The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is a beautiful retelling of the well-known Aesop's fable of the lion and the mouse. However, in this book Pinkney keeps the text to a minimum and lets his STUNNING illustrations tell the story. Through the illustrations, this book 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!
Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade
* 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
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 Aesop's fable--that no good deed goes unrewarded--is a timeless message that all kids need to hear!
We LOVE Jerry Pinkney's illustrations. They are so stunning in actual size!
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. 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.