Friday, January 15, 2010

Book Review: The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel

The Frogs and Toads All Sang

I stopped by the library today and couldn't resist checking out the New Books rack in the children's section. One of the books I picked up there is The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel, author of the very popular Frog and Toad early reader series. This is a collection of ten short poems about frogs and toads, which were originally written and illustrated as gifts for Lobel's friends. The handmade books were discovered recently and put together for publication in this new book.

Each poem is short enough to keep my 2 year old's attention, and silly enough to make her laugh. The illustrations are wonderful drawings by Lobel, which have been colorized by his daughter Adrianne Lobel. The soft watercolors and dyes are a perfect match to the poems and drawings.

Here is an example of one of the poems in this collection:
Made for Toads

A sunny day
Is made for toads
To play and leap
Down dusty roads.

A rainy day is made for frogs
To swim in swamps
And under logs.
In weather gray
Or weather bright,
For some, the day
Will be just right.
I definitely recommend this book as a read-aloud for preschoolers. M, who is almost 3, has really enjoyed these poems. She hasn't been exposed to a lot of real poetry like this; mostly we read picture books that rhyme, but that I wouldn't consider actual poetry. This has been a lovely book to introduce her to poetry. And many of the poems made her giggle.

For the first time, I'm going to link up to Poetry Friday, hosted today at Great Kid Books. Hop over there to read more poetry.

This review was written based on a copy of The Frogs and Toads All Sang that I borrowed from the library.


  1. I'll have to see if our library has it when we learn about frogs in a month or so. I tend to not be a big poetry fan so I don't expose my kids as often as I should.

  2. I keep meaning to pick this up! I haven't read a lot of Frog and Toad, but what I have read, I've really liked.


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