by Leo Lionni


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Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Honor–winning story about a little mouse who gathers something unusual for the long winter is turning fifty! Celebrate this beloved favorite, which now includes a special introduction from noted children’s book historian Leonard Marcus.
Winter is coming, and all the mice are gathering food . . . except for Frederick. But when the days grow short and the snow begins to fall, it’s Frederick’s stories that warm the hearts and spirits of his fellow field mice. Winner of a 1967 Caldecott Honor, Frederick has been cherished by generations of readers.
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399555527
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 36,476
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than forty picture books, including four Caldecott Honor books—Inch by Inch, Swimmy, Frederick, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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Frederick 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! My mother would read this to me every night when I was a child. Now I read it to my son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frederick and his family of mice are gathering the supplies that they are going to need for survival through winter. While the other mice were working hard gathering ¿corn and nuts and wheat and straw,¿ Frederick spends time gathering sunrays, colors, and words. When winter comes the mice all run to ¿their hideout in the stones.¿ At first the mice family was fine. But after a while they began to get low on food and supplies, but winter wasn¿t over. Then they turn to ask ¿what about your supplies, Frederick?¿ Leo Lionni lived in Tuscany, Italy until he passed away in October 1999. He is both an author and an illustrator. I thought this book has good use of black and white pictures. The story line also taught that people have different ways of dealing with situations, and that is okay. He is well known throughout the country for both his illustrations and stories. In 1959 he wrote his first book for his grandchildren on a dull train road. Leo Lionni has won four Caldecott Medal Awards, including Frederick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautiful story about a young mouse who while every member of his family are busily preparing a stockpile of food for the winter, Frederick, just sits around. While all through the book you are wondering why Frederick isn¿t doing anything to help, and what he really means by comments like, ¿I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days,¿ and ¿I gather color, for winter is gray.¿ At the end, however, in the coldest part of winter, the little mouse family begins to run out of food, get colder, and finally no one even feels like talking. Read this wonderful book to find out what Frederick had been doing, and how he comes to his families¿ aid to get them through the cold winter days. The author of this book Leo Lionni lived in Tuscany, Italy until he passed away in October of 1999. Lionni is both an author an illustrator and is very well known for his work with both. He launched his career in 1959 when he wrote his first book for his grandchildren on a dull train road. Along with this book, Lionni has also won three other Caldecott Medal Awards for his books and his beautiful illustrations.
jscheper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story about Frederick. Frederick and his fellow mice are getting ready for the winter. Frederick's friends are getting food, nuts, and straw. Frederick isn't collecting these things like his fellow mice he is instead collecting sunlight, colors, and words. Once all the food is gone Frederick saves the day with his collection. This is a very cute book. A nice concept. The pictures are very large and simple. This book could be used as an art project, to have the students copy the theme of the illustrations.
IEliasson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frederick is far more than a simple picture book; instead, it is a parable of optimism that relates how Frederick and his family of field mice prepare for winter. The four mice work busily gathering food for winter and resent Frederick¿s indolence; however, Frederick is actually working gathering food and hope for the spirit. As the winter drags on and stockpile of food diminishes, the family of mice become downcast and ask Frederick for his supplies. Frederick shares the rays of the sun, the colors of summer, and his poem of the seasons, providing spiritual sustenance in a time of deprivation. Lionni¿s illustrations of torn and cut paper collage with color accents of crayon charmingly animate Frederick¿s story from the diminutive perspective of a field mouse.
scadd07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stars for Characterization of FrederickThis book is a fantasy with a moral. Frederick is a mouse who has very different gifts than the other mice, and his gifts help them through the winter. This book is great for any age, especially primary.
annikasmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The theme of this story is that work is not the only reason for life, there are dreams, blessings and memories. These are the things that make life bearable. When life gets rough, memories, dreams of better times, art, color, language, and company keep us going. Frederick is the dreamer in his group of field mice, and when they are all working to store up food for the winter he is soaking in the sun, colors and poetry. This comes in handy when winter has set in for awhile and the food is running low. The theme is shown through Frederick and the plot of the story. This book is a good example of fantasy. This story seems very believable in the context the author gives us but the mice which in normal life do not speak, can talk in this book. This is the fantasy part of this picture book. Art media: paper and paint collageAppropriate Age: Primary
wturnbull06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of a fable because its is about how one mouse looks like he¿s not doing his part and is being selfish but in they end he ends being able to help and make the other mice feel better when all the food is done. Characterization: Frederick is a round character because you see what the other mice feel and about him and his reaction to them in the beginning when he isn¿t helping and in the end when they ask his to tell them the things he was thinking when he wasn¿t helping.
ljemanuel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for either reading aloud or stronger readers. There are pictures. Great book for around the 2nd grade,
jessy555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: fantasyCritique of Genre: This is an example of fantasy because it is about a family of mice gathering things they will need for the winter months, but one little mouse doesn't help out with the gathering. Instead he sits on a rock and gathers other things to help his family in the winter months.Characterization: Frederick is a peculiar little mouse who is a fairly flat character throughout the book until the end when he reveals to his family what he had been "gathering." He shows that he really was helping, but in a different way than the others may have liked.Media: Collage
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This charming story of about a group of fieldmice who must survive the cold of winter is one of my favorites of the Lionni stories. . . an eloquent statement about the importance and power of poetry and the arts.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lovely little story about how a mouse who chooses to be different can still be a valued part of society.
kcicchella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about five little mice who were preparing to hibernate for the winter. While all the mice were gathering corn, nuts, wheat and straw, Frederick seemed to be doing nothing at all. He told the others that he did work, he was gathering the sun rays for the winter days and the colors because the winter is gray. He was also gathering the words for when they ran out of things to say. When winter came the mice had eaten through all their food. "It was col in the wall and no one felt like chatting." That is when Frederick was asked to share his supplies. "Close your eyes," said Frederick, as he climbed on a big stone. "Now I send you the rays of the sun. Do you feel how their golden glow..." And as Frederick spoke of the sun the four little mice began to feel warmer. Was it Frederick's voice? Was it magic? Frederick shared all of his supplies with the other mice and made the winter seem better.
stharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great fantasy with talking mice and imaginary colors and feelings, its no wonder Fredrick is a favorite amongst many children. The setting of this story is fantastic, as it places them in a realistic location, outside amongst the nature that real mice would be in. The demonstration of the seasons changing throughout the book really are a creation to be raved about.
cmiller05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: FantasyThe characters of Fredrick and his mice friends are somewhat flat characters. The only change in them is that they learn to appreciate the dreaming and talents that their friend has. This is also the plot, which is steady and a bit predictable. The theme is the characteristics and thoughts of Fredrick, which speaks to anyone who has ever felt a bit different and contemplative. These differences are then appreciated by his peer more than if he had followed the crowd. His uniqueness makes him special, and brings happiness to his friends. The media of the book is in the signature Leo Lionni style, where papers are made first, then cut in collage style . The pictures of the characters are charming and cute, which still giving expression and meaning to the words.
LauraK More than 1 year ago
While the other field mice toil all the day long in preparation for winter, little Frederick sits idly by, taking in the colors and images of the world. They think he's a bit lazy and resent doing all the work, but in the depths of winter when they are cold, hungry and miserable- it's Frederick who feeds their souls with visions and poetry! One of the best children's stories from the gentle master, Leo Lionni
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it was funny. I also like this book because I like the picture.
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moriggg More than 1 year ago
Great for the creative dreamers in all of us!
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KeetSeal More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book. I give Frederick as a gift to many people for all occassions. It invites personal interpretation of imagination and poetry and harmony and individuallity and support of community. It inspires.