Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 5+

Activity Books & Early Learning Material, Picture Books

A family of field mice work day and night, gathering provisions for the coming winter. As they busily collect and store wheat, nuts and corn, they reproach Frederick for dreaming the lazy summer away.

But during the long cold winter, when all their stores have been used up, Frederick proves to his friends that he has done his share.


Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.


A book of great visual beauty and a lovely story.

The School Librarian

A story about the glory of the human spirit.

Bruno Bettelheim

Enchanting . . . Visually beautiful and with a very appealing story, this is a fabulous book to share with children.

The Bookseller

An excellent book. Well worth seeking out.


Beautifully told and effectively illustrated.


Frederick delivers a strong and moving message that spiritual resources are as valuable and needed as physical ones.


Charming collage illustrations complement this gentle country story


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