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4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,345 Ratings  ·  352 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 31 pages
Published 1967 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Mar 27, 2016 Eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought I knew where this story was headed and then was totally surprised! Frederick and his family live in a rock wall near an abandoned barn. While Frederick’s counterparts spend the seasons gathering food in preparation for the hard winter, Frederick spends his days not working. I loved the illustrations and verse throughout.

Written in 1967, Frederick won the Caldecott Honor award, and Lionni himself was awarded with both the Graphic Arts Gold Medal in 1984, and the Society of Illustrators
Meghan Chiampa
Jun 12, 2008 Meghan Chiampa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stoners
Recommended to Meghan by: jesus
This is the best book in the entire history of planet earth. not only are the pictures of little paper mice awesome the story is about a little lazy mouse who keeps getting yelled at because he sleeps and just sits there all day. but he is day dreaming and then the mice are like WTF frederick, get your ass up and help, and he's like, no way, im collecting colors for the winters are grey. then in the end all the food is gone and frederick recites poetry and saves everyones life. BEST BOOK EVER.
Lately, I have been re-reading many children’s books that I have not read since I was a child and “Frederick” is one of those books I have not read for awhile! “Frederick” is a Caldecott Honor book by Leo Lionni and it is about a laid back mouse named Frederick who seems to get out of his duties of preparing food for the winter, but ends up hiding an extraordinary secret!. “Frederick” is definitely a children’s book that children who love reading about poets cannot resist!

Wow! I was really impre
A story about five field mice & their winter preparations.

Four of the mice prepare in a traditional manner, gathering food stuffs and whatnots.

Frederick prepares in a very alternative manner.

However, I can't help but feeling that Frederick is a bit lazy.

But, I'm sure the moral of the story is that we need more than shelter and food stuffs to nourish our bodies and souls during cold (or difficult) times.

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Oct 27, 2011 Eli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So the story goes that you have 5 mice. Four of them work their little mousey tuchas' off to gather enough food to eat for the winter and enough hay to keep warm. Frederick sits on his butt and does jack. When the other mice confront Fredrick, he tells them that he is collecting colors for the dreary winter days or that he is collecting words.

So the winter comes and the other mice are generous enough to let Frederick eat their food and keep warm due to their collective gathering. Towards the en
Jul 31, 2012 Dolly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You read correctly. The book with the cute little poetic mouse holding a flower is maybe the only book to which I would give a one star review. This was on the recommended reading list for my four year old and I read it to him, excited because all the books on the list were so good. I'll have to start screening the picture books from now. This story is about a mouse who daydreams and writes poems while the other 4 mice in his small community gather nuts and straw for the winter. When the are all ...more
Micah Elliott
Jan 05, 2009 Micah Elliott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is delightful for the kids, Frederick really inspires YOU!

I'm adding this review for the impact it has had on me as an entrepreneur, idea generator, and casual writer. I think Lionni wrote this book autobiographically as someone who was often focused on less tangible work (absorbing and imagining). While so many laborers around us do the "real work", we spend our time not conforming to the traditions: we generate free content, feedback, software, bug reports, etc., and to many
Akemi G
There are days I want to retreat to my pillow-and-blanket fort. I tend to like picture books on those regressions, either colorful cookbooks or cute children's books. And this book fell into my basket at the library. I was sure I read it before, but that didn't matter.

I like it. I was going to put 4 stars because I felt it lacked a bit of--how can I say it--a punch. But after reading other reviews, I am giving 5 stars to support the book's "morals" or what some people call the lack thereof.

**** Caldecott Honor (1968) ****

nice little story about a seemingly lazy mouse who uses unique ingenuity to keep he ans his fellow field mice warm during the winter.
Courtney Dyer
While the other field mice work the summer away gathering food for winter, Frederick sits on a rock by himself gathering the sun’s rays, colors, and words for the cold, dark, and long winter days that lie ahead. When all of the food has run out, Frederick’s “supplies” and poetic words warm the mice and bring them comfort.

