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The value of a mutually caring friendship is explored throughout this collection of stories and encourages readers to treasure the friends they have present in their own lives. Frog and Toad's selfless actions are great examples of positive behavior that may encourage readers to act in a similar manner with pure intentions.
Positive Role Models
Frog and Toad exemplify the true meaning of friendship as the two friends selflessly find ways to make the other feel happier, more appreciated, and genuinely loved. These two characters, despite their distinctly different personalities, are able to use their specific qualities to maintain their budding companionship.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids readily relate to these two friends, and the stories in Frog and Toad Are Friends strike a chord with developing readers. The short five tales about friendship have simple, easy-to-follow plots that will engage both advanced and emerging readers alike. These stories explore the many facets of friendship and make for a timeless read.
Is It Any Good?
The adventures of these two amphibians make for some of the simplest -- and most enjoyable -- chapter books for developing readers. Toad and Frog are, indeed, friends, and their respect for each other comes through on every page. Arnold Lobel's writing is engaging without being cloying, and the vocabulary is basic without being babyish. The story is illustrated with swamp-toned sketches of the friends and their surroundings.
Even though the characters are fictional, the feelings they share (and convey to their young readers) are very real, and the care they show for each other and the world around them stands as a good example of behavior. Children seem to relate strongly to these tales. In response to "The Letter," in which Frog becomes Toad's pen pal to fulfill his friend's desire for mail, one boy said, "I never get mail either! That is sad!" The themes of friendship and growing up seem to resonate strongly -- even if they're expressed by amphibians.
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