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Frog and Toad Together (I Can Read Picture Book) Hardcover – March 6, 1999
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Frog and Toad are best friends -- they do everything together. When Toad admires the flowers in Frog's garden, Frog gives him seeds to grow a garden of his own. When Toad bakes cookies, Frog helps him eat them. And when both Frog and Toad are scared, they are brave together. From the first enchanting story to the last, these five adventures of two best friends are filled with humor and tender affection.
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Now for the negative comments: The Kindle versions are extremely disappointing; the font and illustrations are quite small. One can double tap and increase the font size a little bit, in small sections. This doesn't allow for reading to a child while smoothly running a finger under the words being read, as it would if all of the text on a page was enlarged at once. Running a finger under the text is a significant step in teaching a child to read while using "I Can Read" books, so this particular "double tap" method defeats that purpose.
In addition, the illustrations don't seem as vibrant as in the hardcover books and they can't be enlarged. The publisher did a real disservice to both the author and the readers by the poor job they did in transferring the books into digital format.
Even with my dislike for the way in which the publisher digitalized this book, it is still a very worthwhile purchase. It's message is timeless and the stories and illustrations are sure to appeal to both it's target audience and to the adults reading it to them.
The problem is this isn't really an ebook but a set of scans - single images, two pages at a time, so that you can't even read them in portrait mode. Perhaps the newer Fire models can accommodate this somehow, but on both my Paperwhite and my son's 7" Fire, as well as the Kindle desktop application, each two-page scan is forced into a single landscape display. I don't exaggerate when I say these are nothing but images of the pages. There seems to be no interaction available with the text, and zooming in on the illustrations isn't possible. Even basic pinch zooming in on the entire page isn't permitted.
I don't approve of giving good books poor ratings because of publisher laziness. If I did, this one would get 2 or 3 stars. The colors are a little more vibrant than in the newer print editions, and for what it's worth the scans are clear. The table of contents does work, but not from the Go To menu, only on the actual Table of Contents page.
If you already own these books in print and you have a big Kindle or REALLY good eyesight, go for it. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and buy the physical books. Lobel's work is essential for both children and adults, stunningly wise at times and always beautiful. The Frog and Toad stories are among his best, and these ones are particularly good.
Remembering how much I loved them, I looked for Frog and Toad and found them on Kindle; I've never been so delighted to get a book instantly. Immediately, I read it through, once, twice, three times, smiling all the while, memories of enjoying the stories in the past mixing with the joy of reading them again right now.
I could say that I bought this book to share with my future grandchildren, or for their moral message, or as a keepsake from my childhood. But the truth is that the stories of Frog and Toad are just as sweet and fun to me now as they were 40 years ago.
Don't ask which of these 5 stories is my favorite because truly they all are. And as always, I can't just read one story and put the book down. I have to read them all.
To put it simply, Frog and Toad Together makes me happy. And I imagine that 40 years from now, it still will.
If you are an amazon Prime member, there's a free Frog and Toad musical CD you can listen to on Amazon music.
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As much as my A-Level students enjoyed it, my three year old asks for Frog and Toad most evenings and adores it and I would have been glad to buy it even were it to have fallen flat with the older students.