The Lion & The Mouse

  • Title: The Lion & The Mouse
  • Author: Jerry Pinkney
  • Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication year: 2009
  • Brief Summary: From Little, Brown and Company-“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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I liked this version of an old Aesop fable and I think this version could be used in the classroom as children learn the “traditional” folk tales. I found this great discussion guide from Hachette Book Group to use with children after they have read this.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I was intrigued about reading this book when it was mentioned in class. I loved Pinkney’s choice of using onomatopoeia instead of words for this book. I think it allows children the opportunity to think about the story they are seeing and to make their own assumptions.

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