Frog and Toad All Year

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Frog and Toad All Year
Frog and Toad All Year.jpg
AuthorArnold Lobel
CountryUnited States
SeriesFrog and Toad
GenreChildren's picture book, short story collection
PublisherHarper & Row (I Can Read)
Publication date
August 1, 1976[2]
Pages64 pp.
LC ClassPZ7.L7795 Fq3[1]
Preceded byFrog and Toad Together 
Followed byDays with Frog and Toad 

Frog and Toad All Year is an American picture book written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, published by Harper & Row in 1976.[1] It is the third book in the Frog and Toad series, whose four books completed by Lobel comprise five easy-to-read short stories each.


The two friends, Frog and Toad, are portrayed by the author with human-like personalities and amphibian appearance. The situations in which they find themselves are a cross between the human and animal worlds.[3] Along with Lobel's other Frog and Toad books, Frog and Toad All Year is valued by experts in children's literature for its portrayal of the value of friendship.[4]


Friends Frog and Toad, who have quite different personalities,[5] have adventures through the seasons,[6] enjoying winter (Down the Hill), telling stories (The Corner), eating ice cream (Ice Cream), raking leaves (The Surprise), and celebrating Christmas (Christmas Eve).[7]


The book has been adapted as a musical, written by Willie and Robert Reale and entitled A Year with Frog and Toad, opened on Broadway, and was also performed by the Second Story Repertory,[8] by Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, and by the Chicago Children's Theatre, among others.[9] The stories have also been produced as an audio book.


Educational materials have been developed to accompany Frog and Toad All Year.[10]


Frog and Toad All Year won a Christopher Award in 1977.[11][12] It is listed in the New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children.[13]

Frog and Toad All Year (1976) "We miss some of the resonant psychological heft of this pair's previous experiences, but Frog and Toad can still transform the most ordinary seasonal activities into celebrations."[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink for 76002343". Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  2. ^ a b Lobel, Arnold (1976-08-01). "FROG AND TOAD ALL YEAR by Arnold Lobel". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  3. ^ Julia Mickenberg; Lynne Vallone (3 February 2011). The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature. Oxford University Press. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-0-19-970191-9.
  4. ^ Anita Silvey. The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 270–. ISBN 0-547-34889-4.
  5. ^ "Book Review: The Frog and Toad Series". Eye Level Books. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  6. ^ "Frog and Toad All Year Book Review". Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-24. Retrieved 2013-11-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Archived from the original on August 30, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "THEATER REVIEW: A Year with Frog and Toad, a musical from Chicago Children's Theatre (3 stars) - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  10. ^ Mary Bolte (1 February 2001). A Guide for Using Frog and Toad Are Friends in the Classroom. Teacher Created Resources. pp. 39–. ISBN 978-1-57690-640-8.
  11. ^ Archived from the original on February 6, 2007. Retrieved February 6, 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Bernice E. Cullinan; Diane Goetz Person (2005). The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. A&C Black. pp. 495–. ISBN 978-0-8264-1778-7.
  13. ^ Eden Ross Lipson (2000). The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children. Three Rivers Press. pp. 400–. ISBN 978-0-8129-3018-4.

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