popular today as they were then.  Frog and Toad are an odd couple but Lobel wrote four volumes each with five stories about them exploring their friendship and showing young readers that it is fine to be an individual and your own person.  This collection brings together all of the engaging, warm and funny stories and features a special foreword by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo.

Written with familiar vocabulary in simple sentences and a large font with his hand-drawn and hand-coloured illustrations, Lobel has crafted stories around familiar incidents that young children will resonate with such as the dilemma of sharing a cool ice cream on a hot day, or raking leaves on a windy day.  While Frog is the practical one, Toad is more emotional and imaginative as in the story of Christmas Eve when Frog is late and Toad immediately thinks something has happened to him.

“Classic” literature are stories which have a deeply human message that carries across time and space regardless of its historical or geographical setting and even those Frog and Toad have been around for 40 years, each story appeals and echoes with today’s readers just as it did then.  Mr 42 loved hearing these as bedtime stories and as he travelled on his journey to being an independent reader he loved that he could read them for himself.  Now it is time to share that joy and pleasure with his Miss Nearly 6.

Barbara Branxton

Barbara Braxton
Teacher Librarian
M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children’s Services)
Dromkeen Librarian’s Award 2003
COOMA NSW 2630
AUSTRALIA

 

Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection by Arnold Lobel

This collection brings together all of Arnold Lobel’s engaging, warm and funny stories about Frog and Toad, and features a special foreword by Julia Donaldson.

ISBN: 9780008136222 | RRP $39.99 
 

 

Days with Frog and Toad  by Arnold Lobel

One of the launch titles in the amazing new Essential Picture Book Classics list from HarperCollins, this book contains five engaging, warm and very funny stories about Frog and Toad.

ISBN: 9780007512935 | RRP $14.99 
 

 

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

An Essential Picture Book Classics this book contains five engaging, warm and very funny stories about Frog and Toad.

ISBN: 9780007512928 | RRP $14.99 
 

 

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

One of the launch titles in the amazing new Essential Picture Book Classics list from HarperCollins, this book contains five engaging, warm and very funny stories about Frog and Toad.

ISBN: 9780007512911 | RRP $14.99 
 

 

Frog and Toad Are Friends  by Arnold Lobel

One of the launch titles in the amazing new Essential Picture Book Classics list from HarperCollins, this book contains five engaging, warm and very funny stories about Frog and Toad.

ISBN: 9780007464388 | RRP $14.99 
 

 

 

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