An English toad encourages optimism in the face of change. Toad's life is nearly perfect. He has a quiet home under a mossy rock. He has his meadow, a brook, and a shimmering lake. Then, one summer morning, toad is uprooted from his peaceful country life and deposited, alone and frightened, on the cobblestone streets of a strange village. Will he be able to regain happiness? Of course! Read on. More
Toad in Town by M KC 1 Wonderful story with a heartfelt message. Loved reading it to my 6-year-old who had lots of good questions and observations during and after. Highly recommend this!
Toad in Town by jphlip66 Anglophiles will love to share this story about moving and changing with children and grandchildren. The rich descriptions of country life will make Toad In Town especially interesting.
Good story! by Losinglbsinkansas My daughter Jada and I enjoyed reading this book together. Me: I liked the humor and the positive message about changes. Jada: I thought that Victoria the bunny was really cute. I liked how nice the woman was to give toad a home.
Toad in Town Text-Only Version
For the serious young reader - ages 6-9
This version of Toad in Town does not include the illustrations. The text itself carries the story completely...no pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.
Toad in Town will help young readers explore the positive aspects of change and identify techniques for coping with the challenges of moving and changing.
Moving and Changing
An English toad encourages optimism in the face of change.
Toad's life in the English countryside is nearly perfect. He has his meadow and his brook and a familiar stone to snuggle beneath. He has grasshoppers, beetles, and bugs of all sorts to eat. He has his friends-especially his friend rabbit.
There is no reason things shouldn't go on forever in this same pleasant way.
Then, one summer morning, toad is taken captive, stuffed into a boy's pocket, and transported from his happy home. When he finally manages to make his escape, toad finds that he has hopped headlong into an altogether new and different world.
This is the story of how toad copes with the loss of his comfortable home, old friends, and familiar ways-a story that will encourage young and old alike to greet change with optimism and good cheer.
Author Linda Talley's simple narrative beautifully captures toad's town and country lives in radiant detail. From moon glow over country meadows to lamplight on village cobblestones, her expressive prose takes the reader right to the heart of the English countryside and the universal challenges of moving and changing.
A surprise and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about toads, such as Toads and Their Relatives, Toad Food, Toad's Town, Toad Warts, Toad Songs, Toad Life Cycle, and best of all, Toad Crossings. "During the spring mating season, many toads crossing roads and highways to reach their breeding grounds are killed by automobiles. In England, toad crossing signs are posted along those roads most traveled by toads in these springtime migrations, warning motorists to watch out for toads on the roadway. Hundreds of volunteers in England also spend their spring evenings carrying toads across these roads in buckets." Wonderful, is it not?
This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...how to cope with the stress of moving and changing. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.