Frederick is a truly inspirational story about the power of imagination that is sure to capture the heart of its readers, young and old alike. Receiving the Caldecott Honor Awar
joanna Sondheim
One of my favorite children's books. Frederick sits and daydreams all day while the rest of his mouse family is busy collecting fruits and nuts for the coming winter. When they ask him what he's doing just sitting there, he answers that he's busy collecting colors or words for when there are none. Finally the winter comes and the rest of the mice are feeling down because of the dreary weather, and Frederick is called upon to give them some of what he'd been collecting all that time. He tells the ...more
This story is going to be my go-to every time someone accuses me of being lazy:

"Jeremy? Why aren't you helping us lift this dresser onto the moving truck? You should at least do SOMETHING!"

"I am doing something--I am absorbing colours into my memory and composing a sonnet in my head."

"Oh dear, Jeremy's trying to Frederick his way outta work again!"

Jan 13, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Lili
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
My niece and I both loved Frederick! When Frederick was telling his siblings to close their eyes and imagine the sun and the colors, my niece took his suggestions to heart. We live in the grey Pacific Northwest, so we totally identified with what cloudy, colorless winters are like! With her eyes closed, a little smile came onto my niece's face and she said, "Mmmm... I *can* feel the sun! And the colors *are* beautiful!" We both smiled at the end of the story, and agreed that it's a pretty great ...more
Fucking lazy ass Frederick pretends to be self-invested in poetry, and wisdom. His words enlighten and comfort the other rats in cave in the midst of winter lacks of food and warmth as an excuse of doing nothing (literally nothing, only whining and being so poetic dumb ass) while his other rats were working their ass off to gather food and prepare for the shelter because they are less smart than the fucking poet named Frederick is. So unrealistic and morally relapsed.

This book smells like a pol
Feb 14, 2014 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Frederic is possibly the first book that ever disturbed me. My first grade teacher read it to us one afternoon. I was a child who had grown up on such stories as The Little Red Hen ('You didn't help me harvest the grain; you didn't help me bake the bread; you will not help me eat the bread.') and even at that age, I believed in the power of hard work (or at least the necessity of it.)

Frederic is a story about a family of mice who prepares for the winter by gathering various supplies, all of the
Dec 08, 2015 Yiovana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story because it is based on a little mouse who seems to not help his family stock up for the long winter they have awaiting them. They all ask Frederic what he is doing to help and he always replies with different answers that do not really make sense. Winter comes and the mice begin to eat all of the food until one day there is no food left and they ask Frederic for what he collected while they were working. Frederic begins by telling them to close their eyes and picture wa ...more
3.5 out of 5
It's like "The Ant and the Grasshopper" fable, except the "grasshopper" turns out to be right. Hmm...
In any case, I am not a huge fan of construction paper illustrations, but I loved these :)
The story is cute, but the moral is flawed to me.

I think the book would have worked better for me if one of the mouse (a leader mouse?) was able to foresee that they wouldn't have enough food/warmth to last through their winter if they don't start saving on it, which gives an opportunity for Frederick to share his harvest. Thus, with combination of limited food sources and their ~+*imagination*+~ the entire family of mouse made it through the winter together. I don't buy the idea that people (or
Jan 28, 2012 L12_markmesserly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This simple fable involves a mouse, Frederick, and four other unnamed members of his family. They live in an old stone wall, near an abandoned farm. As winter approaches, four of the mice work hard gathering food for their survival. Frederick gathers survival materials of a completely unexpected, unusual nature, providing a wonderful twist to this popular fable.

