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Progeny Press: Frog and Toad Together Review

Progeny Press ReviewWe had the privilege to use another literature guide from Progeny Press.  We received Frog and Toad Together, which is an lower elementary level study for K-3.  This was an easy to download 34 page PDF file written by Leslie Clark.   This included printable worksheets.

“classic cultural literature combined with a Christian perspective” – See more at: offer 100’s of literature study guides for classical books for all ages.  We had previously used one on a high school level and loved it.  I wanted to try an elementary level one to compare.  I was equally impressed by the Frog and Toad Together study.  I was very age appropriate for David and very little prep work for me.

In the Newberry Award winning book, Frog and Toad Together by Arthur Lobel, Frog and Toad are best friends who do everything together.  Each chapter shares another one of their adventures.  They make a list, grow a garden, make cookies, face dragons and dream. It’s a heart warming book about friendship and how to be a friend.

I have always loved the Frog and Toad stories!  This was the first time we took it further than just a read aloud. I am always worried when I request a review product for David to use.  If you have read any of my other reviews you know that he is a BUSY boy!  He is now 8 years old and finishing up second grade.  His attention span is still very limited when it comes to school work (and most other things).  He does like to listen to most stories and he enjoys hand on activities so I thought he might do well with this one.  David and I went chapter by chapter, reading and discussing.  We read a chapter one day, then did the questions and activities the next day.  For some of the activities we made cookies and he helped with the plants in the garden.  We talked about how talking to plants, like in the book, actually helps a plant grow because it gives the plant carbon dioxide.  Then we talked about how plants give us oxygen and how God’s designs are awesome!    We also talked about the difference between a frog and a toad.  Every time we find one we identify it now.  This was a very enjoyable time with him.  He loved the story and we had some great discussion spurred on by the guide. I loved how the study guide used scripture for each lesson.  It was very nice to have such a strong Bible message in a children’s book that had nothing to do with a Bible story or Biblical lesson at all.

This guide was very easy to use.  The Table of Contents included:

  • Note to the Instructor, telling how to use the product
  • Synopsis
  • About the Author
  • Before you Read Activities
  • Chapters 1-5 (listed separately)
  • Venn Diagram
  • Word Search
  • Suggestions for Further Reading
  • Answer Key

I was once again very pleased with the great study guide we received.  Progeny Press is one of my favorite companies now!  I will be looking at getting a few more for this upcoming school year.

The E-guide is $11.99. A printed book or CD version are also available for the same price.   A sample selection of the guide is available.

Progeny Press is owned by Michael and Rebecca Gilleland.  They began this business in 1992 when they saw a need for quality classical literature guides with a Christian perspective.  Their mission is “To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!”


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