Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Frog and Toad Are Friends

Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book of short stories about Frog and his friend Toad is a time-tested classic and a good addition to any collection. Frog and Toad may not be having the kinds of adventures where they end up saving the world, but their stories of waking up from hibernation, losing buttons off of coats, and being worried about looking funny in their swimsuits is quite entertaining, and the large print, easy vocabulary, and short sentences make it easy for young children to read on their own or follow along with their parent or an older sibling that's reading the book to them. The illustrations, mostly in greens, browns, and grays, are done in a pen and watercolor style that many parents today might remember from their own childhoods, as the book received the Caldecott in 1971. Recommended for grades K-2.

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