I love children's books that actually speak about real emotions without denying them or glossing them over. "Days with Frog and Toad" reflects upon friendship and loneliness: Frog was the taller, laid back fellow while Toad was the shorter and more serious of the two amphibian chums. The tale has beautifully poetic and philosophical feel akin to that found in the works of Charles M. Schultz. I read and reread this book throughout my childhood. Every word and image gave hope in times of loneliness. And when you're a child, that's more often than not.
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