Frog and Toad All Year

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Frog and Toad All Year



     Frog and Toad All Year

     Help! cried Toad. My best friend is trying to kill me! I am only getting

    you ready for winter, said Frog. Frog and Toad went outside. They tramped through the snow. We will ride down this big hill on my sled, said Frog. Not me, said

    Toad. Do not be afraid, said Frog. I will be with you on the sled. It will be a fine, fast ride. Toad, you sit in front. I will sit right behind you. The sled

    began to move down the hill. Here we go! said Frog. There was a bump.


     Down the Hill

     Frog knocked at Toads door. Toad, wake up, he cried. Come out and see

    how wonderful the winter is! I will not, said Toad. I am in my warm bed.

    Winter is beautiful, said Frog. Come out and have fun. Blah, said Toad.

    I do not have any winter clothes. Frog came into the house. I have brought you

    some things to wear, he said. Frog pushed a coat down over the top of Toad. Frog pulled snowpants up over the bottom of Toad. He put a hat and scarf on Toads head.

     Frog fell off the sled. Toad rushed past trees and rocks. Frog, I am glad that

    you are here, said Toad. Toad leaped over a snowbank. I could not steer the sled without you, Frog, he said. You are right. Winter is fun! A crow flew nearby.

    Hello, Crow, shouted Toad. Look at Frog and me. We can ride a sled better than anybody in the world! But Toad, said the crow, you are alone on the sled.

    Toad looked around. He saw that Frog was not there.


     I AM ALL ALONE! screamed Toad. Bang! The sled hit a tree. Thud! The sled hit a rock. Plop! The sled dived into the snow. Frog came running down the hill. He pulled

    Toad out of the snow. I saw everything, said Frog. You did very well by yourself.

    I did not, said Toad. But there is one thing that I can do all by myself.

    What is that? asked Frog. I can go home, said Toad. Winter may be beautiful,

    but bed is much better.

     The Corner

     Frog and Toad were caught in the rain. They ran to Frogs house.

     I am all wet, said Toad. The day is spoiled. Have some tea and cake,

    said Frog. The rain will stop. If you stand near the stove, your clothes will soon be dry. I will tell you a story while we are waiting, said Frog. Oh good, said

    Toad. When I was small, not much bigger than a pollywog, said Frog, my father

    said to me, Son, this is a cold, gray day but spring is just around the corner.

    I wanted spring to come. I went out to find that corner. I walked down a path in the

    woods until I came to a corner.


     I went around the corner to see if spring was on the other side. And was it?

    asked Toad. No, said Frog. There was only a pine tree, three pebbles and some dry grass. I walked in the meadow. Soon I came to another corner. I went around the

    corner to see if spring was there. Did you find it? asked Toad No, said

Frog. There was only an old worm asleep on a tree stump. I walked along the

    river until I came to another corner. I went around the corner to look for spring.

    Was it there? asked Toad.

     No, said Frog. There was only some wet mud and a lizard who was chasing his tail. You must have been tired, said Toad. I was tired, said Frog, and

    it started to rain. I went back home. When I got there, said Frog, I found

    another corner. It was the corner of my house. Did you go around it? asked Toad.

    I went around that corner, too, said Frog. What did you see? asked Toad. I

    saw the sun coming out, said Frog. I saw the birds sitting and singing in the tree. I saw my mother and father working in their garden. I saw flowers in the garden.


     You found it! cried Toad. Yes, said Frog. I was very happy. I had found the corner that spring was just around. Look, Frog, said Toad. You were right.

    The rain has stopped. Frog and Toad hurried outside. They ran around the corner of Frogs house to make sure that spring had come again.

     Ice Cream

     One hot summer day Frog and Toad sat by the pond. I wish we had some sweet,

    cold ice cream, said Frog. What a good idea, said Toad.

     Wait right here, Frog. I will be back soon. Toad went to the store. He bought two big ice-cream cones. Toad licked one of the cones. Frog likes chocolate best,

    said Toad, and so do I. Toad walked along the path. A large, soft drop of chocolate ice cream slipped down his arm. This ice cream is melting in the sun, said Toad.

