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The Frogs and Toads All Sang

The Frogs and Toads All Sang

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by Arnold Lobel

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From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes a brand-new collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, The Frogs and Toads All Sang has the same warmth, compassion, and humor that is found in his best-loved work. Brimming with sweet silliness, this new book reminds us why Arnold Lobel's


From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes a brand-new collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, The Frogs and Toads All Sang has the same warmth, compassion, and humor that is found in his best-loved work. Brimming with sweet silliness, this new book reminds us why Arnold Lobel's characters continue to be so popular years after debut.

Editorial Reviews

This sweetly silly picture book is a treasure from the past. Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel died in 1987, but he left behind a manuscript of rollicking, rhyming stories about frogs and toads. Lobel's daughter Adrianne has lovingly edited this entertaining collection, presenting it as a uplifting posthumous gift from her beloved father.
Publishers Weekly

Originally created by the late Lobel as a handmade book for a fellow author, these poems and pencil sketches (skillfully given washes of color by his daughter, Adrianne) are the progenitors of Lobel's classic Frog and Toad series. But even kids who haven't spent much time with those amphibious friends will find plenty to enjoy. As befits something made for a friend, the drawings of genteelly domesticated amphibians large and small bring to mind the spontaneity, intimacy and exuberance of the sketchpad; even the very young should sense that Lobel was a man who was delighted to see his imagination take shape on paper. He versifies expertly and with gentleness: a green frog's virtuosity on the violin doesn't keep him from yearning, "And yet.../ I'd rather play/ The clarinet." Polliwogs, their bodies composed almost entirely of broad, mischievous grins, revel in a school where "all we do is wiggle./ We do not read.../ We do not write.../ We only squirm and giggle." A lovely addition to anyone's Lobel bookshelf. Ages 4-7. (June)

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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Fans of Arnold Lobel's classic Frog and Toad early-readers are in for an additional amphibian romp. This book began as the late Lobel's handmade gift in the 1960's for family and friends. Thanks to his artist daughter, Adrianne, who spearheaded the publishing process and colored the black-and-white pictures, these charming rhymes can now delight a much wider audience. Lobel's trademark whimsy leaps to the fore once again in poems about a dessert-eating toad and a fiddling frog who would "rather play the clarinet." And then there is the toad self conscious about his bumpy skin. He dons a coat and ceases to worry because his outside now is "soft and furry." These green and brown friends will hip-hop their way straight to a young readers' heart. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The well-known stories about Frog and Toad originally came from tales told by the Caldecott Medalist author (1933-1987) to his daughter when she was a child. It is fitting, then, that many years later; his daughter has collected and colored these stores, which appeared in handmade books her father gave as gifts years ago. She is a set designer and has done a beautiful job of water coloring her father's line art. The book includes an introductory explanation and ten poems. Each poem is a little story, and most have a humorous twist at the end. "Miss Frog Went in the Kitchen" is about Miss Frog making a sugar bun while the hungry little frogs watch and wait until she is done: "But when the stuff was finished/And cooling on the shelf . . ./Miss Frog cried, ‘Go away, you fools!'/ and ate them all herself." In "Polliwog School," the polliwogs admit to going to class only to "squirm and giggle." The stories are quick reading and fun for kids. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Mischievous, warmhearted, silly, and touching, this short collection of stories in rhyme trips easily off the tongue in true Arnold Lobel style. In playful fashion, they feature Miss Frog baking pies and sugar buns, two lazy toads contemplating the night, a bright green frog playing the violin, a school for squirming polliwogs, and an adventurous jumper—often with a surprise-ending twist. A poem about a frog party, for example, concludes with: "They danced in the meadow/They danced in the street/They danced in the lemonade/Just to cool their feet." Adrianne Lobel, a set designer by profession, catches just the right mood in applying frothy, airy colors to her father's line art. A short introduction reveals how the collection came to be some 20 years after Lobel's death. This delectable combination of word and image is a treat not to be missed.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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8 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

Adrianne Lobel grew up to be a noted set designer who also produced the Broadway musical A Year with Frog and Toad. Adrianne's discovery of several of her father's handmade books illustrated in pen and ink for family and friends led to this new picture book. An artist herself, Adrianne added color to prints of her father's line art using watercolors and dyes. Adrianne lives with her daughter in New York City.

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Frogs and Toads All Sang 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book a lot it is the best book
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
Our family is familiar with the early-reader format of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad stories, which we love. So this collection of rhymes caught my eye during our most recent library visit. The little poems contained in this book are simply charming. They're clever. Funny. Sweet. They are everything you'd expect from Arnold Lobel. My almost 4-year old would pause to think after each one, then laugh and laugh once she "got" the humor. In the book's introduction, Adrianne Lobel says these poems are the "first time [Arnold Lobel] wrote about frogs and toads." They are a foretaste of the stories to come; you can feel the same light, friendly spirit found in the beginning readers. Adrianne added her own talents in watercolor to her father's line illustrations, resulting in a beautiful "new" Arnold Lobel book for little ones (and parents!) to enjoy. "Bright Green Frog" is my personal favorite. I ended up sharing it with my clarinet-playing colleagues!
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