Frog and Toad

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Frog and Toad
Frog and toad cover.jpg
The cover of the first book
circa 1970
Author Arnold Lobel
Country United States
Language English
Series Frog and Toad
Publication date
Published in English
Pages about 60
Frog And Toad Together
Frog And Toad Are Friends
Genre Kids
Directed by John Matthews
Voices of Hal Smith
Will Ryan
Narrated by Arnold Lobel
Theme music composer John Matthews
No. of episodes 2
Executive producer(s) Robert Churchill,
George McQuilkin
Production company(s) Churchill Films
Original channel none
Original release May 23, 1985 – September 3, 1987

Frog and Toad are the main characters in a series of easy-reader children's books, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

Each book contains five simple, often humorous, sometimes poignant, short stories chronicling the exploits of a frog and his friend, a toad. Some of their adventures include: attempting to fly a kite, cleaning Toad's messy house as opposed to waiting until "Tomorrow" to do so, and figuring out the ethics of being "Alone".

Frog is taller, with a green shade, and is more friendly and relaxed than Toad; Toad is shorter and stout, with a brown shade and also the more serious and uptight of the duo.

In 2008, three of Arnold Lobel's uncolored, unpublished Frog and Toad books were discovered in an estate sale. They were consolidated into two books and colored by Lobel's daughter Adrianne Lobel; these books appear to be very different from the original set.


The Frog and Toad books, in order of publication date, are:

Other Books[edit]

The following books only contain references to Frog and Toad and are not written, illustrated or delivered in the same manner as the original four editions.

  • The Frogs and Toads All Sang (2009)
  • Odd Owls and Stout Pigs (2009)

Barnes & Noble published a hardcover edition called Adventures of Frog and Toad (2008), which includes the complete text and illustrations from Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, and Days with Frog and Toad.


Frog and Toad are Friends was the recipient of a Caldecott Honor award; it was also one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[1] Frog and Toad Together won a Newbery Honor award.

On Broadway[edit]

The Frog and Toad books inspired a Broadway musical, A Year with Frog and Toad. The musical was commissioned by Lobel's daughter, Adrianne Lobel, played off-Broadway, and ran briefly on Broadway in 2003. It was nominated for three Tony awards. Prior to this, the books had inspired a non-musical play, "Frog and Toad (Forever)" written by Y York, and performed at Seattle Children's Theatre (1998) and First Stage Milwaukee (1999).


In 2012, The Jim Henson Company has stated they plan an adaptation of the children's book as an animated film.


  • Each of the first four Frog And Toad books seems to end with a story that shows how much Toad is dependent upon Frog's friendship.


  1. ^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 6, 2012). "Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results". School Library Journal "A Fuse #8 Production" blog. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 

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