Frog and Toad All Year

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Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media
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Excellent beginning reader for kids.

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age 5+
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the title characters are likable and children will enjoy reading about or hearing their seasonal adventures. The pictures are expressive and engaging.

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Parent of a 3 and 7-year-old Written bynicemom13 August 29, 2009

good book

It's great for learning about the seasons. It's so funny!

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What's the story?

Seasons change, but friendship doesn't, as Toad and Frog prove in five stories. Be it a simple walk by the river, an exciting sleigh ride, or the magic of Christmas Eve, everything is better when shared with a special friend.


Is it any good?

This is another excellent beginning reader by Arnold Lobel, whose characters personify the values -- respect, caring, humor -- that all friends should share. In five well-told stories (accompanied by his trademark swamp-brown and moss-green sketches), Lobel takes his readers through a year of adventures that are not only instantly identifiable but also heartwarming and inspiring.

Kids will enjoy the vocabulary, which is easy to read but not overly simple. They can relate to the amphibious characters' human qualities. Sometimes Frog and Toad try to do the right thing (such as when Toad buys ice-cream cones for Frog and himself to counteract the heat of a summer day) and their good intentions turn out all wrong (the chocolate ice cream melts all over Toad, who then, looking like an "ice-cream monster," scares the forest creatures -- including Frog).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Frog and Toad's friendship. In what ways do they try to help each other? How do they react when things don't quite turn out as they'd hoped?

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