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The Lion and the Rat

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One day a rat walks by accident right in front of a big, fierce lion. But the lion is feeling generous today. He lets the rat escape. In return, the rat promises to repay him for his kindness. But what can the little rat do to help the mighty King of the Jungle?
(paperback reissue of ISBN 0-19-272167-4)
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 20th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1987)
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I feel like I've read this story before but could not recall the name of the story. I'm glad I found it.
This version of the classic story is beautifully illustrated! While I didn't read from the book for a peace-themed program for Spanish and bilingual story times, I told the story with puppets. I used this story to teach children that friends come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, and that all people have different gifts and strengths.
This timeless fable reminds us that great kindness can come from the small, and that patience and persistence trump power and might.
Rhiannon Valle
Beautiful illustrations with a great moral to the story.
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