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The Lion and the Mouse by Bernadette Watts

The Lion and the Mouse

by Bernadette Watts, Aesop

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This tale shows the relationship between a lion and a mouse and teaches a lesson to the reader. The mouse by accidentally wakes the lion. The lion lets the mouse go and in return when the lion gets trapped by a netting the mouse returns to save him. The mouse proves his size doesn't matter and he can indeed save the big lion. Giving and getting is a lesson to be learned.
  Danielle_Rumsky | Dec 12, 2012 |
I rated this book a four because The Lion and the Mouse is a classic Aesop tale that teaches children about friendship and to not judge someone. Children can learn from this book that just because you are small you can do mighty things. Also, not to undermine the smaller, younger ones because you may just need them one day. This book is a classic lesson that children need to hear and would enjoy reading. It could be used to teach a lesson to school aged children. ( )
1 vote ChelseaGriffin | Oct 11, 2012 |
This is a classic Aesop tale with a moral that children and adults alike should take to heart. The illustrations are also delightful. I have added this to my own personal library and would tell this story to all ages.
  lhendrix9983 | Jul 7, 2012 |
Bernadette Watts' retelling of "The Lion and the Mouse" is an endearing variant of the original Aesop's Fable. The lion meets the mouse as a cub, and the reader is given a background to the King of the Jungle as he is growing up. The cub has a habit of being away from the rest of the pack, and has a regular, shady spot in the jungle in which he rests. One day, when the cub was taking his daily nap in the shade, the mouse scampers close to the cub, disturbing the cub from his slumber. The cub becomes angry, yet when he realizes that he was just awoken by a harmless, little mouse, he lets the mouse go. The mouse shows his gratitude by promising to repay the lion with kindness and that he will help the lion anytime he needs - which the cub thought was a ridiculous proposition as he was much stronger and bigger than the mouse.

As the years pass, the cub grows into the King of the Jungle and continues to sleep in his regular napping spot - and the mouse always makes sure to be out of the lion's way. One day, the lion is caught in a hunter's net and all of the animals were helpless to help him - except the mouse. The mouse chews a hole through the net and sets the lion free. The lion then shows his gratitude by promising to protect the mouse always, and the lion and the mouse become friends for life.

The enhancement to the original fable is very effective in engaging the reader. To have seen the lion as a cub and having the capacity to let the mouse go at that young ages evokes a sense of compassion in the reader when he is caught in the net years later. The modification in the plot adds value to the original moral of the story - not only can the small do great things for those greater and mightier than themselves, but a more encompassing message that small, kind deeds invested toward your fellow being can result in a rewarding friendship that lasts a lifetime. The storyline remains simple despite the variant, and stays true to the oral tradition with an animated narrative and dialogue. The illustrations use soft lines, vibrant colors, and rich detail creating an attractive setting to complement the story and its characters.

Perfect book for ages 5-9, discussion about friendship can be generated at all levels - from something as simple as, "what do friends do for each other," to a more abstract question as, "what does friendship or a great relationship mean?" ( )
  elainevbernal | Nov 9, 2011 |
The Lion and the Mouse is a short fable retold from Aesop's fables. It is about a lion, king of the jungle sparing the life of a mouse, tiny of the jungle. In return the mouse promises to help the lion if he is ever in trouble. Though the lion thinks that a mouse could never save him, he gets caught years later, and afterward the mouse frees him they become great friends.

I did not like this adaptation of Aesop's fables, but I did like the illustrations. The illustrations show the lion as adorable and playful. The moral of the story is still very clear, not to make fun of those weaker or smaller.

To help teach a sense of humility I would read this story and talk about why did the lion think he would never need help? I would also teach appreciation, that the mouse showed. It would be fun to make a lion of mouse which ever one they want to be more like. Instead of forcing them to be humble, give them a choice, plus at least the lion did come around.
  ShaynaRivera1 | Sep 19, 2009 |
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The lion was free! He stood before the mouse and bowed his head. "Thank you, little mouse," he said. "I will never again laugh at someone weaker or smaller than myself. To repay your kindness, I promise I will always protect you."
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"A gentle picture-book retelling with a slightly different twist. In this version

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A tiny mouse helps a mighty lion, who had once showed him mercy, escape from a trap.

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