The mouse family works hard in the summer and hoards food for the winter. Frederick, however, collects rays of sunshine, colors and words. As the long winter puts more and more pressure on the mice's spirits, Frederick is able to take out his treasures and brings summer into the cold cave in a grand entrance.
Leo Lionni's "Frederick" tells of the value of artistic work in a working society and of the power of this work to be a beneficial, if not vital, part of this society.
With suggestion:hammer, the children's book classic becomes a stage play, because Frederick's treasures are nothing less than the basic elements of theater: colors, light, words and sounds. With the help of the children, Frederick operates the theater machine and lets them become active and creative spectators themselves, who playfully get to know the means of the stage and thus create the theater together.
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