Frog and Toad Are Friends (An I Can Read Book)

by Arnold Lobel

Hardcover, 1970





HarperCollins (1970), Hardcover, 64 pages


Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

Original publication date


Physical description

64 p.; 8.83 inches


0060239573 / 9780060239572



User reviews

LibraryThing member farfromkansas
Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Are Friends is a Caldecott Honor Book that provides a fanciful look at the relationship between two amphibians. The book, which is geared towards very young readers (who are branching out beyond the 32-page picture book format), includes five stories about the upbeat Frog and his depressive friend Toad; over the course of these five stories, the two amphibians look for buttons, go swimming, and (most importantly) bond by the pond. The two characters serve as interesting charater foils: to use Winnie-the-Pooh as a reference point, just imagine Tigger and Eeyore going on adventures together.

The fantasy elements of the story are obvious: Frog and Toad are anthropomorphic creatures who live in little houses and who wear miniature variations of men’s fashion. Because the book is aimed at younger readers, Frog and Toad retain childlike personalities and qualities that make them believable and relatable for younger readers. The stories do maintain a consistency in Lobel’s narrative framework, although I find it curious that Frog and Toad are the only characters in the forest who wear clothing: are amphibians simply more modest/self-conscious in appearance than other woodland creatures…?

The best word to describe this book is “cute:” the two main characters illustrate friendship and compassion over the course of the book, and Lobel presents these five stories in very accessible, “kid-friendly” language. While A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh may be more sophisticated and clever, Lobel’s book is still an endearing testament to the power of friendship.

[On an unrelated side-note: Frog bears a striking resemblance to Kermit the Frog, which makes me wonder whether or not Jim Henson was inspired by Lobel’s book. Does anyone know for certain…?]

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends. New York: Harper & Row, 1970. Print.
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LibraryThing member bperkins07
Genre: Frog and Toad is a classic fairy tale. It's characters are humanized animals that are best friends. The book contains several stories that show a nice little snapshot of the simple lives of Frog and Toad.

