Small Fry Saturday: The Frogs and Toads All Sang

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.

This week’s pick is:

Title: The Frogs and Toads All Sang
Author: Arnold Lobel
Illustrator: Adrianne Lobel
Publisher: HarperCollins
Released: May 2009
Source: borrowed from local library

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

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. C 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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