“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: City Dog, Country Frog. Written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon J. Muth. Hyperion Books, c. 2010.
Reading Level: 490L
Synopsis: When City Dog visits the country, he makes an unexpected friendship with a country frog. When he visits each season, City Dog and Country Frog continue their friendship until Country Frog begins to grow tired. When City Dog comes back in the winter, his friend is no where to be found, but when spring comes again, he finds a new friend.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This story could be used to talk about friendship or for even more mature situations, it could be used to be talked about loss and moving on. It could also be used to talk about the four seasons.
Common Core Connection: Students could analyze the characters and the setting changes based on key details in the story.