Frederick and His Friends

Four Favorite Fables

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.


“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