A Toad for Tuesday

A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson: Review and Activities*This page contains affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book

Title: A Toad for Tuesday
Author: Russell E. Erickson
Age Range: 6-9
Grade Level: 2-4

A Toad for Tuesday was first published in 1974.  This is a short novel without chapter breaks, but an easy read for elementary kids.  The story begins with two frog brothers, Morton and Warton, enjoying a tasty meal in their warm underground home during winter.  Warton decides he wants to visit his Aunt Toolia and prepares himself with layers of clothes, a pack of food and some skis.  On the way he gets picked up by an owl who takes him back to his tree and tells Warton that he will eat him on Tuesday since it’s the owl’s birthday.  Warton has five days to plan an escape, but in the meantime befriends the cranky owl. Warton’s calm and friendly nature might just be enough to save his life!

My Thoughts

Another thrift store find for me, A Toad for Tuesday won me over with the cover!  This book moves swiftly and the message in the story is heartwarming.  Warton seems to take his fate with ease, engaging the owl in long conversations and tidying up the owl’s home.  What I really liked was that Warton appears to have no ulterior motives, but it is just in his nature to be kind and friendly.  He is able to deal with the unexpected turn of events in a calm manner and thinks carefully before acting.  Warton exhibits some wonderful character traits, such as bravery, kindness, cleanliness, friendliness, and flexibility.

Russell E. Erickson has written several more books in the series. See the list below for more of these fun reads!

  1. Warton and the Traders
  2. Warton and the Contest
  3. Warton and the King of the Skies
  4. Warton and Morton
  5. Warton’s Christmas Eve Adventure
  6. Warton and the Castaways


Resources for Teaching

Frog and Toad Stories – Books to Read

Today I’m beginning a new series of posts to review and recommend some other animal books you and your kids might enjoy reading. Don’t worry! I will still be writing about the Burgess books, but there are so many wonderful children’s stories about animals that are worthy of sharing. Some of these posts will include classics from years past and some will be more recent publications.  Whether you love certain books from your childhood or are looking for new ones to introduce to your child or in the classroom, I hope to provide you with more ideas to encourage and grow the animal lover in our children’s hearts (as well as our own!).

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel: Review and Activities*This page contains affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book

Title: Frog and Toad Storybook Collection
Author: Arnold Lobel
Age Range: 4-8 years
Grade Level: PreK-3

No doubt you’ve heard of or already own the Frog and Toad books written by Arnold Lobel. This series of four books was republished into a treasury volume in 2013.  The books include: Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Days with Frog and Toad, and Frog and Toad All Year (each are also sold separately on Amazon).

Frog and Toad are best friends. Frog is upbeat and optimistic while Toad tends to be grumpier and more of a worrier. The books contain five chapters, each a story about Frog and Toad’s adventures and friendship.  Their days together include things like sledding, gardening, a lost button, swimming, looking for spring, eating cookies, and much more!  Geared toward a younger audience, this series has been a favorite of generations since their original publication in the early 1970’s.

My Thoughts

I absolutely adored these books as a kid and introduced them early to my own kids.  We have the audio version so we can listen in the car on long trips.  They love these stories!

Frog and Toad books include many opportunities to add character trait development into your reading lessons. I’ve mentioned some samples below (italicized words are the names of the chapters):

    • Kindness – The Surprise: Frog secretly rakes up the leaves in Toad’s yard while Toad does the same in Frog’s yard.  By the time they both come back home, the wind has blown all the leaves out of the pile and across their yards again. Each one feels so glad the other will be surprised they won’t have to rake.
    • Orderliness A List: Toad writes a list of all the things he wants to get done that day.
    • Patience – The Garden: Frog and Toad plant some seeds and Toad does all sorts of things to try and make them grow.  With Frog’s help he soon realizes patience was the most important part!
    • Self Control – Cookies: Toad bakes some cookies and shares them with Frog.  Neither of them can stop eating them so they try hiding them in order to avoid temptation.
    • Bravery – Dragons and Giants: Frog and Toad attempt to be brave by going out into the world and experiencing new things.
    • Tidiness – Tomorrow: Toad wants to rest but after realizing that there are many things to clean in his home, he decides it’s best to get them done and not procrastinate.
    • Acceptance/Uniqueness – A Swim: Toad wears a bathing suit to go swimming with Frog but is embarrassed when other animals want to see him in it.  They won’t give up so Toad gets out of the water and they all laugh.  He agrees with them that he does look silly, but by this point he has accepted it.


Resources for Teaching

Frog and Toad Videos for Kids

 

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