- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (May 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061800228
- ISBN-13: 978-0061800221
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Mischievous, warmhearted, silly, and touching, this short collection of stories in rhyme trips easily off the tongue in true Arnold Lobel style. In playful fashion, they feature Miss Frog baking pies and sugar buns, two lazy toads contemplating the night, a bright green frog playing the violin, a school for squirming polliwogs, and an adventurous jumper—often with a surprise-ending twist. A poem about a frog party, for example, concludes with: "They danced in the meadow/They danced in the street/They danced in the lemonade/Just to cool their feet." Adrianne Lobel, a set designer by profession, catches just the right mood in applying frothy, airy colors to her father's line art. A short introduction reveals how the collection came to be some 20 years after Lobel's death. This delectable combination of word and image is a treat not to be missed.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA END
About the Author
Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.
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My son enjoys reading these poems as much as he enjoys the Frog & Toad stories themselves.
A nice hardbound book.
While I commend Ms. Lobel for giving the world of literature these quirky poems and drawings by her late father, I cannot recommend them as I feel they are far below his typical abilities. A few of the poems even have a depressing or harsh tone to them, in my opinion, and I wonder if he purposely didn't publish them himself.
Apparently, other people like this book, so I will either return it or swap it for credit at a local used bookstore.
Either way, this book did not lessen my love of his later Frog-and-Toad stories! :)
A Toad Was Feeling . . .
A toad was feeling
Sad and grumpy
Because his skin
was rough and lumpy.
"My skin is bad,"
Said he. "I'll hide it.'
He bought a coat
and jumped inside it.
"And now," he said,
"I do not worry . . .
Outside I'm nicely
Soft and furry."
I love these little miniature portraits of frogs and toads and think they would nicely compliment the original Frog and Toad books. In the front of the book Adriane Lobel discusses how these little "stories" were lost and rediscovered. She also briefly discusses her father, Arnold Lobel, and how she had to "shake [herself] of fear and to produce watercolors with the same freedom and effortlessness that approached" that her father used to create. I think she did a marvelous job and this book is worth adding to your timeless collection of Lobel books!
The little poems contained in this book are simply charming. They're clever. Funny. Sweet. They are everything you'd expect from Arnold Lobel. My almost 4-year old would pause to think after each one, then laugh and laugh once she "got" the humor.
In the book's introduction, Adrianne Lobel says these poems are the "first time [Arnold Lobel] wrote about frogs and toads." They are a foretaste of the stories to come; you can feel the same light, friendly spirit found in the beginning readers. Adrianne added her own talents in watercolor to her father's line illustrations, resulting in a beautiful "new" Arnold Lobel book for little ones (and parents!) to enjoy.
"Bright Green Frog" is my personal favorite. I ended up sharing it with my clarinet-playing colleagues!