The Kindle edition re-creates print versions, featuring Lionni’s simple, beautiful collages. Illustrations clearly support the text, wit
Heather Copp
Mar 05, 2011 Heather Copp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frederick is the story of a mouse who spends his days observing the scenery, the sounds, the smells of the world around him as his family collects food in preparation for the long cold winter...As winter arrives, the family of mice retreat to their hideout in a stonewall, where they share food and stories. However as winter progresses and the food runs short, the mice become sad and withdrawn. Frederick shares with his family tales of the wonderful scenery, warm sun, colorful flowers and more th ...more
Erin Everts
This is a cute story about a little mouse that did not help his family gather food for the winter. Instead he gathered his own "supplies" which consisted of the warmth of the sun, the colors of the world around them, and words to fill the silence. At the time his family does not appreciate that he is not helping them gather food, but once they see what he contributes to their winter hibernation, they appreciate him much more.
Jon Gustafson
Feb 09, 2016 Jon Gustafson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple and beautifully illustrated book about Frederick the mouse who does not help his fellow mice prepare and gather food for winter because he is a poet who instead captures sunlight and colors. The colors are bold splotches that show the changing seasons. Frederick's body language shows how he is separate from his community. Yet the book resolves with Frederick reading a poem to his fellow mice, which shows that all community members bring value.
Nov 05, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read several books by Leo Lionni and can appreciate his skill with both writing and illustrating stories. We compare his works with those of Eric Carle and Tomie dePaola. This is an interesting tale about skills and needs. While other mice are busy foraging for winter provisions, Frederick is storing up his words to be able to entertain the group throughout the long, cold, gray winter. While this skill might not be appreciated by many industrious societies, it seems to work here. We enjoye ...more
3* art
2* story

I like the varying opinions about this book! I'm with the people who think the mouse could help a little and be a poet/artist. Not that Squirt cares. He was a little bored, actually. (But he's 3. Only adults get excited about these kind of things.)
Robert Marsh
Aug 13, 2010 Robert Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a writer today because of this book. I remember reading this as a kid, seeing Frederick soak in the sun and colors around him while the other mice toiled away. I instantly realized -- that's the job for me! That's not being lazy. That's using your head. Besides, its Frederick who saves the mice colony in the end. When they run out of supplies, it's Frederick's words that help carry them through to Spring.

Great book. Great story. Great author and illustrator. Get this book for any budding ar
Oct 04, 2009 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just happened to pick this up at the thrift store today for my 3 yr old. I skimmed the first few pages and thought that the illustrations (and content) looked great. My assumption was that this was a book about a little mouse who didn't help get ready for winter - and would then suffer SOME repercussions for his selfish/lazy actions.

Nope - it was all about how he was an artsy slacker who everyone came to appreciate when they were starving in the dead of winter. What kind of lesson is this book
Feb 14, 2016 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet book! Everyone has something different to contribute! :)
Apr 27, 2016 997997 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book won the Caldecott honor book. It mainly told that there is a five mice that they work hard day and night in order to get enough food for winter. But Frederick do not do anything, when others asked what does he do? He just said he gathers color, words, and rays of sun for winter. At the beginning, the mice family live very happy, they provide sufficient food for themselves, but little by little, the food ate very quickly, and when the very cold day come, there is nearly no food for them ...more
Jess Zerr
Feb 04, 2016 Jess Zerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book, Frederick, the introverted mouse is preparing for winter with his mice family members. Though his family members are busy storing food and supplies, Frederick is doing the opposite. He is looking at the sun, soaking in the sun, listening to all the words for when they run out of stuff to say and much more. His family feels frustration towards Frederick because he isn't working the same. But when they need him, he helps get them through the winter. He shares his thoughts of how beaut ...more
El alquimista del tedio .
En 2009 la editorial Kalandraka decidió reeditar este clásico juvenil que estaba agotado. Se tradujo nuevamente, ahora por Xosé M. González Barreiro. La traducción anterior era obra de Ana María Matute.

El álbum es breve pero intenso. Es una adaptación de la fábula La cigarra y la hormiga.

Mientras cuatro ratones ante el advenimiento del invierno comienzan a trabajar duramente día y noche haciendo acopio de alimentos: maíz, nueces, trigo, uno de ellos, Frederick permanece tumbado a la bartola. Un
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Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner--for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

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