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Arnold Lobel / Арнольд Лобел
Frog and Toad / Квак и Жаб
Книга для чтения на английском языке в 3–4 классах общеобразовательных учебных заведений
Адаптация и словарь: А. В. Шитова

© Шитова А. В., адаптация, словарь, 2014

© ООО «Антология», 2014

Spring

Frog ran to Toad’s house. He knocked on the door. There was no answer.

“Toad, Toad,” cried Frog, “wake up! It is spring!”

“No,” said Toad from inside the house.

“Toad, Toad,” cried Frog. “The sun is shining! The snow is melting. Wake up!”

“I am not here,” said the Toad.

Frog walked into the house. It was dark. All the windows were closed.

“Toad, where are you?” cried Frog.

“Go away,” said Toad from a corner of the room.

Toad was sleeping in bed. He pulled the blanket over his head. Frog pushed Toad out of bed. He pushed him out of the house. Toad looked at the bright sun.

“Help!” said Toad. “I cannot see anything.”


“Don’t be silly,” said Frog. “What you see is the warm sun of April. And we begin a new year together, Toad! We will jump through the meadows and run through the woods and swim in the river. In the evenings we will sit here and look at the stars.”

“You can look at them, Frog,” said Toad. “I am too tired. I am going back to bed.”

Toad went back into the house. He got into the bed and pulled the blanket over his head again.

“But, Toad,” cried Frog, “you will miss all the fun!”

“Listen, Frog,” said Toad. “How long did I sleep?”

“You slept since November,” said Frog.

“Well,” said Toad, “then I need a little more sleep. Come back and wake me up in May. Good night, Frog.”

“But, Toad,” said Frog, “I will be lonely until May.”

Toad did not answer. He was already asleep.

Frog looked at Toad’s calendar. There was still the November page. Frog tore off the November page. He tore off the December page. And the January page, the February page, and the March page. Then there was the April page. Frog tore off the April page, too.

Then Frog ran back to Toad’s bed.

“Toad, Toad, wake up. It is May now!”

“What?” said Toad. “How can it be May so soon?”

“Yes,” said Frog. “Look at your calendar!”

Toad looked at the calendar. There was the May page.

“Oh, it really is May!” said Toad and got out of bed.

Then he and Frog ran outside to see how the world looked in the spring.

The Story

One day in summer Frog was ill.

Toad said, “Frog, you look green.”

“But I always look green,” said Frog. “I am a frog.”

“Today you look very green even for a frog,” said Toad. “Get into bed and rest.”

Toad made Frog a cup of hot tea. Frog drank the tea, and then he said, “Tell me a story while I am in bed.”

“OK,” said Toad. “Let me think of a story to tell you.”

Toad thought and thought. But he could not think of a story to tell Frog.

“I will go out and walk a little,” said Toad. “Maybe that will help me to think of a story.”

Toad walked for a long time. But he could not think of a story to tell Frog. Then Toad went into the house and stood on his head.

“Why are you standing on your head?” asked Frog.

“I think that if I stand on my head, it will help me to think of a story,” said Toad.

Toad stood on his head for a long time. But he could not think of a story to tell Frog. Then Toad poured water over his head.

“Why are you pouring water over your head?” asked Frog.

“I hope that if I pour water over my head, it will help me to think of a story,” said Toad.

Toad poured a lot of water over his head. But he could not think of a story to tell Frog. Then Toad began to bang his head against the wall.

“Why are you banging your head against the wall?” asked Frog.

“I hope that if I bang my head against the wall hard enough, it will help me to think of a story,” said Toad.

“I feel much better now, Toad,” said Frog. “I do not think I need a story anymore.”

“Then you get out of bed and now I will get into it,” said Toad, “because now I feel terrible.”

Frog said, “Would you like me to tell you a story, Toad?”

“Yes,” said Toad, “if you know one.”

“Once upon a time,” said Frog, “there were two good friends, a frog and a toad. The frog was ill. He asked his friend the toad to tell him a story. The toad could not think of a story. He walked around, but he could not think of a story. He stood on his head, but he could not think of a story. He poured water over his head, but he could not think of a story. He banged his head against the wall, but he could not think of a story. Then the toad felt terrible, and the frog felt better. So the toad went to bed and the frog got up and told him a story. The end. How was that, Toad?” said Frog.

But Toad did not answer. He was asleep.

