A Year with Frog and Toad

Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel. Harper, 2014.
Contains Frog and Toad are Friends (1970), Frog and Toad Together (1971), Frog and Toad All Year (1976), and Days With Frog and Toad (1979).

Little Sis performed in her first play without Mom or Big Sis this weekend! She played a Mole, Flower, and Fish in an adorable production of A Year with Frog and Toad. (The play was produced by a theatre with a strong kids' mentoring program, so the intimate cast was expanded to include as many people as possible.) The director happened to be her drama teacher from school. Her best friend was in it, too, which made it extra-special for her.


She worked very hard, and had a lot of fun. For a "break a leg" gift, I went to Barnes & Noble, looking for the 3-in-one collection of the Arnold Lobel books that they carried a few years ago. Instead, I found this larger format 4-in-one treasury, published by HarperCollins. It's a lovely collection for a great price. The larger format gave me an idea. I stocked her with pens and pencils, and for three evenings, she collected well-wishes and signatures from the entire cast and crew.


I think I may have read these at school as a child, but sadly, they were not a major part of my childhood. Mr. B is a different story. He said as each story unfolded on stage, he grew a bit misty, remembering the books he read as a boy. Now that I'm an adult, I love and appreciate Arnold Lobel so much. I'm so happy that my daughters are growing up with his stories.

The musical pulls from several stories found in all four books: "Spring," "The Garden," "The Letter," "A Swim," "Alone," "Cookies," "The Kite," "The Surprise," "Shivers," "Down the Hill," and "Christmas Eve." Little Sis has enjoyed going through the treasury, reading the original tales again, while humming the songs from the play.
























We also revisited the old stop-motion animation version of Frog and Toad are Friends on YouTube.



As for the musical, you can listen to the original Broadway soundtrack on YouTube, iTunes, or Amazon streaming/MP3 or CD. I'll leave you with this sweet clip of Jay Goede and Mark Linn-Baker (Lobel's former son-in-law) performing "Alone" at the 2003 Tony Awards.





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  1. We just adore Frog and Toad here...thanks for this lovely look! :)

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  2. Thanks for the great post! It brought back so many memories. Frog and Toad were some of my favorite stories growing up. I used to read them with my mom. I need to check out that 4 piece set and the stop motion video. :-)

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    1. It's funny, I was always aware of them, but I didn't own any of the books. My daughters have read them multiple times. We own a picture book version of one of the books, but now we have them all! Woo hoo! :)

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  3. THE BEST BOOKS. Lobel was a genius. What a FUN production for Lil Sis to be in! She's so darling!

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    1. It has to be one of the sweetest, most charming musicals ever. The adult and teen actors in our production really committed, which helped. She had a wonderful time. Now, a couple weeks off then on to A Christmas Story!

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  4. The books look great, I absolutely have to check them out. The musical looks great too and your girl is adorable! What a great chance to be performing. She must have been so happy. :)

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    1. They are I Can Read books (Level 2), the classic early readers series published by Harper. Lobel wrote and illustrated quite a few early readers, including Owl at Home and Mouse Soup. The musical is darling. She had a great time. It was her first non-school play without Mom or Sister. (I did wind up on the tech crew, but that doesn't count.) After Thanksgiving, all three of us will be in a play together at the community theatre. I'm so excited!

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