Five short stories showing rather gentle aspects of friendship, between Frog and Toad
This Frog and Toad anthology are a bit more subtle than others: Frog helps Toad see the world with a new perspective; they help each other endure illness; Toad demonstrates appreciation for Frog's help during an unnecessary annoyance; Toad handles his friend's indiscretion without rancor; and, Frog helps Toad feel 'visible' as a person. "Friends" shows readers some of the sensible, non sacrificial, elements of personal justice that make friendship a value.
Franklin's grumpy mood eases when his father suggests he write to his friend Otter.
Franklin is grumpy. He breaks or loses things and finds no pleasure playing outside. He is even is rude to his mother. Father suggests writing to Otter, who has moved away, and Franklin cheers up. We see that facing the cause of a problem helps solve it. On p15 we see that Franklin knew why he was grumpy. Bourgeois missed a chance to have Franklin introspect, recognize the problem and deal with it himself.
Frog and Toad's friendship copes with winter sledding, spring misunderstandings, summer lessons, failed good intentions, and worry over a late friend at Christmas.
Though less purposeful than usual, these Lobel stories still show character and friendship, in a seasonal context. While winter sledding at Frog's insistence Toad finally has enough, and heads home. Frog tells Toad how he misconstrued "spring is round the corner". In summer Frog is patient when Toad has trouble with melting ice cream. In autumn each tries to secretly help the other but fall winds scatter their good intentions. At Christmas, Toad worries when Frog is late.