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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy Birthday, Frog & Toad!

In June 1970, two now-famous friends made their first appearance in children's literature--Frog & Toad:
The author, Arnold Lobel, and his family used to leave the city in the summertime and head to the lake for vacation. As a little boy, Lobel didn't like to be outside and was NOT a fan of the critters and bugs. His own son, however, loved to be outdoors, and on one particular trip to the lake, he and his son brought home a big ol' slimy frog and two depressing-looking toads. Later in the year, when Lobel was trying to figure out what to write about, he remembered the frog and toad and a classic was born! 

Lobel wrote three more Frog and Toad books, all of them featuring the happy-go-lucky Frog and his worry-wart friend toad:

In 2003, Lobel's daughter worked to bring Frog and Toad to the Broadway stage. The musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, was even nominated for three Tony Awards! The two actors who played Frog and Toad performed one of their songs at that year's Tony Awards--you can check it out below:

Still want to know more about Frog and Toad and the author Arnold Lobel? Click HERE to read more about them.

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