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Days with Frog and Toad (Frog and Toad #4)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  14,730 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Frog and Toad enjoy spending their days together. They fly kites, celebrate Toad's birthday, and share the shivers when Frog tells a scary story. Most of all, they have fun together—every day of the year.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1979)
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Whilst standing around a bookshop waiting on not 2 but 3 attendants to find a book I was looking for, this book caught my eye as I had just commented on a fellow Goodread's review. So, as I waited, I read.

This is a waste of the paper it was printed on. The stories are drivel (in truth they bring to mind Dick and Jane from years gone by) and the illustrations lack any vibrancy at all.

One story ( "Hat" ) out of the 5 or 6 that are contained brought a mild smile forth ( or was that the store clerk
Shawn Thrasher
Frog and Toad stories are always brilliant little gems, and these are no exception. "The Kite" is the best and most humorous story to read aloud (those Robins in the story are Frieda, Patty and Violet from Peanuts). "Alone" is the most poignant. As with all the stories, Frog is generally the calm words of wisdom and voice of reason to Toad's hysterics, grumpy-old-man-ness, bad moods, suspicious, and self deprecation. Frog is essentially Toad's ego, navigating between Toad's id and superego. Freu ...more
Even the title sounds a bit nostalgic. This is the last in the series about Frog and Toad, who are different but very good friends. Published in 1979, the two have not changed a whole lot, though the stories have gotten funnier - droll is perhaps a better word.

The pessimistic Toad is procrastinating in "Tomorrow" until he realizes that he's down in the dumps because of all he has to do tomorrow - so he does it all today and tires himself out.

In "The Kite," Frog's optomism pays off. "Shivers" has
Frog and Toad books bring back so many memories from my childhood! I remember so vividly my mom reading these books to me before bed. Everything from the pictures of a green frog and toad in "old man" clothing, to Toad's negative way of thinking takes me back to my childhood. I think that this book holds five short stories that pack great life lessons, such as; don't procrastinate, don't give up even if other people are doubting you, and sometimes being a little bit afraid is a good thing. Glad ...more
As a part of getting our boy to read, we bought this in addition to the boxed Frog and Toad set. These are wonderful, gentle, funny and very readable books. They address life's mysteries without flinching (for example being scared, worry, death, loss, feeling uncertain, the meaning and value of friendship) and for their age group they are very, very readable (and adults can enjoy reading them aloud without finding themselves bored). I would love to have met Arnold Lobel. He belongs up there with ...more
AJ Griffin
Jul 03, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Written on the wall of the bathroom in a local cafe:

"Englishman dies from 'friendly fire.'
Just like an American
to stab his only friend in the back.
Scorpion and Frog!!!!"

Subsequently added by me:

"Frog and Toad"

Subsequently added by some uncouth fellow:

"Fuck the Toad."

Why so much vehemence? If it weren't for Frog and Toad, I wouldn't have made it through church every Sunday. I would write about how every relationship is comprised of a Frog and a Toad, but I can't really remember which one was whi
Adam Donald
Days with Frog and Toad is a compilation of five stories about two best friends. Frog and Toad live in a forest and spend all their time with each other. In this particular Frog and Toad book they tell ghost stories, fly kites, go on picnics, celebrate Toad’s birthday and even do house cleaning; all while strengthening their relationship. When Toad doesn’t want to clean house, Frog talks him through it and helps him get it done so they can enjoy the day. When Frog buys Toad a hat that doesn’t fi ...more
I like the series very much, so I bought the audiobook on CD.
Why do I like it?
Because it describes a good friendship and good-hearted characters. Frog and Toad have defferent personalities, but they respect each other.
That's why I love the series.
Steven Daviau
this frog and toad book deals the joys of spending time with your friends, celebrating birthdays and how much fun it can be telling scarry stories. the overall idea of the book is just how much fun it is to spend time with a good friend.
Any book with Frog and Toad are great books to teach children about EVERYTHING!!! From sight words, to narrotive elements. I remember learning to read these books in the 1st grade.
May 03, 2007 Rory rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like frogs, or toads, or neither
Shelves: kids
what a great read, eh? i'm still recommending it to kids on a weekly basis and getting thanked for doing so by parents who'd forgotten it.
Clare Cannon
This is my favourite, favourite Frog and Toad. Friendship, humour, simplicity... it's just perfect!
Both my 2-year-old and 4-year-old love to listen to these stories.
I would probably give two and a half stars to this book.
The three preceding Frog and Toad volumes and this fourth one have, collectively, made an impression in my mind that is significantly deeper than I had been expecting. Arnold Lobel writes about the pure sweetness and innocence of friendship with such a quietly sure style that the result truly is something remarkable, a legacy of fine literature in its simplest forms that will touch the hearts of the highbrow and non-intellectual with equa
Nausheen Ukani
Days with Frog and Toad is a book filled with three short stories that I had the opportunity to read to my 1st grade students. Frog and Toad are two best friends, but the reason I wanted to use this story is because each character is so unique, and I love how the author, Arnold Lobel, was able to create consistent personalities through each short story.

