Frog and toad books by arnold lobel
How Frog and Toad Author Arnold Lobel Explored Gay Intimacy in His WorkI still mourn the death in of the American writer and illustrator Arnold Lobel. His imagination seemed boundless, so I feel sure that had he lived he would have produced even more of the wonderful stories such as Grasshopper on the Road , and Owl at Home which I so admire. Each book contains five short stories that are intended for beginner readers but also are great for parents to read aloud. They are fables really, about endearing human weaknesses such as greed, self-consciousness, laziness and addiction to routine. Perhaps best of all are his four books about Frog and Toad. Frog and Toad are friends, Frog being the straight guy and Toad the one who embodies most of the failings. Lobel said once that "Frog and Toad are really two aspects of myself".
Frog and Toad
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.
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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?
The text was written some 10 years before the Frog and Toad books; the illustrations are his own drawings colored by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel. The most striking absence is that Lobel had not yet developed the friendship between Frog and Toad; these poem-stories are about frogs and toads as a group. Yet many of the elements in the later books are already there. The new books were discovered last year, when a rare book dealer contacted Adrianne Lobel and offered her some handmade books by her father that had been found in an estate sale. But she quickly changed her mind. Adrianne, a theater designer by profession and a painter by avocation, set about adding color to the pencil illustrations. They give a stained-glass look, with jewel colors.