Bibliographic Information: Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970. Print.
Brief Annotation: This is a collection of five short stories of the friendship between Frog and Toad.
Grade Level: K-2
Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy stories of friendship; students who like short stories; students who like animals.
Rating/ Response: 4 – Excellent, easy-to-read short stories that develop reading skills. The stories are cute and talk about friendship in an accessible and creative way.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Describe your best friend/ideal best friend – how do they treat you when you’re in trouble? What do you do with them? etc.
Reading strategy: Making Connections
Rationale for strategy: I used this book to teach a first grade lesson on activating prior knowledge on the topic of friendship. Friendship isn’t necessarily a content standard for any year of school, but learning how to be a good friend in school with other students is an important social concept to be taught. This is an especially good idea for the first few days of school as well.
Posted by: Caitlin Miller