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Frederick Paperback – Apr 12 1973
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"A splendid achievement."—School Library Journal (Starred Review)
“In Frederick, a mouse who is a poet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail demonstrates that a seemingly purposeless life is indeed far from that—and that we need not live by bread alone!”—Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“When dreary winter comes, it is Frederick the poet-mouse who warms his friends and cheers them with his words.” —Wilson Library Bulletin.
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Illus. in full color. "While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick seems to daydream the summer away. When dreary winter comes, it is Frederick the poet-mouse who warms his friends and cheers them with his words."--"Wilson Library Bulletin.See all Product Description
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Unfortunately, his point of view is becoming more common. It looks like this generation of children is going to grow up in a world that cares more about their ability to memorize facts and formulas and regurgitate them for standardized tests than it cares about their ideas and imaginations.
Leo Lionni's books - especially Frederick - are great antidotes to that narrow mindset.
Frederick is an artistic and imaginative little mouse. While his family gathers food for the winter, Frederick sits around observing. The other mice criticize him for being lazy, but Frederick insists that what he's doing is important - he's collecting words and colors. When winter finally comes, of course, the food Frederick's family gathered sustains them. But eventually the food runs out and it is Frederick's vivid memories of the colors of spring, as well as his poems and stories, that take the other mice's minds off their troubles and get them through the winter.
I don't think there's a better book about the importance of nurturing the imagination than Frederick. When Lionni first wrote it, in 1966, it became an instant classic. Today it's not just a great children's book, it's a crucial one.
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Leo Lionni has the rare gift of creating a wonderful story with little means, keeping it simple and yet rich. A review complained how this book doesn't promote children to do their chores, and I don't think this person has understood the book, which is sad. Lionni does not intend to moralize, he only wants to show that there are many things that are important in life. Food is important, but so is hope. Frederick is just the mouse who can bring back hope in his fellow mice when all hope seems to be lost. He fills their hearts with warmth and sunshine when he tells them to closer their eyes, imagine the warmth of the sun and the colors of spring. How can you not think this is a beautiful book??
In terms of content, the story of Frederick is simple. In a community narrowly focused on efficiency, one mouse stands apart and concerns himself with art. Frederick notes the wonder of the world he lives in, and takes the time to assimilate it. While his cohorts may grumble at this behavior, when the dreariness of winter overtakes them they are grateful for Frederick's words. Frederick's poetry is seen as an essential supply for survival.
The illustrations are simple and yet extremely expressive -- witness my instant emotional reaction to a cover that was ninety-percent blank space -- and the wording is likewise concise. But the emotional impact of this book is what sets it apart. Out of sixty or seventy books I thumbed through today, I pulled out six that I felt defined my childhood. This book was at the top of the stack.
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Frederick is about a mouse who works on something else while the other mice are gathering corn. Frederick gathered warm things, colours and words to give to his mouse friends. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2010 by Toadmummy
Frederick seems to be lazy and self-centered. However, he is the free spirit, the artist, the dreamer, the one who stops to smell the roses. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Karen K-B
In this world where our children and grandchildren are being pressured to "produce more, bigger, better, faster" -- in this world of buzzwords like "measurable results" --... Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by P. deVarennes
After reading this book to my young daughter for the first time, I was very disappointed. The story of Frederick is the opposite of Aesop's fable about the Ant and the... Read morePublished on May 13 2003
For twenty years I remembered this beautiful story and told it to friends. As my little girl began to read I ached for this book, to encourage both her love of words and love of... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2002 by cannedstarfish
Simple, almost stark paper collage forms the pictures for this fable about cute little mousies laying in their supplies for the winter. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by beckyjean
I can't read this book to children without getting all choked up. The children then look up at me like I'm crazy.Published on Sept. 6 2000 by Goggle-Eyed Slewfoot
Simply put: This book made me who I am today, and proud of it. This book is the one thing I can vividly remeber from when I was a child. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2000