Do you remember the Frog and Toad books from your childhood? These bridge books have been around forever! The original English version of two best friends has entertained children for decades. Last year after completing 四五快读, my daughter and I read the Chinese Frog and Toad books. At that time, my daughter was developing more stamina for longer reading passages, and these early Chinese chapter books were perfect for reading practice.
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Recently, we revisited the Chinese Frog and Toad books and enjoyed them even more! Re-reading is wonderful for building fluency and comprehension skills. This time around, my daughter picked up more details in the story, and and her reading was much more smooth. Her little brother is now enjoying listening along to the classic stories!
青蛙和蟾蜍 Frog and Toad Chinese Chapter Books
- Author: 艾諾 洛貝爾 (Arnold Lobel)
- Where to Buy (*Some of these stores sell the books individually rather than as set):
- Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin / ISBN: 9780060239510, 9577622461, 95767622453, 9577622437
- Where to listen: Ximalaya 青蛙和蟾蜍系列 (Frog and Toad Series)
- Compatible with Luka Reading Robot which has high-quality narration
Frog and Toad Book Titles in English and Chinese
Here are the names of the Frog and Toad books in both of our family’s languages.
- Frog and Toad Are Friends 青蛙和蟾蜍－好朋友
- Frog and Toad Together 青蛙和蟾蜍－好伙伴
- Days With Frog and Toad 青蛙和蟾蜍－快乐时光
- Frog and Toad All Year 青蛙和蟾蜍－快乐年年
Review of 青蛙和蟾蜍 Frog and Toad Chinese books
This fictional series consists were originally written in English by the famous Arnold Lobel. This set comes with 4 books with 5 stories (chapters) each.
The simplified version is about 64 pages per book with no Pinyin or English; on the other hand, the traditional Chinese version has Zhuyin support.
Relatively large print is clearly visible against a white background and paired with neutral-toned but expressive illustrations.
Although Frog and Toad are best friends, they have two extremely different personalities! Throughout the stories, their companionship and experiences serve as a metaphor for human relationships.
Frog is the responsible, practical friend while Toad is adventurous and emotional. However, their traits balance each other out and they learn so much from each other. And they have a special bond, connecting through jokes, storytelling, swimming with friends, and even making mundane to-do lists.
My daughter had a hard time putting the book down, and even her little toddler brother enjoyed listening along!
Recommended reading level for Chinese Frog and Toad books
As mentioned previously, these books are early chapter books, which bridge young readers to future chapter books and eventually novels.
Compared to Little Bear Bridge Books in Chinese, this series is slightly more challenging due to less repetition compared to the Little Bear books. However, the humor and the variety in dialogue made the Frog and Toad books more captivating for my daughter!
If you know around 800-1000 Chinese characters, I think you should be able to read most of the words in this series.
Inside the 青蛙和蟾蜍 Frog and Toad Chinese Bridge Books
Here is a peek at some of the 青蛙和蟾蜍 Frog and Toad Chinese stories. Periodically, I leave a book open on this bookstand so that the book catches my daughter’s eye and thus motivate her to pick it up!
In summary, I highly recommend the endearing Chinese Frog and Toad series for budding readers!