Frog sat by the road, playing his guitar. Turtle walked slowly up the road.
“Hello, Frog,” said Turtle.
“Hello, Turtle,” said Frog.
“Why are you playing such a sad song?” asked Turtle.
“It is November,” said Frog, “and my friend Toad has gone to bed for the winter.”
“That’s not so sad,” said Turtle.
“Last winter, Toad was too cold,” said Frog. “He did not sleep well. When he woke up in April, he was very grumpy.”
“Hmm, I guess that is a little sad,” said Turtle.
Frog said, “I wanted to buy Toad a big warm blanket. I saved money all year. When I went to the store, I did not have enough money to buy even a small blanket.”
“Oh,” said Turtle, “that is very sad.”
Turtle thought for a moment.
“The circus is in town today,” he said. “You should go.”
“Do they have cheaper blankets at the circus?” asked Frog.
“No, Frog,” Turtle laughed. “You can play your guitar at the circus. People will pay to watch a frog playing the guitar. In one day you will have more than enough money to buy a blanket for Toad.”
“That is a great idea!” said Frog. “Do you really think it will work?”
“Yes,” said Turtle. “Come on, I will take you. You can ride on my back and practice your songs.”
“Oh, thank you, Turtle!” cried Frog. He hopped on the turtle’s back.
Frog and Turtle set off down the road. Frog played a happy song and dreamed of a new blanket for Toad. “Toad will be warm,” he thought to himself. “He will sleep well, and he will wake up happy in April.”
I came across this lovely specimen of taxidermy at an antiques fair, and the creepy duo got me thinking about one of my favorite, not so creepy, childhood books, Frog and Toad Together. Arnold Lobel’s style is hard to replicate, but I hope the spirit of my story is in keeping with the incredible friendship he chronicles in his Frog and Toad books.