I have been looking forward to celebrating Arnold Lobel's birthday with my children for quite some time. The stack of used books that I have been collecting, including Mouse Tales and Whiskers and Rhymes, was ready to be read. The Frog and Toad series was checked out from the library. I expected it to be an exciting week of reading all of Arnold Lobel's classic stories for the first time to my children. What I didn't expect was for my family to actually meet the real Frog and Toad.
And our experience with Frog and Toad...well, let's say it was... thrilling...dangerous...and it was like no other author birthday celebration.
My son was pedaling his bike on a path around a lake near our house. I had fallen off his pace while pushing my other two children in the stroller. The next thing I know, my son was running toward me. "Dad, there is a snake!" I raced ahead. We got a quick look at it on the path. Then, in my rush to get my camera out of my pocket to take a picture, I scared it away. I was upset that I wasn't more delicate with my actions. I didn't get a photo and I wasn't able to identify the species. - Click here to read more -