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FREDERICK

Author: Leo Lionni

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Publisher: Dragonfly Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: Frederick the mouse doesn't scurry around preparing for winter like the other field mice, but still has something to offer when the cold winds blow. This story will help youngsters (and adults) remember that everyting in life doesn't have to be practical! Art is important, too.

Type of Reading: bedtime story

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: read at 6 years old

Young Reader Reaction: He listened once, but was not interested in hearing it again. He thought it was "dumb."

Adult Reader Reaction: Daddy remembered this one from when HE was little, and was disappointed in the reaction.

Pros: Teaches that hard work on practical matters (laying in food for the winter) is important, but so is appreciating the aesthetic--Frederick is the one who tells the other mice stories of the warm grass and the blue skies in the depths of winter and feeds their souls, not their tummies.

Cons: I really don't know why this wasn't embraced--it's a warm story, but the six-year-old thought it was "dumb."

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least until you get a sense if YOUR six-year-old will like it.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BABY EINSTEIN: VAN GOGH'S WORLD OF COLORS (Baby Einstein Series)   WHEN WINTER COMES: A LULLABY   THE VERY BUSY SPIDER

Educational Themes: Aside from learning to plan ahead and work together, it's a nice story for valuing art in its many forms.

Notes: Caldecott award winner

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, life lessons, art, multicultural, poetry

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

Other Reviews: See series of Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at bn.com (Barnes & Noble) and borders.com.




                 

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