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Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt
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Apr 18, 11

bookshelves: adventure, jfic, fromthelibrary
Read in April, 2011

Fredle, much like fellow literary mouse Despereaux, is not as timid as the rest of his mouse community. He asks questions that infuriate his mouse elders who give him answers like, "Because that is the way we do things." One night, smelling an amazing smell, he eats some chocolate which makes him sick and gets him kicked out the nest. The author remains true to natural laws in that cats really eat mice and mice really do kick each other out of the nest for being feeble or ill, with the notable exception of cats, dogs, mice and other animals being able to speak.

As you can imagine, Fredle's journey is not an easy one. During the journey, however, Fredle learns a great deal. He learns words like moon, stars, porch, chickens and flowers. He learns that not all mice live the same way. He learns that Raccoons wash their food before they eat it. He learns that he doesn't know everything and how to be humble.

The trickiest part of recommending this book is the mix of young, tender feelings like Fredle experiences and the length of the book. Fans of Charlotte's Web would likely enjoy it and it might also be best as a read-aloud told over numerous sittings.

Enjoyable, but so far, not overly memorable.
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Laurel interesting point about how MCs are defined as "not timid." It's be neat to see an animal book where a "shyer than usual" lion (or whatever) saves the day.


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