Leo Lionni (1910-1999) (1967),
Four little field mice are busy collecting corn and wheat and hay to prepare for the cold winter coming – but one is not! Frederick spends his days collecting the rays of the sun, soaking in the colors of the meadow, and storing up words to share later. Once winter does come, the family of mice runs through their other supplies quickly and soon they are cold and hungry. Frederick steps up and reminds them all of the warm sunlight, bright pops of color from the flowers, and even restores their spirits with a poem.