Frederick By Leo Lionni

We are huge fans of Leo Lionni in this house and Frederick and His Friends is a compilation of four great stories: Frederick, Swimmy, Fish is Fish, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. 3 of these stories won the Caldecott prize But the story of Frederick is our fave. I take ages to turn the pages as I love admiring the masterly collage illustrations. Such a quirky little tale of the poet field mouse who doesn’t prepare for winter by gathering food and straw like his siblings, but stocks up on sunlight, colors and words. He even leads the other mice through a guided meditation when they run out of food. A nice message about the importance of what it is that artists contribute to society.