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.
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.
I really don't know why this wasn't embraced--it's a warm story, but the six-year-old thought it was "dumb."
He listened once, but was not interested in hearing it again. He thought it was "dumb."
Daddy remembered this one from when HE was little, and was disappointed in the reaction.
This story will help youngsters (and adults) remember that everyting in life doesn't have to be practical! Art is important, too.
Aside from learning to plan ahead and work together, it's a nice story for valuing art in its many forms.
7 to 9
3 to 8
read at 6 years old
Borrow, at least until you get a sense if YOUR six-year-old will like it.