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Children's LiteratureIt is the twenty-fifth anniversary of this wonderful book and readers who have not met the often clueless Toad and his level-headed friend Frog are in for a treat. The rest of us can just greet these green and brown illustrated volumes as the old friends they have become. In this easy reader of five short chapters, Toad dreads tomorrow when he has so much work to do—so Frog reasonably suggests they do it today. And while all of the animals tell Toad that his kite will not fly, Frog persuades him to just try one more time. The two friends enjoy a scary story beside the fire, Frog adjusts a too-big hat for Toad, and they rejoice in their friendship in spite of a wet picnic. Lobel was a grand master at big thoughts housed in little stories and both adults and children grasp this with ease and delight. Every child deserves to know this series; it is a part of our literary heritage now—and still a worthwhile book for new readers to try. 2004 (orig. 1979), HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.