City Dog, Country Frog

I think by now I have read hundreds of books to my grandchildren.  This book is one of my all-time favorites for its pictures. 

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)

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