In what can only be described as the longest amphibian friendship in world history, Frog and Toad are still Friends (at least I’d like to think so). Frog and Toad are the two main characters of a small series of outstanding children’s books written by Arnold Lobel back in the seventies. These are my most remembered and loved childhood books (yes, I can remember that far back). My favourite book the the series was the first one, named simply, Frog and Toad are Friends. Please share it with your children.
I read these books to my daughter as often as I can. While she is currently at the ‘eating stuff and dropping stuff’ stage, I hope that she will come to enjoy these books as much as I did when I was a child.
Frog and Toad are Friends includes wonderful illustrations (all of the books in the series do) and five stories: Spring; The Story (my personal favourite); A Lost Button; A Swim; and The Letter. Each story centers around friendship with various subthemes centering around things like empathy, perseverence, bravery, kindness, caring, and love, etc. It is also a Caldecott Award Winner.
One of the things I like most about these books is that they focus on friendship (and the active and ongoing empathy inherent to good friendships). There are a lot of good children’s books available today, but many of them seem to focus on individuality. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with individuality; it is just that we get a lot of the ‘individuality message’ from so many sources already (at least in Western culture). Friendship deserves a place in any child’s bookshelf.
There are three other books published in the Frog and Toad series: Frog and Toad Together, Days with Frog and Toad, and Frog and Toad All Year. Each of them are outstanding. I recommend that you borrow them all from your local library, fall in love with each and every story, and then go buy yourself copies of each of them. I am quite sure that you will not be disappointed. The fact that these books have been enjoyed for so many years make them a frugal living favourite (how many other items around your house can you say that you have enjoyed for forty years? A few items I bet, but not many). These are the types of items that represent excellent and long-lasting value.
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Author: Jason Milburn Google
Frog and Toad Are Friends, By Arnold Lobel
This book is a must have. It remains one of my most memorable books as a child and I am now sharing it with my daughter. The stories teach of friendship, empathy, perseverance, love, compromise, and bravery. Any book with this much staying power is worth a look (and a place on your bookshelf).