A Lost Button

Toad and Frog went for a long walk.

They walked across a big meadow. They walked in the woods. They walked along the river. At last they went back home to Toad’s house.

“Oh, no!” said Toad. “My feet hurt, and I also lost one of the buttons on my jacket.”

“Don’t worry,” said Frog. “We will go back and find your button.”

They walked back to the big meadow. They looked for the button in the grass.

“Here is your button!” cried Frog.

“No,” said Toad, “that is not my button. That button is black. My button was white.” And Toad put the black button in his pocket.

A sparrow flew down from a tree.

“Excuse me,” said Sparrow. “Did you lose a button? I found one.”

“No,” said Toad, “that is not my button. That button has two holes. My button had four holes.” And Toad put the button with two holes in his pocket.

They went back to the woods and looked on the paths.

“Here is your button!” cried Frog.

“No,” said Toad, “that is not my button. That button is small. My button was big.” And Toad put the small button in his pocket.

A raccoon came out from behind a tree.

“Excuse me,” said Raccoon. “I heard that you lost a button. Here is the one I just found.

“No,” said Toad, “that is not my button! That button is square. My button was round.” And Toad put the square button in his pocket.

Frog and Toad went back to the river. They looked for the button in the mud.

“Here is your button!” cried Frog.

“No,” said Toad, “that is not my button! That button is thin. My button was thick.

And Toad put the thin button in his pocket. He was very angry. He jumped up and down.

“The world is full of buttons, but they are not mine!” cried Toad.

Toad ran home and shut the door. There on the floor, he saw his white, big, round, thick button with four holes.

“Oh!” said Toad. “It was here all the time. So much trouble I made for Frog!”

Toad took all of the buttons out of his pocket and sewed them all on his jacket.

The next day Toad gave his jacket to Frog. Frog thought that it was beautiful. He put it on and jumped for joy. None of the buttons got lost. Toad sewed them on very well.

A Swim

Toad and Frog went to the river.

“What a day for a swim,” said Frog.

“Yes,” said Toad. “I will go behind the rocks and put on my bathing suit.”

“I don’t wear a bathing suit,” said Frog.

“But I do,” said Toad. “After I put on my bathing suit, do not look at me until I get into the water.”

“Why not?” asked Frog.

“Because I look funny in my bathing suit,” said Toad.

Frog closed his eyes when Toad came out from behind the rocks. Toad had his bathing suit on.

“Don’t look,” he said.

Frog and Toad jumped into the water. They swam all day. Frog swam fast. Toad swam slowly.

A turtle came along the river.

“Frog, ask the turtle to go away,” said Toad. “I do not want him to see me in my bathing suit when I come out of the river.”

Frog swam to the turtle.

“Turtle,” said Frog, “please go away.”

“Why?” asked the turtle.

“Because Toad thinks that he looks funny in his bathing suit, and he does not want you to see him,” said Frog.

Some lizards were sitting nearby.

“Does Toad really look funny in his bathing suit?” they asked.


A snake came out of the grass.

“If Toad looks funny in his bathing suit,” said the snake, “then I want to see him.”

“We want to see him too,” said two dragonflies.

“I want to see something funny, too,” said a field mouse.

Frog swam back to Toad.

“I am sorry, Toad,” he said. “Everyone wants to see you in your bathing suit.”

“Then I will stay here in the river until they go away,” said Toad.

The turtle and the lizards and the snake and the dragonflies and the field mouse all sat at the river. They waited for Toad to come out of the water.

“Please,” cried Frog, “please go away!”

But no one went away. Toad got colder and colder. He started to shiver.

“I must come out of the water,” said Toad, “or I will get a cold.”

Toad got out of the river. The water ran out of his bathing suit. The turtle laughed. The lizards laughed. The snake laughed. The field mouse laughed, and Frog laughed, too.

“Why are you laughing, Frog?” asked Toad.

“I am laughing, Toad,” said Frog, “because you really look funny in your bathing suit!”

“I know that,” said Toad. Then he took his clothes and went home.

The Letter

Toad was sitting by his house.

Frog came in and said, “What is wrong, Toad? You look sad.”

“Yes,” answered Toad, “this my sad time of day. It is the time when I wait for the mail. It always makes me very unhappy.”

“But why?” asked Frog

“Because I never get any mail,” said Toad.

“Never?” asked Frog.

“No, never,” said Toad. “No one sends me letters. Every day my mailbox is empty.

