Yup, Frog And Toad Taught Kids To Accept A Gay Couple
Frog And Toad Are Friends is a series of children's books about two amphibian best buddies in a quaint forest home. Think The Wind In The Willows, but with fewer mammals and DUIs. The book features charming tales such as Frog and Toad wolfing down cookies as if they just knocked over the Keebler joint two trees down:
When Frog and Toad is adapted for prestige TV, this scene will be a years-long storyline.
Or going for a naked swim together:
Not fanfiction. Trust us, you don't want to see the fanfiction.
A lot of the stories end in big gestures where they prove that they love each other ... which some have interpreted as meaning that they, you know, love each other.
You know it's true love when they overlook your hideous toes.
Sure, they could just be platonic best friends, but there's something very life partner-y about Frog and Toad's relationship. This isn't a baseless theory either -- the author, Arnold Lobel, revealed to his family he was gay just four years after the first story came out. And while gay men can obviously write stories about talking animals who aren't gay, Lobel's daughter later claimed that "Frog And Toad really was the beginning of him coming out."
In this new context, stories like "Spring" become especially sweet and poignant. That's the one in which Frog wants Toad to come out ... and enjoy the warm April weather. The curmudgeonly Toad won't leave his bed, only rising when Frog tricks him into thinking it's May, and the two have a lovely (albeit lie-filled) stroll.
And then Toad died from his deadly allergies.
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