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Frog and Toad Are Friends (Frog and Toad #1)

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From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 18th 2003 by HarperCollins (first published 1970)
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Mar 20, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
To be making books for children is to be in a sort of state of grace.
- Arnold Lobel

Books have their own special resonance in the portion of our brain that holds Nostalgia. Those stories of our youth, when the life-long joys of reading were just begin to flourish, are often some of the most special. Those of us fortunate enough to have cut our teeth on Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series have experienced all of the great things of reading twice: the first is when we read these touching, funny an
Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young independent readers who enjoy fantastical animal friendship stories
I simply adore the supremely cute illustrations. They are sweet and evocative, and in my opinion, they tell the story of frog and toad's friendship in a way that the rather simplistic narrative just does not and cannot. I know that this is a classic of American children's literature and that for many, the book likely holds very fond and nostalgic childhood memories. However, I found the text rather dragging when I first read this book as a child, and I was still finding the narrative rather long ...more
Aug 29, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Someone who wants to feel good.
I miss quiet cheerfulness like Frog and Toad. I enjoyed very much the whole 15 minutes it took me to read the 5 stories in here.
I couldn't read it to the kids at my job (the story is geared toward much younger children than those who would understand the book as esl learners), which is a shame. That said, it merits repeated reading as an adult. It cheered me up darned well.
Yes, it's cowardly to give a Caldecott Honor book five stars. It was fun. I wish I had a friend like this. It's been a good
Feb 07, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Haha, oh, gosh, I can SO relate to that sometimes ;-) And to poor Toad, looking all over for his missing button, finding many others but not his! But, the nice thing is, he has his best friend Frog to help him look. And when he finds out he has caused Frog a big inconvenience, Toad does something very nice for his friend.

This beautiful give-and-take of friendship is so masterfully captured in Arnold Lobel's charming classic.
Shawn Thrasher
Jun 03, 2016 Shawn Thrasher rated it it was amazing
Frog and Toad are my spirit animals. I love them. Sometimes, I'm Frog, who seems to be the suaver, gentler one of the pair. Mostly here though, I'm Toad, who is electrically charged and loud, can be sad for small reasons, throws occasional tantrums, and loses things.

Lobel crafted this amphibian duo with love and care, which is apparent from beginning to end. The illustrations are comforting and classic; the greens, browns, ochres, dijon mustards of the palette are perfect for this world. The pl
Amar Pai
Sep 13, 2012 Amar Pai rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
There's one story where Toad and Frog go swimming. Toad can't go in the water without a swimsuit, for some reason, and he's embarrassed by how he looks in it, so he makes Frog look the other way while Toad gets dressed and jumps in the water. Later when it's time to come out Toad tells Frog to look away, but then a mouse overhears and the mouse's ears perk up at the sound of potential embarrassment. "Ooh I gotta see this!" More and more animals are drawn by the prospect of a spectacle, until see ...more
Mar 24, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
Toad the not-zen gardener yells at his seeds "Now seeds, start growing!"
That is just about where I am with all my plans in life.
Yep, me with a little pitchfork prodding inanimate objects while yelling, "Move it!"

I find something new every time I reread Arnold Lobel.

“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!

Arnold Lobel’s book about true friendship has truly deserved the honorable Caldecott Honor award. Arnold Lobel makes this story truly delightful as he pairs up Frog, a free-spirited character with Toad, a somewhat grumpy yet caring chara
Jan 20, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: long suffering adults helping children to read
Shelves: children-juv

There's Lucy and Ethel, there's Felix and Oscar, there's George and Martha, and there's Frog and Toad. Another great pair. Shelved in the easy reader section of the library (or stashed on our bookshelves in a horribly disorganized manner at home), these books rise above so many of the learn how to read books because of the stories and characters. Nothing is sacrificed to easy vocabulary. These are great stories - funny, poignant, silly - stories that are a great reward to parents because they ca
Isa Lavinia
Jul 20, 2015 Isa Lavinia rated it really liked it

Such a pity I didn't get to read this book as a child.

Every time Toad would speak I'd just go, "I feel you" and "This dude really gets me".

Lisa Vegan
Mar 10, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young independent readers and read aloud too for 4-8 year olds
This is an “I Can Read Book” level 2 (High-interest stories for developing readers) children’s picture book that has 64 pages and 5 chapters.

I would have adored this book when I was a beginning reader, but unfortunately it was published 10-12 years too late. I’d assumed I’d read the Frog and Toad books but after just reading this first book, I’m thinking it was my first time reading it.

Thanks to the Children's Books group for alerting me to it. I’ve found so many worthy picture books and novel b
Feb 08, 2013 Tatiana rated it really liked it
Through five engaging stories, the friendship between Frog and Toad is on display as they look for lost buttons, greet spring weather, and wait for mail. Each simple plot is resolved in a few pages, usually through a clever manner: the buttons are refashioned as embellishments on Frog’s jacket, Toad finally wakes up in time to enjoy spring, and Toad receives the best pen pal he could ask for: his friend, Frog.

