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The Lion & the Mouse (2009)

by Jerry Pinkney

Other authors: Aesop

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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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Independent Reading Level: Grades 2nd grade
Awards: Caldecott Medal (2010)
  Mathews_mallory | Nov 26, 2023 |
After encountering excerpts of the art in this book during a class, I had to pick it up. The cover all but begs you to open it up and enjoy the illustrations inside. This book is a nearly wordless telling of the story of the lion and the mouse. Each page is absolutely stunning with detailed illustrations that capture your attention as you move through the book. In fact, I had to go through this book two times in a row, once to see the story and once to stop and enjoy each of the illustrations on their own. This book is a classic that should be part of any library. I look forward to using it to help students write and tell stories in English. I know the illustrations will captivate them and some will be familiar with the story, making it an excellent option for small group collaborative writing practice. ( )
  merrisam | Jul 26, 2023 |
Nearly wordless picture book depicting the fable "The Lion and the Mouse". Vivid illustrations, which show emotion in both of the main characters. Any words inside are onomatopoeias, such as squeak, rattle, and who (owl). Recommended for any age, as younger students will enjoy the pictures and reinforcing print concepts while older students will enjoy seeing the images and relating them to a familiar story. ( )
  christined73 | Jul 2, 2023 |
IRL: K-3rd grade
Caldecott Medal
  Erin.Phillips | May 4, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades Pre-K-3
Awards: Caldecott Medal Award (2010)
  KayleeWhitley | May 2, 2023 |
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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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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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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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