Pinkney retells the well-known Aesop's fable of the lion and the mouse, although he keeps the text to a minimum and lets his STUNNING illustrations tell the story.
Pinkney retains to the basic storyline of a lion who graciously allows a captured mouse to escape, only to then be rescued by that same mouse when he gets caught in a trapper's net.
story may be familiar, but
this book definitely belongs at the top of the year's Caldecott Award
winners list. Pinkney's illustrations are lush, detailed, and full of
interesting perspectives that are used to great effect, like
close up shots of the
lion's face. STUNNING! School Library Journal rightly promises that "the lack of
words... allows for a slower, subtle, and ultimately more satisfying
read." And, of course, the moral of this
fable--that no good deed goes unrewarded--is a timeless message
that all kids need to hear!
Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade
This book won a number of prestigious children's book awards, including the following:
* Caldecott Medal for 2010
* Horn Book Awards Honor Book 2010
* New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2010
* School Library Journal Best Children's Books of 2009
Teachers: This book is a natural for a compare/contrast activity. Read this book aloud to your kids, and then read Jerry Pinkney's retelling in Aesop's Fables (details here). Of course, there are other retellings that can be used as well. Or...the website Learning to Give has a nice lesson on reciprocity and the idea of kind deeds being rewarded using this book. For a full write up of the lesson plan, please visit this page on the Learning to Give website.
We LOVE Jerry Pinkney's illustrations. They are so stunning in actual size!
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