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During his distinguished career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables (1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-his own Frog and Toad are Friends (1971) and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972). To his writing credit, he had a Newbery Honor Book -- Frog and Toad Together (1973). But to his greatest credit, he had a following of literally millions of young children with whom he shared the warmth and humor of his unpretentious vision of life.
Though he was a born storyteller -- he began making up stories extemporaneously to entertain his fellow second-graders in Schenectady, New York, where he grew up in the care of his grandparents. Mr. Lobel called himself a "lucky amateur" in terms of his writing. Viewing himself as a professionally trained illustrator (he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute), he said, "I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don't really know what I'm doing. It's very intuitive."
In addition to the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales, The Book of Pigericks, and many other popular books he created, Mr. Lobel also illustrated other writers' texts that captured his fancy. He viewed this as "something different and challenging." Often his illustrations for those books showed a different aspect of his personality and his artistic expertise, ranging from his meticulous dinosaurs in Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish to his chilling pen-and-ink drawings in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky, about which Booklist wrote, "Young readers will be amazed that the gentle Lobel of Frog and Toad fame can be so comfortably diabolic."
In 1977 Mr. Lobel and his wife, Anita, a distinguished children's book author and artist in her own right, collaborated on their first book, How the Rooster Saved the Day, chosen by School Library Journal as one of the Best Books of the Year, 1977. They then collaborated on three more books, A Treeful of Pigs, a 1979 ALA Notable Book; On Market Street, a 1982 Caldecott Honor Book; and The Rose in My Garden, a 1984 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.
Arnold Lobel died in 1987.
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Ds read aloud as his reader.
I can't say much more than I have already said with the previous three books in this series. Read more
I loved Frog and Toad as a child and now I'm buying them for my own daughter. What I like best about them is that Frog and Toad never do anything cruel or spiteful or rude as you... Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by themindzi
I read this book as a child and loved it. Now I am going to be an English teacher soon...and I am constantly on the lookout for great books! Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004
Young children who are beginning to read longer stories will enjoy these five tales of friends Frog and Toad through the seasons. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by audrey
It's funny and the book goes through the different seasons of the year. Toad drips big huge ice creams drops on himself. Read morePublished on March 3 2002
I found a Frog and Toad book with some of my sisters book while we were moving. I picked it up and I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2001 by Nicolle
Frog and Toad are so funny! My 3 year old son can hear these stories over and over, and they are even entertaining for mom! I highly recommend all the Frog and Toad books.Published on Aug. 21 2001
My daughter loves all the "Frog & Toad" books, and so did I when I was growing up. The illustrations are lovely, and the story is simple and easy to follow.Published on Oct. 17 2000 by penny gray