A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
Is It Any Good?
The five 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. 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.
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