Frederick

Summary:

Frederick the mouse doesn't scurry around preparing for winter like the other field mice, but still has something to offer when the cold winds blow.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Teaches that hard work on practical matters (laying in food for the winter) is important, but so is appreciating the aesthetic--Frederick is the one who tells the other mice stories of the warm grass and the blue skies in the depths of winter and feeds their souls, not their tummies.

Content Awareness Factors:

I really don't know why this wasn't embraced--it's a warm story, but the six-year-old thought it was "dumb."


Little Kid Reaction

He listened once, but was not interested in hearing it again. He thought it was "dumb."

Parent Reaction

Daddy remembered this one from when HE was little, and was disappointed in the reaction.

Type of Book:
This story will help youngsters (and adults) remember that everyting in life doesn't have to be practical! Art is important, too.
Educational Themes:

Aside from learning to plan ahead and work together, it's a nice story for valuing art in its many forms.

Reading Level:
2.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
read at 6 years old
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least until you get a sense if YOUR six-year-old will like it.

Title Frederick
About
Author Leo Lionni
Publisher Dragonfly Books © 1973
ISBN 0394826140
Material Paperback
Genres Poetry, Art, Life Lessons
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