Winter is coming, so the field mice are working hard to gather food corn, nuts, wheat and straw. All except Frederick. Instead of gathering food, Frederick sits pensively, gathering sun rays, colors, and words for dark winter days. Winter arrives, and Frederick does have something to contribute he is a poet! Charming construction paper-style illustrations grace the pages of this Caldecott Honor Book. Instructions for making your own paper mouse are included in the back. By Leo Lionni. 32 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
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 their spirits during the darkest winter days. Frederick's story will warm readers as well in this Caldecott Honor winning fable.