The beautiful water colors capture touching expressions from the dog and the frog.
The story ventures into territory not often explored in children’s books — the life cycle, and yes…even the loss of a friend.
The book is about a city dog who goes to the country and finds a frog for a friend.
The story spans all seasons, from Spring to Winter, then Spring again.
It is a story that was understood by the little guys, and still had a happy ending.
The picture of frog holding a leaf over dog during a Summer rain was so precious, as well as in the Fall, of frog telling city dog about “remember-ing games”
This book does have a sad part, but its message of fun and friendship overall is heartwarming. Families with pets are confronted with the cycle of life at some point, especially when a family pet dies. This book presents a valuable lesson in that sometimes friendships may end, but you will also find new beginnings —- and new friends.
Some of the page pictures were so beautiful I wanted to frame them!
Words by Mo Willems and pictures by Jon J Muth. (Hyperion Books for Children-2010)