The text features short sentences with both monosyllabic and multisyllabic words, and s
Moriah Gilbertson
Dec 19, 2016 Moriah Gilbertson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I used this for my 2016 challenge as "The first chapter book you ever remember reading." I was crazy about the frog and toad books when I was little. They were always a fun read.
Jan 11, 2015 Isobel rated it it was amazing
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jul 08, 2011 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it it was amazing
Lobel, Arnold. (1970). Frog and Toad Are Friends. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Annotation: For children in first to third grade. This book is a collection of five stories about the strong friendship between the neurotic Toad and rational Frog. Children enjoy these stories because they can see themselves in the characters and they relate to the experiences Frog and Toad encounter. Arnold Lobel’s roundness of characters and tones of greens, yellows, and browns is comforting to children, as well as
Jun 09, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-16
I read this because of this:

I'm fortunate to have a couple of frogs to my toad, and I sent them the link - and told them I wanted to be the toad, although I supposed I could be the frog if being the toad was important to them. They agreed I could be the toad.

"Did you read that when you were a kid?" Dom asked, and I told him that I almost definitely had, although I was generally unimpressed at that age with any story that didn't have smugglers or counterfei
Jun 29, 2008 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading to young children
A great book of short stories about two friends, Frog and Toad. I remember these stories from my childhood. They are classics that have withstood the test of time. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

This story was selected as one of the books for the February 2012 - Friendship reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Inspired Kathy
Aug 17, 2010 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Great book for kids who have just learned to read. My 10 year old claims this was one of her favorite and insisted I read it to our 4 year old.
Aug 23, 2016 Gela rated it it was amazing
This book was one of my favorites as a young girl. Just read the book to my daughter and she enjoyed it.
Jul 21, 2016 Amna rated it it was amazing
Lovely stories about the friendship between Frog and Toad.
Petya Kokudeva
Обожавам Frog и Toad, историята "Писмото" ми е особено любима от тази книга.
Mar 07, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
I love this book! :D I went with a good friend of mine to Barnes and Noble and at one point we were looking at Nooks and this book was in there. I thought the cover was cute and I'm a fan of frogs so I decided to read it. My friend knows I love reading so she didn't mind. She went to look at magazines.

Anyway, this is a nice, cute, and sometimes silly book about what friendship should be like. It also has funny illustrations to go along with this book. Frog and Toad have an awesome friendship de
Debbie Reiber
Feb 17, 2013 Debbie Reiber rated it it was amazing

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel is a contemporary realistic fiction book. The age group this book is intended for is primary. The book shared five experiences that frog and toad had shared as friends. Frog wakes up Toad for spring because he wants to play, Frog doesn’t feel well so Toad tries to come up with a story for Frog, Frog helps Toad try to find a lost button, Toad looks funny in his bathing suit, and Frog sends Toad a letter because he’s sad he gets no mail.
I thought this was
Jun 12, 2015 Jo rated it it was amazing
This classic early reader recounts 5 different episodes from the friendship of Frog and Toad, usually involving a rather ridiculous situation in which they must help each other out.

It’s hard to put a finger on what makes Lobel’s Frog and Toad books so great. Part of it is his ability to deliver complex stories, and to convey a humorous, deadpan punchline, using such simple words. In this book, for example, upon searching for his lost button and finding five others that don’t fit the bill, Toad f
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Sep 12, 2016 Jon(athan) Nakapalau rated it it was amazing
One of my first "big boy books" that I read all by myself...I hope children still read it.
Nathaniel Chattic
Nov 15, 2009 Nathaniel Chattic rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
Grades: Pre-K (advanced)-1st

This book is a perfect example of taking a theme and creating stories surrounding that theme in a variety of ways that will appeal to younger children just learning to read. Lobel's Frog and Toad series are classic books designed to teach children about the value of friendship. The text is easy to follow, lends a "voice" to both characters, and contains repetition so that young readers should not get lost following along or reading the story. The illustrations follow
Apr 03, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
This 1st/2nd grade book is a compilation of five Frog and Toad stories about friendship. The adventures of Frog and Toad are filled with the small gestures they do for one another such as entertaining each other with stories, or writing one another letters so the other can experience the joy of receiving mail.
This book can be classified as traditional literature because the characters are very simple, and each story progresses quickly through the introduction, conflict & resolution.

This bo
Danni Green
Jul 18, 2016 Danni Green rated it it was amazing
After reading this article ( about the author having been gay, I wanted to go back and read these books which I loved so much as a child before I even knew that gay people (or frogs) existed. How delightful to read these books again with the invitation to see the relationship between the two characters as a loving, committed relationship that could be just as easily interpreted as friendship, romance, both, or something else entirely that transcends label ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Nilsson rated it it was amazing
I'm sorry for Toad because people always like Frog better. Perhaps they think frogs are friendlier, because (granted) they look it. But I've learned that's just a flight of fancy, and it's toads that are friendlier in the end. However, they're both decent fellows in this book, and I don't want to offend either of them.

I feel bad for Toad when everyone is laughing at his swimming suit. Once, when my family went to the beach, I was just wearing a regular fancy suit because I didn't have a swimmi
Michelle Johnson
May 24, 2015 Michelle Johnson rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet book. I've read it multiple times with my emerging reader (Asa) and we sure have enjoyed it. I think what I love best is seeing how great he reads now! He can read any word on the page and barely sound anything out.

But the book is good! And fun!

I wont give a spoiler but when he hands the mail to the snail...UHOH! We laughed and laughed.

The swimsuit chapter is pretty funny too.

This book will always be one of my favorite kids' books because of the fun I've had reading it with my son
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Arnold Stark Lobel 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.
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