Frog and Toad & Other Friends: The World of Arnold Lobel

 In Future Exhibitions

Frog and Toad & Other Friends: The World of Arnold Lobel 

September 23 – December 31, 2023

Celebrate the art of Arnold Lobel (1933–1987), author and illustrator of some of the most beloved children’s books produced since the late 1960s. Included among these are his Frog and Toad series (1971–79), Mouse Soup (1977), and Fables (1980), which was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal. Creating a magical world animated by a talking frog, a toad, an owl, mice, kangaroos, and other colorful creatures, Lobel subtly reflects upon human foibles in his charmingly rendered stories and illustrations. The exhibition features over one hundred original illustrations and works on paper highlighting Lobel’s detailed illustration technique and warm, funny tales of love and friendship, mostly among animal friends.

Sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation and NYCM Insurance.

The Fenimore Art Museum gratefully acknowledges The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for their loan assistance.





“A Year with Frog and Toad” — A Musical Production
Six matinee performances: Saturdays and Sundays (Sept 9-24) • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lakeside in the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater at Fenimore Art Museum
Tickets: Adult (13-64): $15 / Members and Seniors (+65): $12.50 / Children (3-12): $10 / Free for ages two and under. Purchase tickets here.

Join Frog and Toad on a year’s worth of wild adventures, as they and their animal friends Snail, Turtle, Mouse, and others discover the true value of friendship. The program is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Sponsored in part by Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation, NYCM Insurance, The Clark Foundation, and C.J. Heilig Foundation, Inc. “A Year with Frog and Toad” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. ( The production is licensed by Music Theatre International.


Lobel Storytime and Crafting

Saturdays (Sept 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28) • 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Included with museum admission. Ages 19 and under are free.

Enjoy a storytime and crafting program for children and their families. Hear stories and take part in crafting projects that complement the exhibition Frog and Toad & Other Friends: The World of Arnold Lobel. On September 23 only, the main characters from Fenimore’s musical production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” will make special appearances to sing a song and present a scene in the gallery. Arnold Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne, will also join in.


A Conversation with Adrianne Lobel
Saturday, Sept 23 • 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Reservations required. Purchase tickets here.
$15 Museum Members / $17.50 Non-Members

In this special presentation, artist Adrianne Lobel will discuss the work in her exhibit, Nature Composed: Painting and Tapestries by Adrianne LobeI, as well as the work of her father Arnold in the exhibition, Frog and Toad & Other Friends: The World of Arnold Lobel.


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