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Young Fredle (Davis Farm #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  761 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Cynthia Voigt crafts a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home--all through the eyes of an affable and worried little mouse. Fredle is an earnest young fellow suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets--into the outside. It's a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers an ...more
Audiobook, 5 pages
Published 2011 by Recorded Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Dec 01, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Young Fredle/ Cynthia Voigt/ 2011

Genre: Animal Fiction

Format: Book on CD

Summary: Fredle is an earnest young fellow suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets—into the outside. It's a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons and a different sort of mouse (field mice, they're called) not entirely trustworthy. Do the dangers outweigh the thrill of discovery? Fredle's quest to get back inside soon becom
Mar 04, 2012 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"If you will have only one chance, you want to make it the best it can be."

Young Fredle, P. 163

I don't know if I can think of a single author whose writing is truly wiser than that of Cynthia Voigt. Louisa May Alcott, maybe? Joseph Krumgold? Elizabeth Yates? E.L. Konigsburg? Walter Dean Myers? Jacqueline Woodson? It's probably only accurate, though, to say that these great authors are capable of equaling, at times, the wisdom shone forth by Cynthia Voigt in her novels. We are lucky to have s
Aug 08, 2011 Nancee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Fredle is an adventurous house mouse. He joins with his cousin one night to explore a part of the pantry they have never been allowed to explore. And they find a package of lusciousness -- the outside is dark brown and sweet and the inside is white, cool and yummy. Only later do the two mice discover that something in the candy doesn't agree with mice. And they both know what happens to mice who are not healthy or fast enough. They get shoved out of the nest and are "went." The missus takes pity ...more
This was my 17th book for the YALSA Best Books reading challenge. It was also nice to read listen to this audio because it was for the younger end of the teen/tween readers. So many of the award winners for YALSA are older. And I enjoyed the change of this book being for the tween audience.

Young Fredle (rhymes with metal) is a mouse that lives on a wooden shelf behind the pantry. There are strict rules that need to be followed in order to keep all the mice safe. You must be quiet during the day.
Jan 08, 2015 Laurel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been avoiding writing this review, because... well, I didn't love this book. And I can't on earth figure out how that's possible. I love soft, episodic mg books. I love Voigt about as well as any author in the world. But somehow, nothing ever seemed to happen to Fredl.

The writing is, naturally, perfect. Line by line I wanted to eat the book. The fourth star is for the language of the book. The word-by-word moments. The "went" and the "Woo-ha" and so forth. But the story never took off in a
Ardea Smith
Oct 27, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: Young Fredle/Cynthia Voigt/2011

Genre: Fiction

Format: E-Book

Plot summary: 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.

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: Mice who are injured or extremely old and require help gather food are pushed out of the nest and left to die. This process is called "went".

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Lisa Nagel
Feb 02, 2011 Lisa Nagel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ages 9 and up. I agree that the writing style may not appeal to all young readers, but those that stay with this sweet and simple story will be rewarded. When Fredle, the house mouse is pushed out of the nest, he suddenly finds himself in the completely foreign world of the "outside." Fredle not only finds the courage to survive in this new world, but he finds he actually is enjoying himself. He meets all sorts of new creatures and sees all sorts of beautiful things, like the moon, stars and flo ...more
Rene Kirkpatrick
Mar 29, 2012 Rene Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 8 and up
Very sweet, a little slow to start, but a very exciting book about a house mouse exiled to the outdoors when he gets sick and may endanger the rest of the mouse family. Great emotions in this book. Fredle is overwhelmingly lonesome when he is sent away and it is obvious how much he misses his family.

Fredle, curious, adventurous, is sent out of the nest he's lived in his whole life. The mom in the house finds him and puts him outside. Fredle is a house mouse and has never been outside, or on his
Jan 19, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fredle, a young mouse living with his family in the pantry of a farmhouse, finds himself in the unfamiliar world of "outside." Here, he finds new friends in unlikely suspects, a new sense of self and self-confidence, and a new definition of the idea of home. I loved the way this book was told, very convincingly, from the perspective of a mouse. What it reminded me of is that each person has such a unique view of the world in which we live and that view is shaped by our experiences. However, we c ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Listening to the audio. The narrator has a good reading voice. Cute story. Jacob loved the part when fredle meets the raccoons.
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 ...more
May 10, 2015 Jorge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
"Young Fredle" is a personified animal fantasy written by Newbery medalist, Cynthia Voigt. The story is centered around Fredle, a young mouse who takes the reader on an adventure of discovering the world outside the kitchen pantry that he is so fond of. Throughout the book, Voigt does a great job in depicting the ups and downs Fredle goes through; from being homesick and lonely, to the joys of discovering a whole new world unknown to his family and friends. What I really enjoyed out of this chap ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book about a young mouse who learns to challenge the way things have always been done. Fredle makes valuable discoveries and learns new and better ways of doing things. He thrives, rather than just surviving. This would make a wonderful read aloud with many lessons for the listeners including how to deal with change in productive ways and to not fear the unknown, but cautiously explore it. He learns that "others are not always right and they are not always wrong; they didn't ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
I still view any mouse in my house as an interloper whose life if forfeit. But there is such a good message in this book - do you view change like Fredle did, and use it as an opportunity for growth, or do you see it like his cousin Axel, and close yourself off to possibility. From my perspective, I am going to remember disc 5 and I am going to appreciate the moon and the stars and how they light our world and the sun and the flowers. What a great book to read as spring is coming!
Jul 08, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, bea-2015
The Odyssey with mice.
Home for Fredle the house mouse is at times a dangerous place and makes for a hardscrabble life, but it is also familiar and comfortable in its routine. For the most part Fredle is content, but he sometimes does wonder about what else is out there. He finds out sooner than he might have liked when he is forced out of his home and if forced to make a life out in the wild open. Fredle has many scary and exhilarating adventures Outside, but he never forgets his ulti
Feb 08, 2014 Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the book. There is alot of wisdom here, great characters, and I found myself sucked down in Young Fredle's world.