That is why the mail time is a sad time for me.”

Frog and Toad sat together, feeling sad.

Then Frog said, “I have to go home now, Toad. There is something that I must do.”

Frog went home. He found a pencil and a piece of paper. He wrote on the paper. He put the paper in an envelope. On the envelope he wrote: “A LETTER FOR TOAD”.

Then Frog ran out of his house. He saw a snail that he knew.

“Snail,” said Frog, “please take this letter to Toad’s house and put it in his mailbox.”

“Sure,” said snail. “I will do it very fast!”

Then Frog went back to Toad’s house. Toad was in bed, sleeping.

“Toad,” said Frog. “Get up and wait for the mail!”

“No,” said Toad, “I am tired of waiting for the mail.”

Frog looked out of the window at Toad’s mailbox. The snail was not there yet. “Toad,” said Frog, “you never know when someone may send you a letter.”

“No, no,” said Toad, “I do not think that anyone will send me a letter.”

Frog looked out of the window at Toad’s mailbox. The snail was not there yet.

“But, Toad,” said Frog, “someone may send you a letter today!”

“Don’t be silly!” said Toad, “No one sent me a letter before, and no one will send me a letter today.”

Frog looked out of the window at Toad’s mailbox. The snail was still not there.

“Frog,” asked Toad, “why are you looking out of the window all the time?”

“Because now I am waiting for the mail,” answered Frog.

“But there will be no mail,” said Toad.

“Oh, yes, there will,” said Frog, “because I sent you a letter!”

“Really?” cried Toad. “What did you write in the letter?”

“I wrote,” said Frog, “’Dear Toad, I am glad that you are my best friend. Your best friend, Frog.’”

“Oh,” said Toad, “that is a very good letter.”

Then Frog and Toad went outside to wait for the mail. They sat there, feeling happy together.

Frog and Toad waited for a long time. Four days later the snail came to Toad’s house and gave him the letter from Frog. Toad was very happy to get it.

A List

One morning Toad sat in the bed.

“I have many things to do today,” he said. “I will write them all on a list so that I can remember them.”

Toad wrote on a piece of paper:

A list of things to do today

Then he wrote: Wake up

“I have done that,” said Toad and he crossed out: Wake Up

Then Toad wrote other things on the paper.

Eat Breakfast

Get dressed

Go to Frog’s house

Go for a walk with Frog

Eat lunch

Take nap

Play game with Frog

Eat supper

Go to sleep

“Good,” said Toad. “Now my day is all planned.”

He got out of bed and had breakfast. Then Toad crossed out: Eat Breakfast

Toad took his clothes and got dressed. Then he crossed out: Get dressed

Toad put the list in his pocket. He opened the door and went to Frog’s house. Soon Toad was at Frog’s door. He took the list from his pocket and crossed out: Go to Frog’s house

Toad knocked at the door. “Hello,” said Frog. “Look at my list of things to do,” said Toad.

“Oh,” said Frog, “that is very nice.”

Toad said, “My list tells me that now we will go for a walk.”

“All right,” said Frog. “I am ready.”

Frog and Toad went on a long walk.

Then Toad took the list from his pocket again. He crossed out: Go for a walk with Frog

Just then there was a strong wind. It blew the list out of Toad’s hand. The list flew high up into the air.

“Help!” cried Toad. “My list is flying away! What will I do now without my list?”

“Hurry!” said Frog. “We will run and catch it.”

“No!” cried Toad. “I cannot do that.”

“Why not?” asked Frog.

“Because,” cried Toad, “it was not on my list of things to do!”

Frog ran after the list. He ran and ran, but the list flew and flew.

At last Frog came back to Toad.

“I am sorry,” said Frog, “but I could not catch your list.”

“Oh, no,” said Toad. “I cannot remember the things that were on my list of things to do. Now I will just sit here and do nothing.”

Toad sat and did nothing. Frog sat with him.

After a long time Frog said, “Toad, it is dark. We should go to sleep now.”

“Go to sleep!” cried Toad. “That was the last thing on my list!”

Toad wrote on the ground with a stick: Go to sleep

Then he crossed out: Go to sleep

“Good,” said Toad. “Now my day is all crossed out!”

“I am glad,” said Frog.

Then Frog and Toad went to sleep.

The Garden

Frog was in his garden. Toad came to visit.

“What a nice garden you have, Frog,” he said.

