In the book, City Dog moves to the country and becomes friends with Country Frog. They play and learn from each other, but as the year passes the frog gets older. When City Dog goes to find Country Frog in the winter, he is gone. I found this book to be extremely powerful, and its theme makes me smile and remember the importance of loving those around you now.
I read an interview where Willems said he didn’t feel his illustrations were right for this book, and I agree. His work is so comical, it might have lessened the impact. Jon J. Muth’s watercolors are beautiful and sweet and are serious enough to pull off this story.
The fantastic writing and beautiful colors that totally capture each season win this fun-but-serious book my enthusiastic recommendation!