What’s In Your Child’s Bookcase Wordy Wednesday: FREDERICK

Striped Field Mouse

Image by Sergey Yeliseev via Flickr

One of my favorite children’s picture book authors and illustrators is Leo Lionni.

His stories get to the heart of the challenges and concerns that young children face and his bold yet simple illustrations bring his characters to life.

FREDERICK is one of the four books that are part of the SHOW ME HOW Story-time Program at the local schools here in Colorado Springs.  Each time I’ve read the story, the kindergarten and Pre-K children are eager to listen and then discuss the events in the book and relate them to their own lives. 


Written and illustrated by Leo Lionni

During the fall, a mouse family scurries around to collect seeds and nuts for the winter.  One mouse, however, does not seem to be doing anything except daydreaming.  Frederick explains that he is collecting sunshine, colors and words…but his family believe he is just trying to avoid the hard work.  When winter comes and the long cold days and nights seem endless, Frederick entertains his family and lifts their spirits by reciting the poetry he composed while the other mice were collecting seeds and nuts.

Each one of us has special gifts and, as parents, we need to recognize and encourage our children’s strengths and talents.  Sometimes this is very difficult, especially if your child does not enjoy doing what the rest of the family likes to do.

For example, most of the members of a family might love participating in all kinds of sporting activities, but one child in the family does not, preferring to draw or play a musical instrument.  In a situation like this, it is even more essential for the parents to provide opportunities for that child to develop his own gifts and pursue his particular interests.

Just 15 minutes a day, reading a picture book story, will help build YOUR child’s self-esteem, develop pre-literacy skills and create a life-long parent-child bond.  If you are looking for a resource that will make choosing a picture book a snap, please visit my website where you can purchase a copy of SHOW ME HOW!  The book has just received the KIDLUTIONS PREFERRED PRODUCT AWARD: http://kidlutionsppa.blogspot.com/2011/04/show-me-how-build-your-childs-self.html and, as you can imagine, I am thrilled!

I’ll be at the Covered Treasures Bookstore in Monument, CO on Sunday, April 10th from 2-3:30 and I hope everyone local to that area will stop in to say hello!  There will be a Book Fair and book signing which benefits the Tri-Lakes Community Preschool Tuition Assistance Program and if you need any details, you can go to www.coveredtreasures.com.  Come on over and spend a lovely afternoon in Monument and support early childhood education!

Another reminder…Tuesday, April 12th, my blog will be hosting the book blog tour of Max, the Dog.  You can visit http://readwithmax.com/blogbooktour.html for information about where Max has already been and where he will be going for the next few weeks.  There are prizes to be won for those who follow the tour so please check it out.    

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on April 6, 2011, in children, children's picture books, contests, Daycare Providers, families, parenting, Positive Parental Participation, Preschool Teachers, preschoolers, reading to preschoolers, Teamwork, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Enjoyed that synopsis. Thanks, Vivian.


  2. Adorable pictures and, you know, as much as I don’t like mice, I always loved stories with them as characters. Cute. 8)


    • Isn’t it interesting…I think most people feel that way…I know I do. 🙂 Just think of all of the cartoon characters that are mice…Mickey Mouse, Jerry of Tom and Jerry, etc…and we love them…but see a little mouse scurrying in your kitchen…YIKES!!!!
      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


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