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Frederick [English Edition] Paperback – Bargain Price, 1967
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In terms of content, the story of Frederick is simple. In a community narrowly focused on efficiency, one mouse stands apart and concerns himself with art. Frederick notes the wonder of the world he lives in, and takes the time to assimilate it. While his cohorts may grumble at this behavior, when the dreariness of winter overtakes them they are grateful for Frederick's words. Frederick's poetry is seen as an essential supply for survival.
The illustrations are simple and yet extremely expressive -- witness my instant emotional reaction to a cover that was ninety-percent blank space -- and the wording is likewise concise. But the emotional impact of this book is what sets it apart. Out of sixty or seventy books I thumbed through today, I pulled out six that I felt defined my childhood. This book was at the top of the stack.
Unfortunately, his point of view is becoming more common. It looks like this generation of children is going to grow up in a world that cares more about their ability to memorize facts and formulas and regurgitate them for standardized tests than it cares about their ideas and imaginations.
Leo Lionni's books - especially Frederick - are great antidotes to that narrow mindset.
Frederick is an artistic and imaginative little mouse. While his family gathers food for the winter, Frederick sits around observing. The other mice criticize him for being lazy, but Frederick insists that what he's doing is important - he's collecting words and colors. When winter finally comes, of course, the food Frederick's family gathered sustains them. But eventually the food runs out and it is Frederick's vivid memories of the colors of spring, as well as his poems and stories, that take the other mice's minds off their troubles and get them through the winter.
I don't think there's a better book about the importance of nurturing the imagination than Frederick. When Lionni first wrote it, in 1966, it became an instant classic. Today it's not just a great children's book, it's a crucial one.
It is important to cultivate heart in our children and imagination. In our busyminded and action oriented world, kids need permission to slow down and use their imagination in a good way. This book teaches this and it teaches it well.
I will always love Frederick! He is one of my childhood "teachers" who gave me permission to dream and think warm thoughts. He shows the power of heart and mind together - and that above all things it is okay to be yourself, and to be "different."
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This is a beautiful book I used to read to my children, and now it is time to read it for my grandchildren. The old one was read too many times so I needed a new copy. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bente Rødner
Amazing wisdom in a simple story for all ages. Artists are often seen as second hand contributors to society but they are one shackle so necessary in holding the sanity of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cielja Kieft
My child will not sit through this book, which is actually a blessing because it sends a terrible message to children. It was a gift, but I'm thinking about throwing the book away.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very interesting book I like mouses and Fredrick is a great book mouses are amazing and coolPublished 3 months ago by L. Medina
What a cute little story! I wonder if the mice can survive the winter on sun rays, colors and words alone. .Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an outstanding book to assist everyone in understanding the special gifts of creative individuals in general, and of poets in particular, in this case, of Frederick, a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cali Flower