Lobel does a great job building these characters, and I feel like I am able to identify with the author's imagination. From the very first short
As a child growing up, these were my first books that I read to my parents to show how proud I was of my reading abilities. The division of short stories in the book provides small looks into the lives of two lovable characters. The stories are simple, funny and it is apparent that the book tries to introduce more difficult words into the reading to help the reader. I would use this with children who are just beginning to read and need a boost of confidence and fun.

Kelley Bennett
The book, Days with Frog and Toad, contains several short stories instead of one long one. This gives new readers a break in their reading. So although the book is 64 pages long it has 5 stories with pictures intertwined within the text. It is definitely a beginner's read but could also be a great read aloud for younger students. And frog and toad are such sweet friends that you can't help but love them.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Ds read aloud as his reader.

I can't say much more than I have already said with the previous three books in this series. This was the last one published but it does not matter which order you read them in. Once again Lobel proves that the perfect children's book transcends all ages. Ds and I had a great laugh at the antics of Frog and Toad. They are just plain silly and yet they ring true with our everyday life. Frog and Toad each has their own distinct pe
Shivers is the best Frog and Toad story ever, followed closely by Alone and both stories are in this compilation. Who hasn't enjoyed hearing or telling a scary story just to feel the shivers that are only fun while safely in your own home or snuggled in a sleeping bag?
The best part?
"'Frog' said Toad, 'Did this really happen?'
'Maybe it did and maybe it didn't,' said Frog...
[and later:]
'Frog,' said Toad,'Was that a true story?'
'Maybe it was and maybe it wasn't'"

And finally: "Frog and Toad sat clo
Cute, amusing, but trivial. Several short, simple stories about buddies frog and toad, with frog being the older brother/father kind of figure--the more mature, balanced perspective (relatively speaking--he still likes to scare himself with spooky stories) as against the more childish toad. The first two stories are fairly basic little morality tales about not procrastinating and not giving up, but the others have a bit (a little bit) more heft to them. The final one, about the pleasures of bein ...more
More great stories from Arnold Lobel.

The only caveat: I didn't read Shivers to my three-year-old. I wasn't so sure that I wanted him imagining a huge Old Dark Toad that eats little toads. Maybe I'm just a sissy.
even if you are not a child, can enjoy the reading :).
I loved it too much.
you can take these short stories and can put in your presentation for the small entertainment...
awesome read!!!
Mariah Logsdon
Interest Level: K-2 Grades
Lexile Measure: 320L

Contains short stories about two frogs who are friends and encourages struggling readers to read with the use of easy vocabulary and sight words.
Jillian Warren
Early readers will enjoy this book because it is an easy read. It is broken into smaller stories. The multiple adventures and stories of frog and toad help you to fall in love with the characters.
Kayla Lutz
I believe that the Frog and Toad series are perfect for struggling readers. The sentences are very short and simple, which is what makes it such a good easy-to-read book. Also, the print is large and there are small pictures on every page for the readers to look at. These books are arranged by simple, short stories about the friendship of Frog and Toad. Children can relate to the experiences that Frog and Toad go through, such as not wanting to clean, play and generally different aspects of frie ...more
Brooke Birchler
This is a cute book that contains three short stories about two friends, Frog and Toad. This would be a good book to recommend to children who are just getting into chapter books.
I found this book to be enjoyable. I read it with my oldest daughter years ago. It was not one of the most interesting books we read together and lost interest in the Frog and Toad books after a while.
Great little book. Perfect level for practicing my Spanish. I need to find something else similar since I've already read the others in English. I do wish the names had been translated differently. Why not stick with frog and toad? (Rana y Sapo). What does Sepo even mean? And why is Frog's name changed to Toad?
I love the friendship btw Toad & Frog it reminds me so much of my own friendships & brings back so many childhood memories. I really love these stories.
The plot was amazing, the characters admirable, and the setting is beyond compare.

I've been reading this book since I was about three. Very good.
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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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Frog and Toad (7 books)
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