Frog and Toad Are Friends
Author/Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Publisher: Harper and Row
Publication Year: 1970
Brief Summary: Best friends Frog and Toad go through many adventures together, including going swimming, finding lost buttons, and writing letters.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1971′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ‘
- Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Kids Reading List, 2008 ; Oprah/ALSC ; The Classics
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- Discuss Frog and Toad’s friendship — what makes it work? What makes a good friend? What are some examples of Frog and Toad being good friends to each other?
- Have you ever tried making up a story, like Toad? Is it easy or hard for you? Did you like Toad’s story?
- Practice letter writing and assign students pen pals from another class or another grade or another school. What are the key elements in a letter? Discuss different types of letters — informal ones to friends/family, formal ones to teacher/boss, short memos, etc. — and the appropriate use of each. How is letter writing different from texting, essay-writing, creative stories, etc.?
- How did Frog trick Toad into waking up early for Spring?
- Discuss the different buttons Frog and Toad saw in the Lost Button chapter. Have kids each bring in a button from home and glue it onto a “coat” (make it out of felt). Discuss different shapes, colors, and sizes with young children.
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Capilano Library