Fredrick – Leo Lionni

All the field mice work to set aside supplies for the long cold winter.  That is, all the mice except Fredrick. The others ask Fredrick what he is doing and he replies, he is collecting sun rays, colours and words for the long winter.  When the supplies run low in the winter time, the mice come to Fredrick to ask for his contribution.  He reminds them of the summer time and helps them feel warm and happy.
Jan. 22 2007 (5)Rating ✓ #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 #3 #4 (Not acceptable)

Interest Level: 1-3 Reading Level: 2

Curriculum Area: Language Arts

Themes/Topics: winter, summer, fall, stories, community, friendship, contributions, special skills and abilities

This book would be suitable for ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials

✓ Read-Aloud (Gr.) 1-3

Fredrick Lesson Plans



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4 responses to “Fredrick – Leo Lionni

  1. I read “Frederick” today (and so googled…); you really have gone into Leo Lionni in a big way!

    What I like about this book, apart from the simple, satisfying illustrations, and pared down story – is how in such a crystaline form it shows the importance and power of the arts. OK, they don’t necessarily put wheat in the larder, but the colours and words help through the cold winter.

    • We were working on a school project so I read as many of them as I could to prepare. The unit went very well so it was worth the research.

      I agree hard work and cold cash may make the world go round but story and art give it all meaning.

      • The sort of thing I do (I teach what we call”Year 1″ over here, 5 and 6 year-olds). We might explore an author for a while and look at their books in depth. Anthony Browne for instance, or David McKee.

        I liked Frederick so much. Are the others as good as that? Which is your favourite? And which did the children respond to best?

      • Susan Ens Funk

        The kids liked Little Blue and Little Yellow, Swimmy, and Six Crows. We thought Alexander an the wind up mouse and Matthew’s dream made good teaching tools for visualizing and thinking about creating our own pictures.

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