by Leo Lionni (Autore)

Paperback, 2012



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(2012), 32 pages


Frederick, the poet mouse, stores up something special for the long cold winter.

Media reviews

I guess I can't really imagine who doesn't want to know the story of Frederick. I think it's a really important fable, I suppose, about doing the thing you can do in the circumstances you're in. The other mice are quite judgemental towards Frederick in the first half of the book, and they keep
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saying, you know, 'Aren't you going to do something useful, aren't you going to help us gather in the corn?', and he's really definite, he's never aggressive or defensive, he's just really definite that, no, this is what he does. He's gathering colours so that they'll have them in the winter. He's gathering words so that they'll have poems in the winter. He's gathering light so they'll have light in the dark.

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Casa da Leitura
A publicação de Frederico[1] (2004), uma fábula de Leo Lionni que recria, com laivos de modernidade, o texto clássico de A Cigarra e a Formiga, também revela as potencialidades que este tipo de estrutura narrativa revela em edições contemporâneas. Neste caso concreto, Frederico, o
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protagonista, encarnará a figura do poeta como um elemento fundamental na sociedade, uma vez que as suas criações não só enchem de beleza e de alegria a vida dos outros, como desempenham um papel tão crucial como os próprios alimentos. De alguma forma, assiste-se, no caso concreto deste texto, a uma subversão da fábula tradicional, uma vez que a figura da cigarra, cantora e dançarina, despreocupada em relação ao futuro, é agora transformada num ratinho que se inspira no sol e nas cores de Verão (e na observação da beleza da paisagem natural que o rodeia) para recriar as palavras e, de alguma forma, o mundo. Os leitores já não encontrarão uma cigarra cujo amor pelas artes é castigado, mas a defesa de que todas as actividades humanas, realizadas com empenho e paixão, são úteis para a sociedade, uma vez que o trabalho de Frederico é reconhecido e elogiado por todos, incluindo aqueles que, no início, tinham alguma dificuldade em compreender a sua singularidade. | Ana Margarida Ramos
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
This book is charming, delightful and message driven!

When fall approaches the family of mice who live in the cracks and crannies of the large grey stone wall, begin the process of preparing for the long, cold winter.

While they toil, Frederick sits on the rocks and meditates. All work and toil day
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and night except for Frederick. When asked why he doesn't help, he replies that he is working--he is gathering sun rays for the cold dark winter.

As he sits on the rocks, he tells his fellow mice he is gathering colors for the long winter days.

As the hibernation into the cold rocks begins and the snow blows across the field, the family becomes cold and does not feel like interacting.

Now, Frederick's work comes in handy as he paints mental images for them of colors

And he talks of sunshine and warmth

The images are cute, and while this isn't one of my favorite Caldecott's to date, I like the way in which the author wove a tale of the importance of the artist with a soul of sunshine to share.

I admit, personally, I grow weary of the Fredericks, who don't help with the chores.

I have little patience for the talkers and not the doers.

Lionni's message is mindful of the importance of the dreamers and the artists who provide color and warmth.
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LibraryThing member clong
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.
LibraryThing member tshrum06
This is a good example of fantasy. It personifies mice and gives them realistic characteristics, while staying true to mouse characteristics like gathering food for the winter. It lets the reader be in a made up world, but believing that it could somehow be true.
Age Appropriateness: Primary
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LibraryThing member jessy555
Genre: fantasy
Critique 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
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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
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LibraryThing member wturnbull06
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member rturba
Genre: Fiction
Media: collage/ painting
Age Appropriateness: primary
Plot: person/people vs. nature
Characterization: Fredrick is a round and static character. We know nothing about him at the beginning of the book, but by the end we learn that he is a poet. However, he says that he knows he is a poet
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and so he doesn't change, but rather we just learn more about him.
Review: This book is a good example of fiction because the mice are very believable and as the reader you want then to survive the winter. Also the story draws you in, because Fredrick seems lazy and annoying at the beginning of the book. By the end you get to see his sweeter side and his motives for soaking up memories.
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LibraryThing member awidmer06
Genre: Fantasy
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Review: This book is a good example of fantasy because the story wouldn’t happen in reality because the mice are personified and can talk and interact as humans do. The story encourages children to use their imagination in order to fully understand the
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story. Frederick and his four mice friends are preparing for the winter. Winter strikes and they begin running out of food and this is when Frederick uses his talents to help his friends in this time of need.
Media: This book is a good example of collage media because the illustrations are made of collections of torn paper. The pieces are layered to create objects and make the story come to life.
Characterization: Frederick is a round character because he faces a challenge when there is no more food for him and his mice friends. Instead, he shows through his talent of poetry that dreams of happier times can alone sustains us. His character is revealed towards the end when his friends depend on him.
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LibraryThing member bekstrom
This book is an example of fantasy. The story is believable because the basic concept of collecting food for winter is true of how mice have to live. The mice are given human traits such as speech to help the reader better understand the animals. The main character in this book is Fredrick, he is a
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round and dynamic. We get to know a lot about Fredrick and he changes in the end because he decides to share with all his friends what he is thinking. In the beginning he keeps to himself, but at the end he shares what he has noticed with everyone else. I think that students would be able to relate to the fact that Fredrick is different than everyone else, one thing I wish that he would have done more of is help out his family by working too. Its important to instill a good work ethic in chidlren. I would use this book in a primary classroom. The type of media used is collage.
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LibraryThing member bsturdevant06
This is a good example of fantasy because the main characters are five mice that act like people. The mice talk and share. The main character Fredrick is dynamic. We go from seeing him as lazy finding excuses to get out of work by "collecting" other things to being a poet who helps them
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survive the winter.
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LibraryThing member annikasmith
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
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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 collage
Appropriate Age: Primary
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LibraryThing member ksimpson
This is one of the cutest books EVER. I love the pictures and I love the way it is written. It is about a little group of mice who are all gathering things to store for winter... everyone except Frederick. All the other mice think Frederick is lazy because he does not gather food with the rest of
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them. Instead he gathers colors, words, and sun rays.

