“From time to time, from the endless flow of our mental imagery, there emerges unexpectedly something that, vague though it may be, seems to carry the promise of a form, a meaning, and, more important, an irresistible poetic charge.”—Leo Lionni
Lionni launched his career as an author/illustrator of books for children in 1959. Originally developed from a story he had improvised for his grandchildren during a dull train ride, Little Blue and LittleYellow was the first of what is now a long list of children’s picture books, including four Caldecott Honor Books.
Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner—for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.
Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.
Leo Lionni lived in New York. Leo Lionni was born in 1910 and died in 1999.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Frederick (Spanish language)?
We are Frederick Sep 23, 2008
Although this book is delightful for the kids, Frederick really inspires YOU!
I'm adding this review for the impact it has had on me as an entrepreneur, idea generator, and casual writer. I think Lionni wrote this book autobiographically as someone who was often focused on less tangible work (absorbing and imagining). While so many laborers around us do the "real work", we spend our time not conforming to the traditions: we generate free content, feedback, software, bug reports, etc., and to many, those are intangibles. We leave traditional jobs to do things that many consider unimportant or even irresponsible wasting of time.
To the chagrin of his hard-working peers, Frederick gathered sunrays, colors, and words. Only much later did he make his profound contribution by translating those into uplifting stories. We should be confident that our creative and generous efforts today are worthwhile, and will collectively be what get us through the long, cold Winters ahead.
Whenever I need inspiration to persist at creative work, and justify my pursuits, I think of Frederick and know that my work is meaningful.
What a terrible message Aug 10, 2008
Just started buying books for my baby and came across this one. I know that arts are important to society, but that concept is probably a little abstract for a very young mind to grasp. The theme that sticks out most clearly is that you will be a hero if you slack off and mooch off everyone around you. This book will never be read to my kid if I have anything to say about it.
My Favorite Children's Book Apr 8, 2008
This book and its message have stayed with me into adulthood. As a somewhat, ahem, different child this book gave me hope and helped me feel that I had something to contribute.
Sentimental reading.... Feb 8, 2008
I read this book when I was about 8-years old and it has been in my memory since. I was an avid reader as a child and read many books, but Fredrick was special; I read this book over and over. This little field mouse spoke to me.
My children read my original hardcover book and now I have purchased the book as part of a friend's babyshower gift.
the Grasshopper wins Sep 17, 2007
My first grader brought this book home last week as a 'recommended read' and I think we might change schools if this is what they think is valuable to my child.
It starts out as the old 'ant vs. grasshopper' - except that Fred and his family are field mice. As the rest of the family works and scurries through the long hot summer gathering reserves for winter, Fred sits by and watches the clouds and comes up with excuses for being lazy (he's working - he's collecting colors, etc...)
As we near the end of the book, which takes place in winter, the family is running low on provisions - so they turn to Freddy and challenge him on the work he had done over the summer. Instead of the book being a lesson on working, it is a lesson on loafing - Freddy starts talking about colors and smells and so forth and the book ends with everybody thanking him for loafing all summer.
Sad as it is to say - Frederick is probably much more accurate than the Grasshopper and the Ant of my childhood: Fred is the 'artist' that cannot survive without a heaping helping of tax dollars from the NEA, the rest of the family are the working fools of the country who get taxed to death and see their efforts wasted on those too lazy to work.
this book sucks, unless you want to show your kids everything but the ending and explain to them that Frederick's family would have more food in the winter if he would have helped along the way.
horrible moral to this story - probably why it got rave reviews from the artsy group.