Published: Anderson Press
Synopsis: While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself. “I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days,” he tells them. Another day he gathers “colors,” and then “words.” And when the food runs out, it is Frederick, the dreamer and poet, whose endless store of supplies warms the hearts of his fellow mice, and feeds their spirits during the darkest winter days. Frederick’s story will warm readers as well in this Caldecott Honor winning fable.
The three year old test: And it’s these pictures which are part of what make it such a great read with a young child. The bubba’s favourite part of the bedtime story is when she can tell her own story using the pictures. Let me tell you that some of the time her story and the ‘real’ story have very little in common. But here Lionni’s pictures hold meaning to her little three year old brain and she knows the family are working and that Frederick is doing nothing and she expresses that.
Text: And then, if like me, you didn’t grow up with Lionni, his words are beautiful. I was once told rather glibly, that illustrators couldn’t write. So maybe Lionni was a writer who could illustrate, or maybe this was just one very talented illustrator and I shall definitely be looking out for more of his books during out next book shop visit.