This book is the definition of thinking outside the box. My mom read this to me when I was little but I didn't really understand it then. Now that I'm older I can see why my mom thought it was such a great book. It has many different lessons you could come away with all wrapped up into one story: Don't judge a book by it's cover, working as a team, think outisde the box, etc.

In a classroom you could use this book with lots of different units and with lots of different age groups. The younger ones would probably like the story and the pictures but older children would be able to grasp and understand the underlying messages. Everyone, adults included, need to be reminded that different people may have different jobs and do them differently, but in the end everyone's contribution is equally important.
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LibraryThing member mrsarey
A lovely little story about how a mouse who chooses to be different can still be a valued part of society.
LibraryThing member cmiller05
Genre: Fantasy
The 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
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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.
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LibraryThing member Amber_88
This is a great example of fantasy because mice are talking and interacting, but it is a great example of how actual people have preference of hobbies and responsibilities, and thus and be related to real life for children. While the other mice were busily preparing for winter, Frederick was
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basking in the sun and then reminded the others of it to console them during winter.
The story is too short to critique the setting, plot, or characters.
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LibraryThing member stharp
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
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of the seasons changing throughout the book really are a creation to be raved about.
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LibraryThing member kdcoshatt
This book is about a little field mouse named Frederick. While all of his friends are gathering food for the winter he is not. When his friends ask him why he is not helping gather food he said, "I am." I am gathering the suns rays, the colors, and the words. He did this so they could enjoy the
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suns warmth, the beautiful colors of spring, and the words even in the winter.
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LibraryThing member jgabica
This fantasy book describes a family's work to prepare for the upcoming season of winter. Frederick does not help store food, but stores words, sun rays, and colors to share with the family once they're bored and depleted of food resources. Media: collage. Caldecott Honor
LibraryThing member ljemanuel
This is a good book for either reading aloud or stronger readers. There are pictures. Great book for around the 2nd grade,
LibraryThing member aengle
K-2. This story talks about the different seasons of the year and how it is important to sometimes take a break from working to enjoy your surroundings.
LibraryThing member ksjeffcoat
All the mice collect things for winter time so they will be prepared. Frederick collects sunlight and colors and everyone laughs at him. However, during winter time his collections become the best ones and everyone is thankful. This book has great illustrations. Younger readers will enjoy this book.
LibraryThing member Sweetiesjm
This book is about a mouse that does not follow what the other mice are doing. All the other mice are collecting things for hibernatiing while Frederick collects sunlight and colors. It all works out at the end because the other mice are happy he collected these things.
LibraryThing member MaeBHollie
Frederick is the story of a little mouse who tends to daydream when everyone else is working very hard. Eventually his hidden talent comes to the surface and he is appreciated for his own special and unique contributions.

I absolutely love this book, the pictures are fun to look at and really help
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to tell the story. The story alone though is excellent. young children would love the story but I do not think that it is lost on anyone. this book could easily be read aloud all the way up to the HS grades as a pleasant diversion.

In the back of the book Leo Lionni has given us the beginning of a great extension activity. The instructions detail how to make a paper mouse. Have your students make the mouse and then write on the mouse's belly some of their hidden talents that no one may know about. Have students explain how people are different and/or unique. Why is it good for people to be different? Discuss how Frederick, the mouse, was different from the rest of the group. How did Frederick help his group? Discuss the senses and how we use them in and out of school, what are they, which is our favorite, which could you live without if you had to give one up, Why? (grades 1-3)

Pass out pre-made mice (use pattern in the back of the book). Explain that everyone has responsibilities and important contributions to bring to a group. List responsibilities and/or jobs that are important in the classroom such as: line leaders, clean up, paper passer, and so on. After decorating bulletin board as desired with labels of classroom jobs, have students attach their individual mouse to their appropriate job label. (Class may want to decorate the background of the bulletin board from a page from the book). Students may switch jobs throughout the year. (grades Pre k-2)
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LibraryThing member clstone
'Frederick' by Leo Lionni is a story about a family of field mice, including Frederick. During the warm seasons the family works all day long to gather food and straw for the winter months ahead. Frederick never works and the family always asks him why he sits out in the sun. Frederick always
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answers that he is storing rays of sun to keep the family warm in the winter or colors to brighten the cold, winter days or words to enlighten them. When winter comes and all the stored food is gone, Frederick used his stored treasures to save the family of field mice from the cold. This is a story of family that I would read to students in grades K-4 because it is such a delightful book. The pictures are also very interesting and cute.
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LibraryThing member EmilyAnnSp
Frederick is about a small mouse who helps out the field mice in his own special way. In stead of gathering food for the upcoming winter he does not work. He instead soaks up the sun, or memorizes what colors look like. When winter comes and the mice go through all of the food and are sad because
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it is so cold they look to Frederick to cheer them up. Frederick has them imagine the sun of summer and colors of spring. He also recites a poem to the mice. This cheers them right up and they are glad that Frederick chose to soak up those things for winter.
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LibraryThing member SherylLee
Reviewed by n/a in Horn Book starred (February, 1991). Found in Follett Titlewave.


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32 p.; 7.48 inches


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