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Frog and Toad Are Friends

(Frog and Toad #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  86,737 ratings  ·  1,556 reviews
Celebrate the power of friendship in these five adventurous stories starring Frog and Toad—a Caldecott Honor Book!

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. Frog and Toad Are Friends is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but st
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 18th 2003 by HarperCollins (first published August 26th 1970)
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Chris The author's been dead since 1987.…moreThe author's been dead since 1987.(less)
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I have a friend, who I grew up with, who is convinced that Frog and Toad are gay.

My friend is a gay man, so I often accuse him of projecting his beliefs onto unsuspecting puppets like Bert and Ernie and singers like George Michael (yes, he was the first person to tell me that my future dream husband and soul mate, George Michael, was gay, and I still hate him for that scandalous lie). He claims that Frog and Toad were early role models of his, and I am fascinated by such a notion, but, I must ad
Mar 20, 2014 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
Diana | Book of Secrets
"We will skip through the meadows and run through the woods and swim in the river. In the evenings we will sit right here on this front porch and count the stars."

One of my top three favorites from childhood. ♥ Sweet tales about friendship.

• Spring
• The Story
• A Lost Button (love the jacket of mismatched buttons!)
• A Swim
• The Letter

{Olathe Public Schools Core Literature List, Grade 2}
This is a beginning reader classic book. Funny, I have never read this, but I have seen this everywhere and most other people have seemed to have read this book.

It is a story about a great friendship between Toad and Frog. Frog is like the sunshine and Toad needs that sunshine. Toad likes to sleep while Frog likes to bring joy. I have a close friend and she is like Frog and I’m am like Toad. I’m always tired and want to sleep and she gets me out to do things.

The artwork is a picture on half a
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young independent readers who enjoy fantastical animal friendship stories
Well, I simply adore the supremely and sweetly cute and delightful accompanying illustrations. They are tenderly caressing and evocative, and in my opinion, they actually tell the story of frog and toad's friendship in a way that the rather simplistic narrative just does not and cannot. And yes, I also do well know that Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Are Friends is considered to be a classic of American children's literature and that for many, the book likely also holds very fond and nostalgic chi ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
"A little more sleep can not hurt me!!" ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful collection of stories that Neo could take the lead in reading and enjoying. Frog and Toad are great friends, even if they are not always on the same page where it comes to things. As Arnold Lobel explores in these five stories, they are able to help one another and find the best in any situation, without getting too troubled about anyone else. Neo quite liked the pictures and some of the funny aspects of the stories, but also found them easy to read and the plot seemed to make sense ...more
Shawn Thrasher
Jun 03, 2016 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
Feb 07, 2012 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.
Sophie Crane
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
Great characters, written in an easy to follow style. This books has a number of different stories with lovely illustrations and gentle humour. We love it.
Jul 31, 2007 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
Isa Lavinia
Jul 20, 2015 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".

Amar Pai
Sep 13, 2012 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
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-star-5-star, 5-star

This was so funny. I want to talk about the funny parts, but I don't want to spoil it.
Mar 24, 2008 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 18, 2008 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
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love these short stories about these two friends! Toad is hilarious!
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ah nostalgia is hitting me. Going back to school to volunteer for some storytelling and this might be a good place to start off.
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Jan 17, 2012 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 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
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, _fiction
Nice simple words for kids learning to read. All stories revolve about these two dedicated friends. This librarian remarked to me that her 13 year old daughter asked to go see "Frog and Toad" as a play, that had slightly pricey seats, but she caved in. Then the performance reduced her almost to tears it was so good. This book promotes the value of true friendship. ...more
David J. Harris
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t review all of the books I read my kids, actually I don’t review hardly any of them. But this is the first of a collection of children’s stories that celebrate friendship. That quality alone makes them stand out. Every story is about two friends doing small and seemingly insignificant things for one another. That’s it. But it’s wonderful.
Krafty _ Cat
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book for my future kids. I am gonna tell these stories to them with so much love and fun.
Night time stories for babes too. 😊
Its such a short book can be easily completed by an adult in 10 min, but such a powerful stories for kids they will remember them always.
Lauren Hegedus
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Since I’ve decided to base my entire aesthetic/personality on this book, I figured that I should actually read it. I can *officially* confirm that I am Toad, and I am now accepting applications for Frog. Serious inquiries only.
— nova
Whenever I hit a reading slump, there are a few different things I do depending on what kind of reading slump I’m in (because, yes, there are different levels.) If I don’t feel like reading, then I don’t. I do other things & try not to push it (unless it’s been too long and I’m getting behind on my reading goal, then I might try one of the other things.) If I do want to read, but nothing is holding my attention, I usually turn to graphic novels, comic books & manga, because I’m almost always in ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jan 16, 2010 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 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
Chance Lee
Frog and Toad are friends. It's right there in the title. These amphibious Bert-and-Ernies spent their days taking walks and swimming, at least when one is not depressed in bed and the other is trying to cheer him up. Three of the five stories in the book involve at least one of them wanting to stay in bed all day. The other is a cute story about a button that teaches contrasting words -- thick/think, round/square, etc. And the last is a story about Toad's funny bathing suit. Everyone laughs at ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
The robins, who were cruel and discouraging to Toad, could not fly as high as Toad's kite when he finally got it off the ground. Toad is a sweet and sensitive soul, and it's Frog's loving encouragement that gives him the validation and confidence to keep trying.

These are endearing stories about a queer couple, in which one partner has extreme difficulty with depression and executive functioning. In response, the other partner offers love, where most people only offer shame.
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“After I put on my bathing suit, you must not look at me until I get into the water.'

'Why not?' asked Frog.

'Because I look funny in my bathing suit. That is why.' said Toad.”
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