Days With Frog and Toad

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Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media
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Lots of action and intrigue to keep kids engaged.

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Violence & Scariness

Frog tells Toad a story about a ghost called the Old Dark Frog.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the use of recognizable occurrences as story themes (cleaning a room or flying a kite) enriches the stories, as do the expressive illustrations. One story -- "Shivers" -- is a little edgy for this series.

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What's the story?

Will the kite ever get off the ground? Will Toad clean his room? Does scary Old Dark Frog catch our friends? With five new Frog and Toad adventure stories, there's lots of action and intrigue to keep kids engaged. Little ones will love the charming characters, and new readers will find the stories great for practicing their reading skills.


Is it any good?

This entry in the Frog and Toad series contains five stories about two friendly amphibians and their adventures that are so down-to-earth that young readers relate instantly. Although "Shivers," with its scary ghost theme, is a bit edgy for this usually gentle and very kid-friendly series, the children who read these books are typically enthralled by ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night, and will enjoy reading how Toad and Frog deal with similar scary ideas.

As always, the friends are presented in a simple yet engaging fashion, using both easy-to-read words and soft tan-and-moss watercolors. The real joy in the books, however, is the joy Frog and Toad find in their relationship with each other.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the friendship between Frog and Toad. Kids: At what points in the story do they serve as good friends to each other? What does it mean to be a good friend?

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