Leo Lionni’s classic Frederick is a heart warming tale about the importance of words and beauty. Although his fellow mice are storing up food for winter, Frederick soaks in the colours and sunshine around him for winter is gray, and his wise poet’s mind knows the mice will need these memories of warmth.
Follow Frederick’s example by going outside and gathering words. Take clipboards or journals and have students gather sounds, colours, images and scents. Save these words for writer’s workshop or poetry day.