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Frederick's Fables : A Treasury of 16…

Frederick's Fables : A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories

by Leo Lionni

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Series: Leo Lionni's Little Mice

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One of my favourite and most-read books as as child. Like Aesop's fables, but weirder... ( )
  somethingbrighter | Sep 11, 2018 |
Amazing introduction. Poetic & provocative. For example, as a youngster, hanging about museums & watching the copyists, he 'discovered the creative delights of craftsmanship, and the pleasure of recognizing the solidity of one's lonely self in the midst of a crowd.'

And of course the illustrations are amazing, too. The stories, well, let's just say some aren't as strong as others. And different readers will agree with the sentiments differently. Best shared in a small group and discussed, one at a time.

My 14 yo read some (he's got a cold and can't concentrate on his own books - he says An Extraordinary Egg is cute. I agree it'w one of the better ones.

Note - this collection needs must compress, so much artwork from the independent books is lost. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A collection of fables for young children
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
We've been reading through this collection. It's truly great to find all these stories together in one book and it's a great chance to get an overview of Lionni's illustrations and the different techniques he applies to different stories. Caveat: Many illustrations are missing in this compendium, and sometimes the missing illustrations are pretty critical for the story. For instance in Frederick, there is no picture of the big stonewall the mice are living in. Sometimes the text directly refers to something in the missing picture, and I found my son repeatedly wanting to turn the page looking for some item described in the text, only to find the end of the story. So, your favorite stories might be worth seeking out in the original version, with complete illustrations.

Some of the stories are wonderfully philosophical, they really are fables: part fairy tale, part parable, more often than not do they include some lesson to be learned, but you can ponder on them and discuss the meaning, because it's not being shoved down your throat. (Well, [b:The Biggest House in the World|114295|The Biggest House in the World|Leo Lionni|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320396560s/114295.jpg|110056] might be the exception.) My personal favorites are [b:Frederick|1307531|Frederick|Leo Lionni|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320405543s/1307531.jpg|1920769], [b:Fish is Fish|513828|Fish is Fish|Leo Lionni|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320425506s/513828.jpg|56648], [b:Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse|197442|Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse|Leo Lionni|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320551595s/197442.jpg|1155445] and [b:Swimmy|114308|Swimmy|Leo Lionni|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348474037s/114308.jpg|2857646].

There exists a more recent version of this collection, that contains a couple more stories (see [b:Frederick's Fables : A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories|114298|Frederick's Fables A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories|Leo Lionni|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1223645427s/114298.jpg|3027859]) ( )
  Fjola | Oct 17, 2013 |
A collection of Leo Lionni stories. Many I remember from my childhood: Frederick, Alexander & the Wind-up Mouse, Swimmy, Six Crows, and many more. ( )
  CChristophersen | Nov 6, 2009 |
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Reprint of works originally published 1960-1994 with a new introduction and three added stories.
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Frederick --
Fish is fish --
Alexander and the wind-up mouse --
The biggest house in the world --
Geraldine, the music mouse --
Tico and the golden wings --
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In the rabbitgarden --
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A color of his own --
The greentail mouse --
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Matthew's dream --
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679888268, Hardcover)

When award-winning author and illustrator Leo Lionni was young, he answered the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with a thoroughly unique reply: "The bell of the trolley car." He continued taking the nontraditional approach to life, writing his first children's book at age 50. Since then, he has written 39 more books, 16 of which appear (partially illustrated) in this lovely treasury, which includes a personal introduction by the author. The collection features such enduring, endearing favorites as Frederick, Fish Is Fish, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Cornelius, Swimmy, A Color of His Own, and Six Crows. The texts are included in their unabridged forms, illustrated by a representative selection of Lionni's ever playful watercolors and bold paper cutouts.

In his introduction, Lionni notes an affinity with the titular character from the Caldecott Honor recipient Swimmy. In this uplifting tale of ichthyic teamwork, a school of tiny fish swims in formation to look like a large, formidable predator. "I'll be the eye," Swimmy volunteers. Indeed, Lionni has "been the eye" for countless delighted children, translating his astute social vision into meaningful stories and beautiful illustrations featuring field mice, crocodiles, frogs, and chameleons. To have a sampling of so many of Lionni's enchanting creations together in one book is truly a gift--you'll be as happy as we are that he didn't pursue the trolley-bell thing. (Ages 4 to 8) --Brangien Davis

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A collection of fourteen of Lionni's previously published books, presented in the same format.

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