Author: Arnold Lobel
Genre: Brave, Dreams, Friendship
Summary: Frog and Toad are BEST friends and they are always together. This easy book has five wonderful stories about flowers, cookies, bravery, dreams, and most off all, friendship♥. Everyday Frog and Toad share their adventures and try hard to do something, like having lots and lots of willpower.
” The Garden” : Frog was in his garden when Toad came walking by. When Toad saw Frog’s pretty garden, he was deeply impressed by his hard work and wishes to have a garden. Frog tells him it is hard work but gives Toad some flower seeds to plant in the ground. Toad becomes curious about how soon will he have a garden so Frog tells him, quite soon. After Toad ran back home, he planted the flower seeds at once. Toad thought the seeds would start to grow immediately so he walked up and down a few times. The seeds did not start to grow. Next he put his head close to the ground and called loudly,”Now seeds, start growing!” Toad looked down at the ground again. Still, the seeds did not start to grow. Finally, Toad put his head very close to the ground and shouted,”NOW SEEDS, START GROWING!!!” Surprised by the commotion Toad was making, Frog came running up the path. Toad told Frog his problem that the seeds won’t grow so Frog taught Toad that he’s shouting too much and the poor seeds are afraid to grow. Toad learned that he had to leave them alone for a few days and let the sun shine on them and the rain fall on them. That night, Toad went out to his garden with some candles, guessing that his seeds were afraid of the dark, and so he read a long story to his seeds. All the next day Toad sang songs to his seeds. Then all the next day Toad read poems to his seeds and Toad played music for his seeds the day after that day. Finally, Toad looked at the ground and when he saw nothing green popping out from the dirt, he felt very tired and fell asleep. Toad was waken up by Frog who was crying with joy. Toad looked at his garden. Little green plants were coming out of the ground!!! “At last,” shouted Toad,”my seeds have stopped being afraid to grow!” “And now you will have a nice garden too,”said Frog.”Yes,” said Toad, “but you were right, Frog. It was very hard work.”
Comments: This book is a Newbery Honor Book. When I was in first grade, I started to read “Frog and Toad Together” and other “I Can Read Books”, for example “Little Bear”. “I Can Read Books” introduces children to the joy of reading and helps beginning readers improve and become more confident by encouraging their interests and abilities. They set the standard for beginning readers. I love this book very much because the stories are all so touching and soft. It’s as if I had drunk hot cocoa when I’m freezing cold and both my heart and body gets warm instantly without knowing it. I guess many people have read this sweet story but I recommend this book very much for all ages. The words are easy and the stories are simple, but definitely touches a person’s heart. “Frog and Toad Together” is a type of book to read in a rocking chair next to a fireplace…♥