The narration of this book makes it feel like an ancient fable, which perhaps it is. As is often the case in children’s literature, a story with animals is a way for children to access their feelings indirectly by identifying with a non-human character. In this short, nicely illustrated story, Toad is sad because he does not have friends. He blames himself for this dilemma, until a wise and friendly bird offers him some advice. Armed with a new way of looking at things, Toad is able to form new friendships. A simply told yet welcome tale for a read-aloud audience.