A classic from 1970, “Frog and Toad Are Friends” is perfect for young readers as a first chapter book with its repetition, sight words, short sentences and beguiling characters. Pre-readers would also enjoy this as a read-aloud with its small, descriptive illustrations on nearly every page.
Readers quickly discover that Frog and Toad are friends but are also different from each other. Frog is excited for spring and wants to “. . . skip through the meadows and run through the woods and swim in the river. . .”. In contrast, Toad wants to sleep until “. . . about half past May.” But these differences are resolved through gentle humor and empathy. Each animal shows concern for the welfare of the other in various ways. When Frog is sick, Toad sits with him and tries so hard to think of a story to make Frog feel better that he makes himself sick. When Toad is sad about never getting any mail, Frog sits with him in his sadness, then cheers him up by writing him a letter.
Frog and Toad’s friendship is portrayed as doing fun things together, like hiking, swimming, and sharing stories. It is also shown to be much deeper than that; it’s about caring for friends and helping them in their time of need. Frog and Toad show children what it means to be true friends through this simple, humorous, and touching book.
Big Bob likes trucks and throwing balls and being loud. Little Bob likes dolls and jingling bracelets and being quiet. No matter what they do, they do not do it the same way. Can they possibly be friends despite these differences?
When Hippo saves Mouse after he falls into the lake, Mouse paints his new friend’s portrait to thank him.
What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?
The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.
To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).
This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.