My initial inspiration for Wednesday In Writing came when I retrieved The Frog and Toad Treasury from the attic for my youngest daughter. Like her two sisters before her, she thoroughly enjoys hearing the stories over and over again. (I believe the oldest actually requested it for the youngest.)
The Treasury is made up of three Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel: Frog and Toad are Friends (1970), Frog and Toad Together (1971, 1972), and Frog and Toad All Year (1976). Each book contains five stories, usually one for each season of the year, plus an extra. The last story of the first book is titled "The Letter."
Toad was sitting on his front porch.
Frog came along and said,
"What is the matter, Toad?
You are looking sad."
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It is only a twelve-page, easy-reader story, but it made me realize how many children's books we have that feature mail. I suppose I am drawn to them, but sometimes I am pleasantly surprised to find letters and postcards playing an important role in the stories I read aloud.