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The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Lion & the Mouse (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Jerry Pinkney

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Title:The Lion & the Mouse
Authors:Jerry Pinkney
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2009), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Juvenile Fiction, Caldecott, Aesops's Fable, friendship, courage, reciprocal relationship, persistence, Serengeti wildlife, interconnected ecosystem, pen and ink with watercolor, wordless picture book, big heart

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The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (2009)



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The Lion and the Mouse won the Caldecott Medal. It is a wordless picture book.

This Aesop fable tells the tale of a mouse who disturbs a lion from his rest, but the lion does not eat the mouse. Then later on, the mouse saves the lion from a poacher's trap.

The story line is easy to know without words, which is why this tale works very well as a wordless picture book.

The illustrations are amazing in this book. They really help tell the story.
  izzymcdizzy | Mar 30, 2014 |
This was a really fun book to read, even though there were no words. The main message is that if you help someone, that person might be able to help you one day when you least expect it. One of the reasons I liked this book is simply because there are no words. I think this gives kids the opportunity to really focus on the pictures and maybe draw their own conclusions on what the think the animals might be saying. It is also good because children who don't know how to read can still look at this book without an adult and understand the meaning. The second reason I liked this book is because of the close up drawings. For example, on one page it shows the mouse in a field, but it looks as if you are in the field as tiny as the mouse too. I really like when books kind of envelop the reader and bring them into the story. ( )
  jperro2 | Mar 28, 2014 |
This expressive retelling of the classic fable contains beautiful and dynamic illustrations that children can "read" on their own without knowing the few words scattered throughout. Adults nad children of all ages will glean some form of value or enjoyment from this tale. ( )
  LibbyHopfauf | Mar 18, 2014 |
Watercolor and pencil command attention as the wordless story of a mouse and a lion who make a deal to help each other. Animal sounds and some silly bits help alleviate and contrast the drama. This is a great classroom book that might involve class participation/storytelling. ( )
  jordan70 | Mar 17, 2014 |
Pinkney has created a wordless version of the classic tale, The Lion and the Mouse. He has created beautiful illustrations in watercolors that tell the tale all on their own. The Lion gets awoken by a mouse climbing on him and the mouse pleads to be let free. The lion agrees and later the mouse returns to help free the Lion from a hunter's net.
  Colbi | Mar 16, 2014 |
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To my first great-granddaughter, Zion McKenzie Noel and to all things that squeal, purr, roar, hoot, screech, bark, meow, chirp, and neigh. – J.P.
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(A)s an adult, I've come to to appreciate how both animals are equally large at heart: the courageous mouse, and lion who must rise above his beastly nature to set his small prey free.
Since most retellings of the classic are sparse in text, a wordless version seemed quite natural; yet these engaging characters led me to make the story even fuller by providing a sense of family and setting.
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Well, first the artwork is amazing. The story flows seemlessly through each page and from the facial expressions and body language of the characters, you can tell what they are thinking. The color on each page is striking. If I were to use this in a class of older students I could talk about foreshadowing and character transformation as the lion makes a decision of kindness to release the mouse, and then the mouse comes back to free the lion. A great book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316013560, Hardcover)

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

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In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.

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