I don't think gets will hanker down all the insights this book offers, like the Narnia books, but the teachers and parents who read them will. It makes me want to go back and read Charlotte's Web again as an adult and see if Wilbur has something for me at 40 plus.

My favorite character was Sadie, who was so earnest and naive and.. well dog-like. Brilliant characterizatio
Jun 05, 2012 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
But to be fair, i did just finish a YA book about religious cults before reading Fredle,so I may give it another chance someday.
Joan Marie
Jan 26, 2016 Joan Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mouse-eye-view of the world, its challenges and joys. Fredle, kicked out of his nest because he is ill, Fredle is doomed to be "went", never to be seen again. but Fredle is rescued by Missus who carries him outside, he survives the dangers of raptors, raccoons, dogs and eventually finds his way back to the basement and up to the kitchen to the nest in the wall where he was born. Only to leave by choice, taking his grandfather and some of the mouselets with him who wuld oherwise end up as " ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nccba-2013
Young Fredle is a house mouse, a kitchen mouse, and he knows exactly how to live in that environment: where to find food and how to stay safe. But when he gets sick, he is pushed out of his nest and taken Outside by a human. There he faces a tumult of emotions: fear, loneliness, anxiety, and wonder. He meets a variety of inhabitants of the Outside, each of whom are friendly, misleading, and/or dangerous. He learns about phenomena he never knew existed: the variety of lights in the nighttime sky, ...more
Fredle is a pantry mouse. All he knows is the pantry and the kitchen where they scavenge for food. One day he and his cousin Axle find a tasty treat and gorge themselves on the chocolate and cream. Little do they know that chocolate is bad for mice and they get sick. A sick mouse is not a useful mouse and his family sends him out of the pantry. Missus discovers him in the kitchen and throws him outside. Outside he discovers a whole new world and new experiences. He meets the field mice who help ...more
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Jun 17, 2013 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Fredle is the sweet, almost wistful story of a naive but adventurous young mouse who is forced to leave the "safe" environs of the kitchen where he's grown up, and who has to learn how to survive "outside," amongst barn cats, snakes, and raccoons, but also amongst the moon, stars, flowers, and trees he's never before seen. Fredle's curiosity and his concern for others always set him apart from the other mice around him, who are very rule- and tradition-bound: as we discover in the book, ea ...more
Aug 10, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt, illustrated by Louise Yates is a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home, told through the eyes of an affable, earnest, worried little mouse. When Fredle is cast out of his nest (after getting sick eating chocolate), and ends up outside, he discovers an amazing world of textures, light and colors that comes with snakes, raccoons, rain, lawnmowers and slightly untrustworthy field mice. Fredle's quest to return to his inside nest becomes an advent ...more
May 07, 2011 Caitlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens
If I could, I would rate this book 2.5 stars. I think I had high expectations for this one, and unfortunately, the story just did not measure up. Fredle the mouse's adventure is cute, but the plot and writing style lacked energy somehow...I never found myself 'hooked' by the story.

Fredle and his family are kitchen mice, and they live by certain rules. One unfortunate day, Fredle breaks one of the rules and is pushed out of the nest. He winds up alone in a new and wondrous place: outside. The sto
Danica Midlil
An excellent cozy little mouse book. However, this surprising book also dealt with some hefty themes. Fredle discovers that mice fear everything they do not understand. He has grown up hearing horrible stories told about those vicious mice who live in the cellar or outside. When circumstance creates the opportunity for Fredle to visit these different places, he finds mice very much like him who also know only about their own environment and people and fear all else, including HIM, to his astonis ...more
This book sort of straddles the two worlds of children's fiction and young adult, and the reluctance to choose one or the other robs it of any effectiveness. The subject matter is decidedly children's: the title character is a kitchen mouse who falls ill after devouring a Peppermint Patty; the members of his family then "push [him] out to went" as is the custom with sick mice. The farm family that lives in the house then transfer the sick mouse out of doors and the remainder of the book details ...more
Mary Kate
May 25, 2011 Mary Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When he becomes ill after eating too much chocolate, Fredle, a young mouse, is pushed out of his family's cozy nest and thrust into a world he has never imagined. While fearful and sometimes terrified, Fredle is also drawn to the beauty of the larger world and the experiences to be had there.

Cythia Voigt's Young Fredle, the first of her books that I've read, appealed to me much more than I expected it to and on a number of levels. The writing style feels fresh, different, new, the characters ar
I cannot begin to express how wonderful the audiobook of Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt is. This is the story of Fredle (rhymes with peddle), a young mouse with a penchant for snacks. After eating too much pepermint patty, Fredle gets sick and is pushed out of the family nest behind the pantry. From there, he is swept out the door by "Mrs." and his adventures begin. This story is simple, hilarious and endearing. Fredle learns about freedom, the stars, and that sometimes your parents don't know ev ...more
Young Fredle
There are times in everyone’s life, where all that we know is shaken by events either outside of our control or choices we’ve made. In Cynthia Voigt’s charming novel Young Fredle, a little house mouse makes a seemingly small mistake that changes the course of his life forever. Fredle, along with his friend Axle find and devour a peppermint patty. Shortly after, they both become extremely ill, and as do all mice who become injured or sick, Fredle is tossed out of his home and left to
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Cynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.

Angus and Sadie: the Sequoyah Book Award (given by readers in Oklahoma), 2008
The Katahdin Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Anne V. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995
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