Frog and Toad are Friend PDF – Overview
Frog and Toad Are Friends is an American children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel and published by Harper & Row in 1970. It inaugurated the Frog and Toad series, whose four books completed by Lobel each comprises five easy-to-read short stories.
Frog and Toad are Friend was a Caldecott Honor Book, or runner-up for the American Library Association Caldecott Medal, which recognizes the year’s best illustration in an American children’s picture book. Frog and Toad Are Friends was adapted as a film with Will Ryan and Hal Smith providing the voices of Frog and Toad with Lobel narrating.
Frog and Toad are Friend
Short stories in Frog and Toad are Friend
- The Story
- A Lost Button
- A Swim
- The Letter
Frog and Toad are Friend – Spring – Frog rushes over to Toad’s house one fine spring morning in April, but Toad is not eager to get up. Frog eventually gets Toad up out of bed and no sooner does he explain about the whole new year they will have together than Toad decides to go back to bed. Since Toad has slept since November, he asks Frog to come back to wake him up when it is half past May.
Not wanting to be lonely until that time, Frog takes advantage of the fact that Toad has not changed his calendar since November and rips off the month pages until he reaches April, but rips off the April page as well and manages to get Toad out of bed to admire the beauty of spring.
Frog and Toad are Friend – The Story – One summer day, Toad notices that Frog is not feeling well and helps him to bed. Frog requests a story, but Toad has difficulty trying to come up with a story to tell his friend. Walking up and down the porch, standing on his head, pouring water over his head, and banging his head against the wall fail to get Toad anywhere, but the latter makes him quite unwell.
However by then, Frog feels better and allows Toad to get in bed so he can tell him a story. Frog tells a story detailing what Toad did for him throughout the chapter, but by the time Frog finishes, Toad is already fast asleep.
Frog and Toad are Friend – A Lost Button – After Frog and Toad return from a long walk, Toad notices a button has fallen off his jacket. Retracing their steps, the friends return to the meadow, the woods, and the stream where they had walked. Frog, a sparrow, and a raccoon each find buttons, but none of them are Toad’s missing buttons.
Eventually, Toad gets so angry over not finding his button that he runs home, and discovers his missing button had fallen off before the walk. To make it up to Frog for the wild goose chase, not only does Toad sew his button back on his jacket, but sews on the other buttons they found as well and gives it to Frog the next day.
Frog and Toad are Friend – A Swim – Frog and Toad go down to the stream to go swimming. While Frog prefers to swim naked, Toad prefers to wear a bathing suit, but tells Frog not to look at him until he’s in the water because he looks funny in his bathing suit. Frog agrees, and the two go for their swim. A turtle comes by, prompting Toad to ask Frog to tell the turtle to leave.
However, even though Frog explains the situation, the turtle, plus some lizards, a grass snake, a pair of dragonflies, and a field mouse all want to see Toad’s bathing suit. Toad decides to stay in the water until everybody leaves, but eventually he has to come out when he begins to shiver and sneeze.
As soon as he gets out, everyone (including Frog) laughs at him. Toad agrees that it’s laughable, he picks up his clothes and goes home.
Frog and Toad are Friend – The Letter – While coming by Toad’s house for a friendly visit, Frog notices Toad looking sad. Toad explains that it is the time when he has to wait for the mail because he never gets any mail. Feeling sad for his friend, Frog goes home, writes a letter addressed to Toad, and asks a snail to deliver the letter to Toad’s house.
Returning to Toad’s house, Frog tries to convince Toad to try again at waiting for the mail, but ends up waiting for it himself. When Toad asks why, Frog mentions the letter and describes what he wrote in it, which cheers up Toad enough to wait for the letter. It takes four days for the snail to reach Toad’s house, but he eventually arrives with Toad’s letter, and Toad is very happy to know the wait was worth it.
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