The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a Newbery Honor Award recipient in 1973.
This collection of five stories includes ‘The Garden’ (Toad does everything he can to make his seeds grow), ‘Cookies’ (Frog and Toad try not to eat all their cookies by using willpower) and ‘Dragons and Giants’ (the two friends face their fears on a trip up a mountain).
All the stories are rooted in very real situations and Frog and Toad display a range of reactions and emotions that should resonate with any child. Each story explores a positive quality such as willpower, bravery or working hard in a way that will relate to a child’s own experiences. This is not to say that the stories are preachy, rather they are funny, engaging and touching.
Julia Donaldson is quoted on the cover as saying “I hugely admire and envy Arnold Lobel; he is my hero” and I can see why. In a deceptively simple and straightforward way, Lobel uses Frog and Toad to explore some big concepts while also providing some big laughs along the way. Frog and Toad Together is a treat and should encourage a new generation of young readers to fall in love with the two best friends.