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Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt

Young Fredle

by Cynthia Voigt

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  knorthway | Mar 10, 2016 |
Narrated by Wendy Carter. Absolutely lovely book about experiencing life beyond one's boundaries and the familiar. Fredle is a kitchen mouse; his family and relatives live back of the pantry. They have a strict routine that involves foraging at night, sleeping during the day, and keeping the noise down. The worst thing to happen to a mouse is to "went," either by way of the cat or by being pushed out of the nest due to age, illness or inability to keep up. Fredle is forced out when he gets sick eating chocolate and he ends up outside where he meets the family dogs, woodshed mice, and racoons, and discovers the beauty of the moon, stars and color. When he finally makes it back to the pantry after many adventures, he finds you can't go home again; he's changed and has seen so much. He comes up with a very nice solution that makes for a satisfying ending. Narrator Carter does a superb job, endowing the animals with distinct and colorful personalities, and best of all, she fully expresses Fredle's aching wonder at all of life's possibilities. You can't help but feel how much Fredle has grown and just want to cheer for him. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
When I see the genres "Science Fiction" and "Fantasy", I usually cringe. I will cringe a lot less after reading Young Fredle. Young Fredle is a story I'd like my fourth grade daughter to read. It is a sweet story about a young mouse who finds himself on the outside looking in for the first time. He finds the outdoors to be dangerous, adventurous, exciting and scary all at the same time! This is much like real life. Fredle learns about the very important, and sometimes complex, lessons of courage, believing in yourself, betrayal, and he learns about the real meaning of "home". ( )
  HeidiJones | Mar 15, 2015 |
Summary: Fredle is a young house mouse who has lived in the pantry his whole life. He is used to losing other mice in the house, but is taught that once they are gone, he must forget them right away. I think he fears this happening to himself. One day, Fredle breaks the rules and eats a very large amount of chocolate which gets him shunned by the mice community he lives in. A nice human finds him and instead of killing him, puts him in the new, large and scary world outside. He is scared and alone in a whole new world. He meets these field mice and learns that they are completely different than the mice he lived with his entire life. He learns to fend for himself and finds a new peace in his life. He creates new friendships with mice that he used to think were disgusting and realizes what life is really about.
Genre: Fantasy
Review: For the first Library Explore Assignment, I went to Powell's and this was one of the books I discovered that I had mentioned. I ended up buying this book for my little sister, but before I gave it to her, I read it. I have read her book, "Homecoming", and loved her writing so I couldn't resist reading another one of her books. This book would be great in the classroom because a lot of children go through similar things like switching schools or moving cities. It's one of those things that is hard to adapt to at first, but always turns out well in the end.
  mroque | Jun 6, 2014 |
I really loved this book. Fredle is an engaging character who grows from a timid kitchen mouse to an adventurer and learns about "the outside", friendship, family, and beauty. ( )
  Tina_Ervin | Jun 3, 2014 |
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2011: Award-winning author Cynthia Voigt's brave little mouse, Fredle, embarks on a remarkable journey of self discovery after he is pushed out of the house and must go it alone in the great outdoors. Fredle's whole world is new and its strangeness is both terrifying and thrilling. With courage and the help of some field mice, Fredle quickly learns that he is capable of adapting to his new circumstances and relishes the beauty of the stars, the taste of water from a blade of grass, and his freedom. When Fredle makes his way back into the house, he has learned to see opportunity instead of challenges and realizes he has his own definition of home.--Seira Wilson

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Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.

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