Day 4 – Frog and Toad Together

Day four, and we have arrived at another all-time favorite: Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. The Frog and Toad stories are simple, sweet and amusing (we had a lot of laughs ourselves this evening). Several of the stories present Toad as a neurotic mess, but all of the stories show Frog and Toad as true-blue friends.Frog & Toad Together

This entry in the Frog and Toad collection includes stories such as “A List”, where Toad goes into shutdown when he loses his daily to-do list and can’t remember what comes next. It also includes the story “Dragons and Giants” where the two friends decide to go on an adventure to test how brave they are. They begin by looking in the mirror and observing: “We look brave,” and end the story hiding under the sheets (Toad) or in the closet (Frog) “…just feeling brave together.” The “money quote” of the evening, however, was in the story “Cookies”. In this tale, Frog and Toad are trying to exert will power to stop themselves from eating too many cookies. Frog eventually gives the cookies to the birds in order to protect themselves from themselves, much to Toad’s dismay: “Now we have no more cookies to eat,” said Toad sadly, “not even one”. “Yes,” said Frog, “but we have lots and lots of will power.” “You may keep it all, Frog,” said Toad. “I am going home now to bake a cake.”

In extended read-aloud tonight, Tom Sawyer, Joe Harper, and Huck Finn have run away and become “pirates”. Spurned by Becky Thatcher, Tom decides that the world has forced him to a life of crime – so he recruits Joe (who had originally had designs on becoming a hermit) and Huck, who “…joined them promptly, for all careers were one to him…”.  The boys have set up camp on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River, but the townsfolk believe they have drowned and Joe’s mother and Tom’s Aunt Polly are heartbroken. We can’t decide if we are excited or terrified of reading about how Tom works his way out of this one…


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