A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that children will relate to Frederick's spirit in this heartwarming story. The artwork is unique and energetic.
Is It Any Good?
Children will appreciate what Frederick teaches his family in this book -- that there is more to life than the basics of food, water, and shelter. And the tale makes kids happy, not only because Frederick contributes something to his family during their hard times but also because the mice don't reject Frederick just because he didn't store any "thing" for the winter. They share their food, he shares stories of warmth and color -- everyone contributes.
Collages of different textures and mediums are used to create the pictures of the field-mouse family. You can almost see the individual kernels of corn on a corncob, while the first snow looks fluffy -- and even cold!
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