    Toad walked faster. Many drops of melting ice cream flew through the air. They fell

    down on Toads head. I must hurry back to Frog! he cried.


     More and more of the ice cream was melting. It dripped down on Toads jacket.

    It splattered on his pants and on his feet. Where is the path? cried Toad. I

    cannot see! Frog sat by the pond waiting for Toad. A mouse ran by. I just saw

    something awful! cried the mouse. It was big and brown! Something covered

    with sticks and leaves is moving this way! cried a squirrel. Here comes a thing

    with horns! shouted a rabbit. Run for your life! What can it be? asked Frog.

    Frog hid behind a rock. He saw the thing coming.

     It was big and brown. It was covered with sticks and leaves. It had two horns. Frog, cried the thing. Where are you? Good heavens! said Frog. That

    thing is Toad! Toad fell into the pond. He sank to the bottom and came up again. Drat, said Toad. All of our sweet, cold ice cream has washed away. Never

    mind, said Frog. I know what we can do. Frog and Toad quickly ran back to the store. Then they sat in the shade of a large tree and ate their chocolate ice-cream

    cones together.


     The Surprise

     It was October. The leaves had fallen off the trees. They were lying on the ground.

    I will go to Toads house, said Frog. I will rake all of the leaves that have fallen on his lawn. Toad will be surprised. Frog took a rake out of the garden shed.

Toad looked out of his window. These messy leaves have covered everything, said

    Toad. He took a rake out of the closet. I will run over to Frogs house. I will

    rake all of his leaves. Frog will be very pleased.

     Frog ran through the woods so that Toad would not see him. Toad ran through the high grass so that Frog would not see him. Frog came to Toads house. He looked in

    the window. Good, said Frog. Toad is out. He will never know who raked his leaves.

    Toad got to Frogs house. He looked in the window. Good, said Toad. Frog is

    not home. He will never guess who raked his leaves. Frog worked hard. He raked the

    leaves into a pile.


     Soon Toads lawn was clean. Frog picked up his rake and started home. Toad pushed and pulled on the rake. He raked the leaves into a pile. Soon there was not a single leaf in Frogs front yard. Toad took his rake and started home. A wind came. It blew across the land. The pile of leaves that Frog had raked for Toad blew everywhere. The pile of leaves that Toad had raked for Frog blew everywhere. When Frog got home, he said, Tomorrow I will clean up the leaves that are all over my own lawn. How surprised Toad must be! When Toad got home, he said, Tomorrow I will

     get to work and rake all of my own leaves. How surprised Frog must be! That

    night Frog and Toad were both happy when they each turned out the light and went to bed.

     Toad. What if Frog has fallen into a deep hole and cannot get out? I will never see him again! Toad opened the door once more. Frog was not on the path. What

    if Frog is lost in the woods? said Toad. What if he is cold and wet and hungry?

    What if Frog is being chased by a big animal with many sharp teeth? What if he is being eaten up? cried Toad. My friend and I will never have another Christmas together! Toad found some rope in the cellar. I will pull Frog out of the hole

    with this, said Toad.


     Christmas Eve

     On Christmas Eve Toad cooked a big dinner. He decorated the tree. Frog is late,

    said Toad. Toad looked at his clock. He remembered it was broken. The hands of the clock did not move. Toad opened the front door. He looked out into the night. Frog was not there. I am worried, said Toad. What if something terrible has happened?


     Toad found a lantern in the attic. Frog will see this light. I will show him

    the way out of the woods, said Toad. Toad found a frying pan in the kitchen. I

    will hit that big animal with this, said Toad. All of his teeth will fall out.

    Frog, do not worry, cried Toad. I am coming to help you! Toad ran out of his

    house. There was Frog. Hello, Toad, he said. I am very sorry to be late. I was

    wrapping your present. You are not at the bottom of a hole? asked Toad. No,

    said Frog.


     You are not lost in the woods? asked Toad. No, said Frog. You are not

    being eaten by a big animal? asked Toad. No, said Frog. Not at all. Oh,

Frog, said Toad, I am so glad to be spending Christmas with you. Toad opened

    his present from Frog. It was a beautiful new clock. The two friends sat by the fire. The hands of the clock moved to show the hours of a merry Christmas Eve.


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