Posts Tagged Frog and Toad

an amphibious tradition

LobelsHere on Yahoo! 360 I’ve mentioned Arnold Lobel and his fantastic Frog and Toad books before.

We’re lucky that his daughter Adrianne is an author-illustrator too. She took some long-lost christmas-present tiny books, and brought them back to life as “The Frogs and Toads all sang”.

She says what she learnt most from her father as an artist was “discipline and faitth -and  you got up every day and just faced that drawing table whether you had an idea or not, and just kept at it the same hours every day, until you did have an idea. And generally it was a good one.”

Here’s a radio programme about it all and here’s an audio slideshow too.

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Frog and Toad, books and film

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I have said something about Arnold Lobel before. On the occasion of reading the Frog and Toad stories with my class, I must return to him.

It impresses me no end tht in such simple language and with such subtetly of word and image he conjures up the ins and outs of friendship.

There’s another Lobel book that shows this, Owl at Home, here on flickr. Just one page is enough for now:

Owl at home, Tear Water Tea story by ollerina.
It’s not always the case that someone can turn something so gentle and particular into film, successfully. But John Clark Matthews did it with his very respectful stop-motion Frog and Toad animations.

Brilliant that in 1985 he made a film showing how he made the films. There is so much I like about this, and next time I teach stop motion I’ll show it. Especially now that digital is everywhere, I like all the details – creating the armature on the lathe, moving the characters so carefully, taking the film off to be developed!

 

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Frog and Toad again

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I never knew there were clay animations too of the Frog and Toad stories, which M pointed me to on youtube:

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