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Frog and Toad Together (I Can Read Level 2) Paperback – October 3, 1979
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This pair of amphibian pals likes to do everything together, from list making to flower growing to dragon vanquishing. And when Toad bakes cookies one day, the two try to develop willpower together. The Frog and Toad series, including Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad, is perfect for new readers. Simple text and charming, frog-hued pictures combined with sensitive, funny, original stories show children what real friendship is all about. This Newbery Honor Book perpetuates and confirms Frog and Toad's status as children's classics. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I like the book because it was cool reading about Frog and Toad. I think little boys and girls will like this book. I would give this book five stars. Boys and girls even in 1st, 2nd, and 3th grade can read this book. I give it 5 stars because I like this book.
This book, published in 1971, is the second of four. Toad is a bit negative and nervous, and worries about rules, while Frog is often cheerful and dedicated to alleviating Toad's fears and doubts.
"A List" is a funny story remembered long after reading it - Toad has a list of things to do, and anything not on the list can't be done. He loves to do something, then cross it off. But what happens when your list blows away, and "run after the list" wasn't even on the list. Worse, you can't remember what else was on the list. Frog is such a good friend, he just sits quietly with Toad as he struggles to figure out what to do.
In "The Garden," Toad would like to have a garden like Frog has, and with Frog's encouragement, he starts one. He tries directing the garden to grow, until Frog (hearing all that shouting) gives him some advise on how to nurture a garden.
"Cookies" is probably one of the best stories. Frog and Toad make cookies, and they are so good that they can't stop eating them. They determine its about will power, and in the end they end up with no cookies "but we have lots and lots of will power." Frog says.
"Dragons and Giants" is about Frog and Toads fears and how they deal with them. "We are not afraid!" Frog and Toad screamed at the same time. A funny story that children will like.Read more ›
In "Frog and Toad Together," they talk walks, do things on a checklist, eat too many cookies, learn about self-discipline (not eating too many cookies), and feed cookies to birds.
Somehow, Arnold Lobel has discovered a gentle yet honest way of presenting two childhood friends. They've got a warmth that is similar to Bert and Ernie, like loving brothers.
Lobel drew some great pictures too. There is a European classic-ness to them, and to the diction of the story.
I fully recommend this, and all of Lobel's books.
So why have these unlikely characters have become regulars in my son's bedtime reading rotation? Maybe it's the grown-up, wise quality of the stories: though written simply, and always possessing great morality and sweetness, there is a worldly little undercurrent, like a secret joke that young readers can't quite figure out, but want to understand. This opaque quality is like catnip to a toddler: the mystery of adulthood right there on the page, so tantalizingly close, but still, so confounding!
Frog is the upbeat one; Toad the darker, pondering one. While other reviewers have attempted to link them to everything from Buddhism to Catholicism -- I'll stick with the Odd Couple reference, if I may.
These two are not friends DESPITE their differences, but BECAUSE of them (a nice lesson for kids to absorb, though it's never presented as a Lesson, of course) spending every waking minute together, exploring the woods and discussing the meaning of life (and cookies). Behind the scenes, you just KNOW they smoke pipes, drink Darjeeling, wear tweed and watch plenty of PBS (especially the British Comedies).Read more ›
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Love Arnold Lobel and his Frog and Toad stories. Two of my favorites are in this book: The Garden is one. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Luchi1012
I remember this book from my own childhood and it's been fun to read it again now to my own son....(who also loves it)
Book contains 4 smaller stories which are a good... Read more
I recall my children enjoying this book, so I was delighted to find a Kindle edition to read with my 6 year old grandson. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark from Haifa
These are such cute stories that I read with my daughter. They center around a friendship between a frog and toad, very sweet stories with a lesson hidden in each story.Published 3 months ago by Sarah
My 3 year old is obsessed with Frog and Toad. He can't read by himself but knows all the stories and always picks it up for bed time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M.O.B.
I remembered these books as a little kid. I am now 42 years old. I was searching through Amazon, and found these books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charlie