Frog and Toad Are Friends (Frog and Toad, #1)
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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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Brian
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 and...more
Gundula
Jan 22, 2012 Gundula rated it 3 of 5 stars
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 Frog and Toad Are Friends 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...more
Greg
Aug 29, 2007 Greg rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Julie
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.

Kathryn
"THE WHOLE WORLD IS COVERED IN BUTTONS AND NOT ONE OF THEM IS MINE!!!"
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....more
Ronyell
“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...more
Susan
Jan 20, 2008 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Amar Pai
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
Lisa Vegan
Mar 10, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Tatiana
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...more
Randie
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...more
Dolly
Jun 29, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Lyla
Feb 16, 2013 Lyla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pre-School, Toddler, Beginning readers
I LOVE Frog and Toad. We have three collections and I read through them once a week or so. The stories are mellow and sweet with a slow pace. My 2 year old loves them as does my 4 year old. Classics : )

I think it will be wonderful for a beginning reader to practice with.
Alyssa Prater
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...more
Inspired Kathy
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.
Nathaniel Chattic
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...more
Katie
Frog and Toad are Friends
3 out of 5 stars

Lobel uses illustrations of pen and ink that are framed to express the story well for the readers. The illustrations are not vivid, which helps the young reader to focus on the text. The illustrations alternate between being framed in a black outline to the edges of pictures being almost blurry. There is a lot of white, negative space. Again, this helps to support the reader so that he/she is not overwhelmed when viewing a page. The author uses a lot o...more
Melissa
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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
What a surprise! I know I read this several times in years past, but since I've joined goodreads I have, by writing reviews and joining discussions, read more critically and attentively, and this time I got much more out of the book.

Gosh these two are lively. Not only are they very close friends with good hearts, but they also know when to exercise a little Tough Love upon each other. (Ripping an extra month off the calendar.) They're also sometimes impulsive & scattered, like the children w...more
Debbie Reiber

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...more
Jessica Minnoia
This book has 5 stories in it about friendship between a frog and a toad. The qualities of friendship in three of the short stories are valuable. For example in one Toad is upset because he never receives mail. So Frog writes a letter and has Snail deliver it to him. Toad and Frog both believe he is never going to receive the letter, but it arrives 4 days later (since Snail is so slow).
One of the short stories titled "The story" uses a lot of repetition with short phrases which would be great f...more
Clare Wojda
1. Genre - Fantasy/Science Fiction
2. Awards - National Book Award for Children's Literature Caldecott Honor, George C. Stone Center for Children's Books Recognition of Merit Award
3. Grade Level - K-2
4. This would be great for grades K through 4, but ideally I would use it in a second grade classroom by first reading the book to the students and then discussing activities they like to do with their friends. I would then have them paint a watercolor picture of what their "perfect day" would be lik...more
julio
they'd send all the rest of my kindergarten class into the other room for nap-time.

but I'd stay on the Reading Rug, unmoving, leveling an intent look at the matron.

she'd roll her eyes, sigh, and pull this book down off the shelf for me as she herded the other kids into their cots.

and that's how I learned I could trade sleep for words.
Beverly Kennett
This 1971 Caldecott honor book of short stories made me giggle at times because of the chidlike emotions and activities these animals portrayed. The text is controlled for readability and yet more interesting than most basals because it creates real images and feelings, it dosen't feel watered down. It is a nice transition from having children read repetitive phrased picture books to early chapter books because there were several instances of repetitive phrasing, but they were woven into the nar...more
Stef
It's Springtime and Frog is looking forward to a whole year of happy times with his best friend, Toad. If only Toad would agree to wake up from his long winter nap. In the first of five short stories, clever Frog finds a way to wake his sleepy friend. This is essentially a book about friendship, Toad is the slower, more naive and childlike of the two whilst Frog is the older, wiser adult figure. They have a warm and supportive relationship. When Frog doesn't feel well, Toad tries to tell him a s...more
Jill
Author: Arnold Lobel

Illustration: Arnold Lobel

Title: Frog and Toad Are Friends

Publisher: HarperCollins

Copyright: 1970

Genre: An I Can Read Book, Early Reader

Grade Level/ Age: 1st to 3rd grade

Lexile: 400L

Rating: 5

Summary/Reason for Rating: This book is five stories/chapters in one book. It’s about the friendship between Frog and Toad and the adventures they encounter together including the start of spring, being sick and coming up with a story, losing a button, going swimming, and waiting for a le...more
Kristine Mathias
This is a rather long story about true friendship. It teaches many lessons about how friends should help each other and that friendship is to be cherished. It shows how opposites can attract when one friend may be grumpy and one may be constantly cheery. Even when we feel like laughing at our friends, we don't. When a friendship is as marvelous as the one we read about in this book we just know what to do with that friend. Even though one friend is a toad and one is a frog they have a friendship...more
Jennifer Bollinger
Rate: 3

Review: the book frog and toad is a suitable book for young children to read. The book frog and toad is telling children that friends will always be there for one another no matter what. Just like in the story frog and toad went everywhere with each other because they were best friends. Always trust your best friends because they will always be there for you when you them.


Author: Arnold Lobel

The author Arnold Lobel was an American author of children's books including the frond and road s...more
Leila El-ayadi
Having read the frog and toad books when I was younger I would recommend them to young readers even though they may be seen as old fashioned. The short stories follow the adventures of the best friends and takes a deeper look at their relationship. The boooks deal with arguments between friends, trust and respect. The books are also based around nature and everyday activities which is a breath of fresh air in childrens literature
Sarah
Feb 07, 2014 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: elementary students, parents, teachers
Recommended to Sarah by: School Library Journal "One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century"
Shelves: children, week-1
Characters: Frog, Toad, a turtle, some lizards, a snake, two dragonflies, a field mouse, a snail
Setting: the meadow and pond near which Frog and Toad have made their homes

Target audience: 1st grade - 3th grade

While we are never too old to read tales of compassion, caring, and unequivocal friendship, Lobel's Frog and Toad tales primarily speak to children in primary grades. The language is basic, the sentences are short, and the chapters in the books are just the right length to make for the perf...more
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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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