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Frederick (1963)

by Leo Lionni

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Good book for teaching Main Idea and Theme. Main Idea - One mouse does not help prepare for the winter. Instead he stares at the sky, soaks up the sun and daydreams. When the group runs out of food, he warms them with the rays of sun, colors, and words he has "collected". Theme - Spirit. Author's message - Simple things can help you survive hard times. ( )
  shaberstroh | Sep 22, 2014 |
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This book is about a family of field mic gathering supplies for winter. All except one, Fredrick, soaked in the sun rays, colors of the earth, and all the words around him. As winter moved on and the supplies ran low, the other mice asked Fredrick about his supplies. He warmed them with his sun rays, showed him the different colors and entertained them with some poetry

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I enjoyed reading this book. I love winter and learning how differently animals prepare for the season's arrival. It's a simple book for all children to understand and enjoy.

Classroom Extensions:
1. You can have the class close their eyes and describe what the different seasons look like to them.
2. The book describes winter as shades of gray, the class can draw a picture of what winter looks to them using what colors they see when winter is around.
  CRHamm | Sep 1, 2014 |
Lionni's illustrations in this book are great. I love the collage and how this can be a great activity for kids to replicate. This is a good story to teach kids how every individual brings something to the table, however different their approach may be.
  hugo.johnson | Jul 25, 2014 |
Frederick is a dreamer. While the other mice are collecting food for the long cold winter, Frederick collects words, colors, and warmth to share. ( )
  Tina_Ervin | Jun 3, 2014 |
Fredrick is an awesome book about friendship. It shows students how to use descriptive words within their writing. I like how Fredrick is able to help his friends with his daydreams and make it through the winter.
  nicholew | May 31, 2014 |
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Rondom de weide waar koeien graasden en de paarden draafden, stond een muur van oude , oude stenen.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394826140, Paperback)

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.

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Better Beginnings Favourite Authors. While the other mice work hard to store food, Frederick the mouse thinks and dreams so that he can lift everyone's spirits during the long cold winter days. Includes simple related craft activity. 2-5 yrs.

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