What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that universal themes in the book -- like eating too many cookies or having a strange dream -- are easy for youngsters to relate to. The expressive, loveable characters are fun to follow through page after page of silly adventures.
What's the story?
Have you ever eaten too many cookies? Run away from a scary snake? Dreamed that you were bigger than your friends? Frog and Toad have. Sometimes the world seems strange and dangerous to them, but as long as they have their friendship--there's nothing they can't do.
Is it any good?
In five stories, Frog and Toad learn such things as patience, courage, and willpower. Arnold Lobel makes a short vocabulary list go a long way, teaching his readers positive attributes while keeping their interest with engaging story lines. The brown-and-green-hued watercolor sketches are a strong accompaniment to the stories. The sketches of Toad's activities while he not-so-patiently waits for his seeds to grow capture the mood of the young toad precisely.
"The List" shows the benefits of organization, but tempers that with the need for flexibility, while "The Cookies" shows that you can have too much of a good thing -- even willpower. The stories are simple but interesting, practical yet humorous, and never stray from the central theme: The two friends can figure out almost any problem they face.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how friends help each other. Kids: What adventures have you had that turned out better because you were with a friend? What problems have you been able to solve with a friend's help?