Frederick by Leo Lionni

This book was first published in 1967 and recently reissued.  This is the story of a chatty family of field mice. They all begin to prepare for winter by gathering corn, nuts, wheat and straw and work hard day and night.  All – except Frederick.  He is busy gathering the sun rays for the cold dark winter days, colours for “winter is grey”, and words “for the winter days are long and many, we’ll run out of things to say”.

It is Frederick’s gathering that enables this family of field mice to survive this long dark winter – he takes them into the world of blue periwinkles and red poppies.  The words are succinct, the illustrations are collages – simple and effective. This understated gem will introduce your children to words and ideas and is thoroughly engaging.

About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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One Response to Frederick by Leo Lionni

  1. Stef says:

    I just listened to my American friend read this story to her children the other day. Its a beautiful affirmation of the value of poets, intellectuals and the thinking/artistic souls in our communities that make life full of colour. Thanks for sharing it with the wider world. With love from Stef in Hanoi.

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