“Yes,” said Frog. “It is very nice, but it was very hard work.”

“I want to have a garden, too,” said Toad.

“Here are some flower seeds. Plant them in the ground,” said Frog, “and soon you will have a garden.”

“How soon?” asked Toad.

“Very soon,” said Frog.

Toad ran home. He planted the flower seeds.

“Now seeds,” said Toad, “start growing.”

Toad walked around them a few times. The seeds did not start to grow.

Toad put his head to the ground and said loudly, “Now seeds, start growing!”

Toad looked at the ground again. The seeds did not start to grow.

Toad put his head to the ground and shouted “NOW SEEDS, START GROWING!”

Frog came to Toad.

“What is this noise?” he asked.

“My seeds do not want to grow,” said Toad.

“You shout too loudly,” said Frog. “These poor seeds are afraid to grow.”

“My seeds are afraid to grow?” asked Toad.

“Of course,” said Frog. “Leave them alone for a few days. Let the sun shine on them, let the rain fall on them. Soon your seeds will start to grow.”

That night Toad looked out of his window.

“Oh, no!” said Toad. “My seeds still do not want grow. Maybe they are afraid of the dark.”

Toad went to his garden with some candles.

“I will read my seeds a story,” said Toad. “Then they will not be afraid.”

Toad read a long story to his seeds.

All the next day Toad sang songs to his seeds.

And all the next day Toad read poems to his seeds.

And all the next day Toad played music for his seeds.

Toad looked at the ground. The seeds still did not start to grow.

“What shall I do?” cried Toad. “These are the most frightened seeds in the world!”

Toad was very tired, and he went to sleep.

“Toad, Toad, wake up,” said Frog. “Look at your garden!”

Toad looked at his garden. Little green plants were growing out of the ground.

“At last!” shouted Toad. “My seeds are not afraid to grow!”

“And now you will have a nice garden too,” said Frog. “It was very hard work.”

Cookies

Toad made some cookies.

“These cookies smell very good,” said Toad. He ate one. “And they taste very good, too,” he said.

Toad ran to Frog’s house. “Frog, Frog,” cried Toad, “taste these cookies that I made.”

Frog ate one cookie.

“These are the best cookies in the world!” said Frog.

So Frog and Toad ate many cookies.

“You know, Toad,” said Frog, eating a cookie, “I think we should stop eating. We will soon be sick.”

“You are right,” said Toad. “Let us eat one last cookie, and then we will stop.” Frog and Toad ate one last cookie.

There were still many cookies left.

“Frog,” said Toad, “let us eat one very last cookie, and then we will stop.”

Frog and Toad ate one very last cookie.

“We must stop eating!” cried Toad, eating another cookie.

“Yes,” said Frog, eating another cookie too, “we need will power.”

“What is will power?” asked Toad.

“Will power is trying hard not to do something that you really want to do,” said Frog.

Frog put the cookies in a box.

“Now,” he said, “we will not eat any more cookies.”

“But we can open the box,” said Toad.

“That is true,” said Frog.

Frog put the box on a high shelf.

“Now,” said Frog, “we will not eat any more cookies.”

“But we can take the box from the shelf and open the box,” said Toad.

“That is true,” said Frog.

Frog took the box from the shelf and opened it. Then he took the box outside. He shouted loudly, “BIRDS! HERE ARE COOKIES!”

Birds came from everywhere. They took all the cookies and flew away.

“Now we have no more cookies to eat,” said Toad sadly.

“Yes,” said Frog, “but we have a lot of will power.”

“You can have all the will power, Frog,” said Toad. “But I am going home now to make a cake.”

Dragons and Giants

Frog and Toad read a book together.

“The people in this book are brave,” said Toad. “They fight dragons and giants, and they are never afraid!”

“Are we brave too?” asked Frog.

Frog and Toad looked into a mirror.

“We look brave,” said Frog.

“Yes, but are we?” asked Toad.

Frog and Toad went outside.

“We can climb this mountain,” said Frog. “That will tell us if we are brave.”


Frog jumped over rocks, and Toad jumped behind him. They came to a dark cave. A big snake came out of the cave.

“Hello lunch,” said the snake when he saw Frog and Toad. He opened his big mouth. Frog and Toad jumped away.

Toad was shaking. “I am not afraid!” he cried.

They went higher, and they heard a loud noise. Many big stones were rolling down the mountain.