Characterization: Frog and Toad are round characters. The author cleverly characterizes the characters through their actions, and by how they contrast each other. While both characters are loyal, for example, Toad is a much more reluctant friend, and is often fixing his mistakes. Frog, on the other hand, will do anything for his friend in a heartbeat.… (more)
LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
This was my main Frog and Toad as a kid, and rereading it now it's a bit more plodding than Frog and Toad Together, the one with the tandem bike on the front that is my son's main Frog and Toad, and doesn't really get into Lobel's light surreal touches and winks at the grups that are a later trademark, but I was the kind of slightly plodding toddler that loved saying things like "all cozy!" so, you know, plenty of time for surrealism DOWN THE LINE.… (more)
LibraryThing member Crowyhead
One of the best kids' books ever! It makes me warm and fuzzy.
LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This book includes five stories about the things that frog and toad do together as friends. Frog wakes toad up from the winter, they tell each other stories, they search for Toad’s button, they go for a swim, and Frog writes toad a letter. The stories are simple but funny. This is a Caldecott Honor Book.
LibraryThing member cjfox73
A gentle tale of true friendship. The book is also humorous and fun.
LibraryThing member kshielee
This is a poor example of fantasy because there are not forces of good and evil and there is no magic, but the story could not happen in the real world. Frog is a round character because he is well developed and changes throughout the story.
LibraryThing member Omrythea
A wonderful, easy to read story of friendship. A timeless classic. Great humor and just right for beginning readers.
LibraryThing member aconant05
Frog and Toad have little adventures and mistakes, but everything always ends up okay because of their true friendship with each other.
LibraryThing member dchaves
M had this for home reading. I love that this story is about friendships. They are such an important part of a beginner-reader's world.
LibraryThing member paraespanol
These books are so great for children to read. I find that these words are simple enough for beginning children, yet they are also challenging enough for those that need more challenge. The book has a story line that leaves them open enough to keep reading about toad and frog. LOVE THEM!
LibraryThing member Amber_88
This is an example of fantasy because a frog and a toad are talking and interacting with each other and other animals, but they are dealing with real life situations and experiences, such as expressing emotions, including embarrassment over a swimsuit and sadness over not receiving mail, losing possessions, and feeling sick.
These stories are too short to otherwise critique the plot, setting, or characters, except for the general notion that Frog and Toad are constantly growing in friendship with each other, as they have more and more experiences together.
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LibraryThing member agracie89
"Frog and Toad" is a good book for intermediate readers. It contains five stories in one. Children will find Frog and Toad's relationship humorous and entertaining as they go on their various outings and share funny conversations.
LibraryThing member kmcgiverin05
This is a fantasy early chapter book about a frog and toad's relationship. The frog and toad are the main characters who do many things, including talk. I would use this in the classroom for beginning readers and for teaching on relationships. I think the characters frog and toad were fairly round characters, but we didn't know much about their past.… (more)
LibraryThing member MDees
This Frog and Toad book is about friendship. Frog and Toad share five adventures in this book including swimming, springtime, feeling sick, a lost button and the letter. This book is a chapter book for early readers.
I like this book because the stories are entertaining and involve friendship. The illustrations are also very nice, you are able to see the interaction of Frog and Toad in watercolor. I enjoyed reading this book as well as having my daughter read it aloud to me.
I would use this book to discuss friendship in the classroom. The adventure involving springtime has Toad hibernating through winter, so another great classroom extension would be to include this story in a science lesson.
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LibraryThing member macfly_17
This is a good book for very young readers. The plot is not great, but it is interesting enough to keep kids going. And the pictures help a lot. There are five short chapters, all are about a different subject.
LibraryThing member cbruiz
This book characterizes the friendship of Toad and Frog. Toad is awaken by Frog because it is springtime. Toad wants to go back to sleep until May. Frog will be lonely without toadso he rips off the calendar until it reads May and wakes up Toad. The two skip off happily. Frog wasn't feeling well in summer, so Toad made him a hot cup of tea. Frog wants Toad to tell him a story, but Toad doesn't have any in mind. He stands on his head, splashes himself with water, and and bangs his head against a wall; now Toad lies in bed. He asks frog to tell him a story, but falls asleep. Toad loses his button. He asks sparrow and racoon, and they show him different buttons than his own. He goes home and finds the button he was looking for, and sews on the button for frog. They go for a swim. Toad wears a bathing suit and is embarrased, while frog freeballs it. Turtle, snake, dragonfly, mouse, and lizards meet up and all stare at Toad in his bathing suit, laughing. Toad gets embarrassed and goes home. This book is quite hillarious. The pictures reveal the date which the book originally was published, but the stories and jokes are timeless.… (more)
LibraryThing member saralogue
This is another heart warming book about the relationship between Frog and Toad. They have wonderful interactions that all readers can relate to, which makes these books accessible to young readers and older readers alike.
LibraryThing member Jasignature
My favourite book of my childhood - it always makes me think of my brother and I.
I don't think there is anything homo-erotic about this. It just gives an entertaining read upon a Utopian and Dystopian friendship if at all. If I were to do a similar work as my first book, I would be quite stoked about it to be honest. Frog and Toad rules !!!… (more)
LibraryThing member Toriv
Frog is really nice to Toad. They are really good friends.
LibraryThing member aezeek
This is an amazing little chapter book with five separate stories/adventure that best friends Frog and Toad go on together. One is about losing a button, one is about being embarassed in a bathing suit, one is about wanting to receive mail, one is about sleeping with trickery involved, and one is about being sick and trying to make your best friend feel better. This book illustrates the meaning of true friendship!… (more)
LibraryThing member dgadkins88
Frog and Toad agreed: it was a perfect day for a swim. And Frog was kind enough not to look at Toad in his bathing suit, per Toad's request. But when the swimming was over, a crowd had gathered to see Toad in his funny-looking suit, and neither Frog nor Toad could make them leave.
LibraryThing member umbarman
This is a great book for children to show them the true meaning of friendship. Frog and Toad are Friends has five short stories that show how these two friends get along - and what they do for each other.
LibraryThing member fnborries
This is a great book for you to have in your classroom. I would have it in a 2nd grade. It is very easy to read but it has five different stories and adventures that frog and toad go through.
LibraryThing member calvetti
This is a great book for children to show them the true meaning of friendship. Frog and Toad are Friends has five short stories that show how these two friends get along - and what they do for each other.




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