Book Review: The Frog and Toad Series

Rating: ★★★★★

Frog and Toad are two friends whose similar appearance belies their distinctive personalities.  Toad is impulsive and emotional, and Frog easygoing and rational.  The two of them get into a number of scrapes and adventures together, most of which hinge on their unique character traits.  Lobel’s brief, easy-reader chapters spin out complex, suspenseful plots in a way that looks effortless but is quite rare.  Embedded in the stories are subtle moral implications relating to character qualities such as loyalty, wisdom, and self-control.  The books are interesting enough to use for read-aloud, but simple enough to introduce as a beginner’s read-alone.

Of all the easy-reader books in print, this series may be the best in writing quality, complexity, character development, and humor.  Lobel’s genius has earned, among other awards, a Caldecott Honor for Frog and Toad are Friends and a Newbery Honor for Frog and Toad TogetherFrog and Toad All Year and Days with Frog and Toad were both American Library Association Notable Children’s Books.

This fine collection is available in CD audiobook and mp3 format, but they do need the pictures as accompaniment.

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Publication Information: Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Series. Frog and Toad; HarperCollins. 1970-1979. ISBN: 0439438233.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 04-08, Amblesideonline, Book Tree, Books Children Love, Caldecott Honor,, Easy Readers, First Chapter Books, Honey For a Child's Heart, Newbery Honor, World Books That Show
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Posted on January 28, 2010

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