Frederick and His Friends: Four Favorite Fables

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Here in one sumptuous collection are four timeless picture book classics by Leo Lionni: Frederick, Swimmy, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, and Fish Is Fish. In this volume, meet Frederick, the poet field mouse whose happy memories help his family endure through the darkest days of winter; Swimmy, the imaginative minnow who uses his small size in a big way; Alexander, the mouse who learns the magic of friendship; and a fish who discovers that life in a small pond isn’t so bad ...
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Overview

Here in one sumptuous collection are four timeless picture book classics by Leo Lionni: Frederick, Swimmy, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, and Fish Is Fish. In this volume, meet Frederick, the poet field mouse whose happy memories help his family endure through the darkest days of winter; Swimmy, the imaginative minnow who uses his small size in a big way; Alexander, the mouse who learns the magic of friendship; and a fish who discovers that life in a small pond isn’t so bad after all.

Lionni’s complete texts and illustrations are included along with an introduction from Eric Carle and a CD reading in this elegant, inviting gift edition.

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Editorial Reviews

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Four classic tales from author Leo Lionni are now together, in this charming keepsake collection that includes readings on CD. Following a note of appreciation from friend and author Eric Carle, Lionni's beloved Frederick starts readers off, followed by Swimmy, Fish Is Fish, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Adding playful background music to Lionni's gentle words, the CD includes readings of the four stories, letting children's imaginations bring these memorable characters to life. A heartwarming book that introduces Lionni's stunning work to a new group of readers -- and reaffirms his talent to those already in the know -- Frederick and His Friends is one collection that's an essential for any child's shelf.
From the Publisher
“Frederick—the title character of this warm-hearted, graphically adventurous picture-book treasury—is a mouse. But he’s a dreamer as well and could be any thoughtful child you may happen to know.” —Parenting Magazine

“[Lionni] transforms each page into a drama of singular beauty, with the audience holding its breath as scene after scene unfolds across the stage. . . . the audience responds in joyous applause. And so will you.” —Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

“A childhood is simply not complete without the fables of Leo Lionni. . . . Here are four of his best.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

Children's Literature
Fables do not belong only to Aesop. In fact, children in grades K-2 are probably better acquainted with Leo Lionni than Aesop, though their stories bear many similarities. Four of Lionni's best-known fables are gathered together in this volume, which is accompanied by a CD. Frederick tells the story of a little mouse that watches while his friends prepare for winter. But Frederick is not sitting around aimlessly; he is gathering things like the colors that make up an afternoon and the words to describe it. Frederick makes it clear that there is more to life than the essentials. It is not juts the stomach that needs to be fed. Swimmy tells the story of a small fish that must constantly avoid the bigger fishes so that he does not get eaten. It is only when he convinces the other small fishes that swimming together in a school will protect all of them, do they live in peace. Sometimes working together provides the answer. Fish becomes jealous of tadpole when he changes into a frog in Fish Is Fish. His tales of the outside world captivate Fish who finally jumps out of the pond so that he can see the world too. Frog helps him back into the water where he can breathe and it is only then that Fish realizes that his world has lots to offer, if he will only look. Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is another story about appreciating who you are and not wanting to be someone else. The wind-up toy is the favorite toy of a little girl and Alexander, the mouse, wants to be changed into a wind-up toy so he can be cherished as well. But when the little girl discards her wind-up toy, Alexander is happy to be who he is. 2002, Knopf,
— Joan Kindig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375822995
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2002
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 472,665
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 11.03 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

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. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.
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