Lio Lionni’s FREDERICK

Chicago Children's Theatre
Chicago Children's Theatre's FREDERICK

This Caldecott Award-winning picture book by Leo Lionni comes to life as a clever and colorful virtual puppet show gently narrated by Michael Shannon, a founder of Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre and star of films like Shape of Water, Revolutionary Road, and Boardwalk Empire.

Generations of children have loved the picture book, “Frederick” since it was first published in 1967. It’s the simple tale of a family of field mice who work together all through summer and autumn getting ready for the long, cold winter. It’s difficult to work, but as long as they all pull their weight they should be ready. However, one field mouse, Frederick, doesn’t seem to be helping at all. The other mice think he is lazy and daydreaming his days away. But when winter arrives, it’s Frederick who has a special surprise in store that helps them survive until spring dawns again.

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