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Happy Fourth of July, Y’all!


Happy Fourth of July, Y’all!
I hope that y’all are having a good (if soggy) Fourth of July. I made this pie this morning.

Hopefully it will be good. It’s taking all of my willpower to not go eat some right now.

Every time I think about the word willpower I am reminded of the brilliant Frog and Toad story about the cookies.

If you don’t know the story, a quick synopsis is:
Toad makes some delicious cookies. He takes them to Frog’s house.
They begin to eat the cookies hand over fist.
They decide that they need to stop eating and find some willpower.
After a few attempts to not eat the cookies, Frog ends up feeding the remaining cookies to the birds.
Toad laments the fact that there are no more cookies to eat — not even one.
Frog, the eternal optimist, says that instead of cookies that they have lots and lots of willpower.
Toad then tells Frog that he can keep all of the willpower….and decides to go home and bake a cake.

Anyway, if you haven’t read these stories to a child please do so as soon as possible. They are delightful.

Have a happy 4th, everybody!


  1. I just read these to Julian this past weekend and was reminded how absolutely clever these stories are! My sister Pam & I used to make Bisquick sugar cookies then act out the Frog and Toad story to entertain our family!

  2. Thanks Annie for the reminder of the Frog and Toad series. My library copies are in bad shape (a great indicator that they are checked out a lot) and I need to order some new ones. These books are so timeless, that I’ll bet your children will be reading them to their children and grandchildren.

  3. Lori, that is funny that you acted out the story. My boys have done that too — without the baking, though. You and your sister were more industrious than they are. 🙂

    Rhonda, our home copies are in the same condition. You can tell that they are much loved stories. I still read Arnold Lobel to them at night sometimes. No one complains about it. He is the one author that they all adore.

    We had the tapes of Arnold Lobel reading all of the Frog and Toad stories and my boys loved them. We actually wore the tapes out. I think that I should get some more for Eli since he was a baby (or not even here) for most of the listening.

    Did y’all know that some unknown Frog and Toad stories were discovered in 2008? They have recently been published. I think that the book is, “Frog and Toad All Sang”.

    Cool, right?

  4. I didn’t know that about the newly discovered stories…that sent me straight on a search, and I found this nice short video interview with Lobel’s daughter. She discusses the new book and her work in maintaining her father’s style, while bringing the coloring process up to date. It’s at

    I’m requesting the new book from SLCL and will definitely be ordering it for my students. Thanks for the tip!

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