“It’s an avalanche!” cried Toad.

Frog and Toad jumped away.

Frog was shaking. “I am not afraid!” he cried.

They came to the top of the mountain. There was a hawk above them. Frog and Toad jumped under a rock. The hawk flew away.

“We are not afraid!” cried Frog and Toad together.

Then they ran down the mountain very fast. They ran all the way to Toad’s house.

“Frog, I am glad to have a brave friend like you,” said Toad. He jumped into the bed and pulled the blanket over his head.

“And I am happy to have a brave friend like you, Toad,” said Frog. He jumped into the closet and shut the door.

Toad stayed in the bed, and Frog stayed in the closet. They stayed there for a long time, feeling very brave together.

The Dream

Toad was asleep, and he had a dream. He was on a stage, and he was in a costume. Toad looked into the dark. Frog was sitting in the theatre.

A strange voice said, “PRESENTING THE GREATEST TOAD IN THE WORLD!”

Toad bowed.

Frog looked small as he shouted, “Hooray for Toad!”

“TOAD WILL NOW PLAY THE PIANO VERY WELL,” said the strange voice.

Toad played the piano, and he did not miss a note.

“Frog,” cried Toad, “can you play the piano like this?”

“No,” said Frog.

Now Frog looked even smaller.

“TOAD WILL NOW WALK ON A HIGH WIRE, AND HE WILL NOT FALL DOWN,” said the voice.

Toad walked on the high wire.

“Frog,” cried Toad, “can you do tricks like this?”

“No,” answered Frog, who looked very, very small.

“TOAD WILL NOW DANCE, AND HE WILL BE WONDERFUL,” said the voice.

“Frog, can you dance like me?” said Toad as he danced wonderfully on the stage.

There was no answer.

Toad looked into the theatre. Frog was so small that he could not see or hear him anymore.

“Frog, where are you?” cried Toad.

Then the voice said: “THE GREATEST TOAD WILL NOW…”

“Shut up!” cried Toad. “Frog, Frog, where ARE YOU?”

Toad was now in the dark.

“Come back, Frog,” he cried. “I will be lonely!”

“I am here,” said Frog.

Frog was standing near Toad’s bed.

“Wake up, Toad,” he said.

“Frog, is that really you?” asked Toad.

“Yes, I think so,” said Frog.

Toad looked at the sun shining outside.

“Frog,” he said, “I am so glad that you are here.”

“I always am,” said Frog.

Then Frog and Toad ate a big breakfast. And after that they had a fine, long day together.

Down the Hill

Frog knocked at Toad’s door.

“Toad, wake up,” he cried. “Come out and see how wonderful the winter is!”

“I will not,” said Toad. “I am in my warm bed.”

“Winter is beautiful,” said Frog. “Come out and have fun.”

“No,” said Toad. “I do not have any winter clothes.”

Frog came into the house.

“I brought you some clothes,” he said.

Frog put a coat and snow pants on Toad. He put a hat and a scarf on Toad’s head.

“Help!” cried Toad. “My best friend wants to kill me!”

Frog and Toad went outside. They walked through the snow.

“We will ride down this big hill on my sled,” said Frog.

“Not me,” said Toad.

“Do not be afraid,” said Frog. “I will be with you on the sled. It will be a fine, fast ride. You will sit in front. I will sit behind you.”

The sled began to go down the hill.

“Here we go!” cried Frog.

There was a bump. Frog fell off the sled.

Toad flew past trees and rocks.

“Frog, I am glad that you are here,” cried Toad.

Toad flew over a snowdrift.

“I could not ride the sled without you, Frog,” he cried. “You are right! Winter is fun!”

A crow flew nearby.

“Hello, Crow!” cried Toad. “Look at Frog and me. We can ride a sled better than anybody in the world!”

“But Toad,” said the crow, “you are alone on the sled.”

Toad looked around. He saw that Frog was not there.

“I AM ALL ALONE!” cried Toad.

Bang! The sled hit a tree.

Bang! The sled hit a rock.

Plop! The sled fell into the snow.

Frog ran down the hill. He pulled Toad out of the snow.

“I saw everything,” said Frog. “You did very well by yourself.”

“I did not,” said Toad. “But there is one thing that I can do well all by myself.”

“What is that?” asked Frog.

“I can go home,” said Toad. “Winter may be beautiful, but my bed is much better.”


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