Over 50 years old and a Caldecott Honor book, Frederick is a beautiful, classic story. Frederick sits on the old stonewall while his brothers gather food for the winter.
“Why don’t you work, Frederick?”
“I do work. I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days.”
While the mice continue to collect, Frederick gathers words and colors.
During winter’s long cold days, supplies become depleted. Frederick keeps his brothers warm and happy with his colors and words. Frederick is a poet.
This book promotes imagination, wonder and perspective.
AUTHOR: Leo Lionni
ILLUSTRATOR: Leo Lionni
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967
AGE GROUP: 3-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective
1) Which colors remind you of each season (spring, fall, winter and summer)? Using those colors, create an expressive art picture that expresses the feeling of one of the seasons.
Here is an example of expressive art.
2) Gather colors for a rainy like Frederick did in the story. Write a poem about your rainy day.
3) Design a card for a friend using the illustrative style of Leo Lionni.
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