In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readersthey could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parishs Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hobans books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoffs popular Danny and the Dinosaur.
Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked - Little Bear, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and Daniels Duck by Clyde Bulla, to name a few - and all are enjoyed by children of all ages. Grade 1 - Grade 3. Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.