Days with Frog and Toad Book and Tape (I Can Read Book 2) Audio Cassette – Abridged, March 28, 1990
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About the Author
Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.
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For example, in the kite story, some decidedly mean-spirited things are said—things that are difficult to explain to a toddler who has never experienced teasing, insulting words, and the like. While the other books in the series are rated "G," this title is closer to a "PG" rating—it will require some amount of work on the part of parents to explain it to kids that remain reasonably innocent.
At the same time, it's still Frog and Toad—the characters haven't changed, and neither, ultimately, has the wisdom involved in these stories—it's just that in this volume, there is a greater mismatch between the reading level and the kinds of wisdom being presented.
It's not an egregious difference—and we still read these stories to our toddler, just as we have with the other titles—but the difference is there, nonetheless.
As we all know, Frog and Toad are good friends. When Toad was in the dumps, literally: his house was a dump and he was in it and depressed about it, Frog was there for his friend to point out what he needed to do and Toad was able to realize what he needed to do, get his chores done, get out of the dumps and really enjoy life again. Frog didn't judge Toad and say "You are bad," nor did he reject him as hopeless but he didn't do Toad's chores for him either; he was there for Toad while Toad got himself out of the dumps and Felt much better.
Frog and Toad do fun things together like flying kites. Frog encourages Toad to keep going when he wants to give up, and Toad keeps trying at Frogs encouragement until they succeed and enjoy their success together.
Frog and Toad entertain each other, like the time Frog had Toad over for tea by the fireplace in comfortable chairs and Frog told such a scary story that he gave them both the shivers.
They share special occasions together, like birthdays, feeling each other's sadness or joy, and when things go wrong, sacrificing to make them right.
Sometimes they might have misunderstandings and insecurities, but they reassure each other and appreciate each other's efforts.
Frog and Toad are a great example of "best friendship."
"Days with Frog and Toad", by Arnold Lobel is a charming and heart-warming look at friendship in five chapters or "days." Every child should read this marvelous synopsis of a "best friendship" and have an adult explain the subtleties of building and maintaining great relationships.
Lobel does a fantastic job of writing about the ups and downs of friendship. He makes the characters accessible to people of any age. I read these to my daughter and after awhile, she was reading them back to me.
One of the great children's book series, and I hope they continue to publish them for years to come. If you are on the fence, you simply will not regret buying these for your kids.
Top international reviews
good example of loyalty and integrity between the two friends.