The Adventures of Grandfather Frog

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Grandfather Frog

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog is a classic story written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1915. This story tells the tales of Grandfather Frog and his careless, greedy, stubborn nature.  He has plenty of troubles in his travels to the Great World and finds out that home is really the best place to be.  Enjoy his bantering with Old Mister Toad, Danny Meadow Mouse, Jerry Muskrat and many more woodland creatures.

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Grandfather Frog ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Things to Talk About

  • Look up the characters in the book your child may not already be familiar with, like Billy Mink and Jerry Muskrat. Let the kids see pictures so they can use their imaginations while listening to the story.  Refer to our Character Page for more info.
  • Discuss where Grandfather Frog lives (or read this book about pond life)
  • Talk about the difference between tattling and concern (Chapter 3).
  • What is a pollywog?
  • In several chapters, we see that Grandfather Frog is continually making bad choices due to his stubbornness.  Talk about what being stubborn means and how it can lead to trouble.
  • What is the meaning of “Look before you leap”?

Arts & Crafts

English & Reading

Science Exploration

Math Skills

Building Character


Other Books to Read

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Free Frog Unit Study with Activities and Resource Ideas: Based off The Adventures of Grandfather Frog By Thornton W. Burgess