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Frederick   written by Leo Lionni  
where we make              a meadow                            wheat                               straw                     berries                 perriwinkles              poppies
wheat in to flour
All along the meadow where the cows grazed and the horses ran, there was an old stone . In that wall, not far from the barn and the granary, a chatty family of field mice had  home. But the farmers had moved away, the barn was abandoned and the granary stood empty. And since  was not far off, the little mice began to gather corn and nuts and wheat and straw. They all worked day and night..... all except Frederick.
"Frederick why don't you work?" they asked. "I do work," said Frederick. "I gather  for the cold, dark winter days."  And when they saw Frederick sitting there staring at the meadow, they said "and now Frederick?"
"I gather colors," answered Frederick simply, "for winter is grey."
And once, Frederick seemed half asleep. "Are you dreaming Frederick?" they asked reproachfully. But Frederick said "Oh no, I'm gathering , for the winter days are long and many." 
The winter days came and when the first snow fell the  little field mice took to their hideout in the stones. In the beginning, there was lots to eat and the mice told  of foolish foxes and silly cats. They were a happy family. But little by little they had nibbled up most of the nuts and berries. The straw was gone and the corn was only a memory. It was cold in the wall and no one felt like .
Then they remembered what Frederick had said about the sun rays and colors and words. "What about your supplies Frederick?" they asked. "Close your ," said Frederick. "Now I send you the rays of the sun. Do you feel how their golden glow...." And as Frederick spoke of the sun, the four little mice began to feel . Was it Fredericks voice? Was it magic?
"And how about the colors Frederick?" they asked anxiously. "Close your eyes again," Frederick said. And when he told them of the blue perriwinkles, the red poppies and the yellow wheat and the green leaves of the berry bush - they saw the colors as  as if they'd been painted in their minds.
"And the words Frederick?" Frederick cleared his throat and then as if from a stage, he said "Who scatters snowflakes? Who melts the ice?
Who spoils the weather? Who makes it ?
Who grows the four-leaf clovers in June?
Who dims the daylight? Who lights the ?
Four little mice who live in the sky, four little fieldmice like you and I.
Spring is first with April showers, summer next with fragrant .
Then comes fall with nuts and wheat and winter last with chilly feet.
Aren't we lucky the seasons are four?
Think of a year with one less, or one .
They cheered, "But Frederick," they said, "You're a poet!"
Frederick blushed, took a bow and said shyly " I know it."       
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