The best frogs in children's books | Children's books | The GuardianThey are simply written, but not uncomplicated, stories about two best friends who often misunderstand each other but always end being friends again. Toad in particular has mystifying worries about his friendship with Frog but Frog responds with admirable patience and care. But, unbeknown to either of them, after the raking is done and as they are walking back to their respective homes, a wind comes and undoes all of their hard work, leaving their yards as leaf-strewn as they were at the beginning. But Frog and Toad both feel satisfied believing that they have done the other a good turn. An amusing story, with complicating twists, that always ends with two friends who only want the other to be happy, and whose friendship makes the world a good place. The author, Arnold Lobel, revealed to his family that he was gay a few years after he started the series. Thirteen years later he died of AIDS.
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel: Spring & The Story
Although not usually regarded so very favourably in life for being in the eyes of most people rarely very beautiful and always very slimy, it is true that frogs and toads are very popular in stories. These include the option of transforming again into something even more wonderful, as in the traditional fairies about frogs turning into princes.
“Frog and Toad”: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love
Millennials are so frequently hyped as the first digital generation that people tend to forget that we were raised first and foremost with books. TV and the Internet may have shaped our identities, but so did old-fashioned, printed stories. Frog and Toad, two very different characters, make something of an odd couple. Their friendship demonstrates the many ups and downs of human attachment, touching on deep truths about life, philosophy, and human nature in the process. Their various struggles might involve deciding whether to stay in or go out, the difficulty of restraint when it comes to cookies, and the challenge of adhering to a daily to-do-list. Frog represents the practical and sensible part of the self, while Toad is emotional and tempestuous. I wanted to think about how fine everything is.
Adrianne Lobel says her father's books were ahead of their time for their depiction of two same sex character who love one another. Arnold came out to Adrianne and the rest of his family in — four years after the first book, Frog and Toad are Friends , was published. The Frog and Toad books — published between and — are known for their depiction of the loving friendship between a frog and a toad. While his life was cut short, Adrianne says she thought her father had many more stories to tell. If you have opted in for our browser push notifications, and you would like to opt-out, please refer to the following instructions depending on your device and browser. For turning notifications on or off on Google Chrome and Android click here , for Firefox click here , for Safari click here and for Microsoft's Edge click here.
Frog and Toad Are Friends (1985)
On a cool autumn day, a frog and a toad awake in their separate houses to find that their yards are filled with fallen leaves. But, unbeknown to either of them, after the raking is done and as they are walking back to their respective homes, a wind comes and undoes all of their hard work, leaving their yards as leaf-strewn as they were at the beginning. But Frog and Toad both feel satisfied believing that they have done the other a good turn. What does a child learn from this? That doing good deeds can make the doer feel good, even if those deeds go unrecognized? That those to whom we feel closest will never fully know how much we care for them?