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The Lion and the Mouse

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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...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jackie "the Librarian"
The picture on the endpages is my favorite in the book, but as I can't find that on online, I present instead this one, which I also love:

This is a really wonderful wordless telling of the Aesop's fable, with the lion and the mouse both depicted with real character, and humor.
I love Jerry Pinkney's watercolors, and the way he populates his pictures not just with the title characters, but a delightful assortment of animals from the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya, where he set his tellin...more
How trustworthy do you find a reviewer who loves a particular author’s work, praises it regularly, and then reviews that writer's next book with predictable kisses, cheers, and thrown rose petals? I admit that I am usually that exact reviewing type. If I like someone’s work, I’m more likely to review that same person in the future. That’s just how the game goes. But for once, I think I should point out that a positive review is all the MORE impressive when it comes from someone who not usually a...more
What more can be said about Pinkney's award-winning (and justifiably so) gem of a wordless story? Personally, I think it is beautifully portrayed--I love the African savanna setting, and the expressions of the lion and the mouse tell the story perfectly.
Lisa Vegan
Jan 25, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody who appreciates beautiful picture books; Aesop’s Fables fans
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is an absolutely gorgeous book. It’s one of the most beautifully illustrated picture books I’ve read.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book that much, given that I like Aesop’s Fables but they’ve never been my very favorite tales, but this wordless version is phenomenal. It’s also rather graphic, especially when the lion gets caught in the poacher’s trap. This author/illustrator’s reverence for animals really comes through in this book.

The book had me riveted from the wordless cover,...more
Mar 16, 2010 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ann by: Kathryn :)
This is an almost entirely wordless book. The only words are "sounds" - and owl hooting, the mouse squeaking, etc. The illustrations are simply lovely and I was amazed that Pinkney could convey the emotion he did while still managing to keep the animals looking "real."

I wasn't familiar with this version of the fable, and don't want to spoil it for anyone else. Let me simply say that it isn't a thorn in the paw this time.

I especially enjoyed the author's note, where Pinkney says that he was, as...more
Joanna Marple
Opening Lines:

Who Who Whooo


While the book does begin with an owl hooting, and we have occasional onomatopoeic animal sounds, this is an almost wordless rendition of one of Aesop’s most well-known fables. The scene- The African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya. A wee small mouse escapes the claws of a hungry owl, only to find herself trapped within the paw of a huge lion. The lion releases the mouse on a whim. Unfortunately the lion’s progress is short-lived as it falls prey to poachers...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Beautiful, beautiful! I didn't expect this book to be wordless, but Pinkney does a fine job of telling this traditional fable, set in Africa, clearly and with style. He truly deserved the Caldecott Award he won with this one! Even the endpapers tell part of the story. The detail and the color in the pictures made me want to gaze at each one for several minutes, so it took me a while to get through the book. Those mice are so cute! Outstanding! Highly recommended!
This picture book is a modern day twist on the classic story from Aesop's fables that depicts the unexpected relationship between two contrasting characters, a mouse and lion.

Curriculum connection: The Lion and the Mouse is an excellent book to use in a kindergarten setting where students are excited about putting their own words to a story. This book could be introduced in a lesson where students are required to make predictions about what may happen next in a narrative. The teacher would stop...more
“The Lion and the Mouse” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by the wonderful Jerry Pinkney that is about how a bold lion realizes that the smallest creature can be a big help when he is trapped in a predicament that he cannot get out of. “The Lion and the Mouse” is a brilliant retelling of the classic Aesop fable that children will read over and over again.

Jerry Pinkney’s illustrations alone retell the story of a popular Aesop fable, since there are no words in this book to tell the readers...more
I have never read this book before, but after reading this in the library, it became another one of my favorite children's books. It is an actual picture book without any words, which made me enjoy it even more because it made me really concentrate on the photos instead of the text. It also made me really think about what the storyline behind this was, which has never happened before. After finishing the book, I realized that the storyline behind this book was about a mouse who takes refuge on a...more
I like this book’s retelling of the rather well know Aesop fable “The Lion and the Mouse”. Instead of words however the story is made up of pictures with the occasional animal sound. I like how the cover of the book suggest this story is told in pictures by having a picture of the lion and the mouse side by side with an “&” in between them. If you look at the pictures this story actually begins and ends on the inside covers. I like that this version of the story adds a family for both the li...more
A dazzling visual version of the classic Aesop Fable, "The Lion and the Mouse" by Jerry Pinkney is sure to captivate both young and intermediate readers regardless of their prior knowledge about this story. When the reader first examines the physical book, he/she is quick to note the simple, unique book cover--no title other than on the spine of the book but it includes an illustration of the lion that covers the expanse of the front cover with a large mouse on the back. Pinkney creates an updat...more
Genre: Picturebook (wordles)

Summary: The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney, retells a classic Aesop's fable that depicts the story of a lion who catches a mouse to eat and decides to let her go. The mouse ends up returning the favor when she helps the lion escape from a poaching trap.

Critique: (A) Illustrations
(B & C) The illustrations in this book are used to fully tell the story of The Lion and the Mouse, and they do just that. The illustrations are of such great detail, that no words...more
Summary: 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...more
This Caldecott Medal winner is entirely wordless except for animal sounds such as the lion roaring or the mouse squeaking. On one page there is also the putt-putt of the poachers' jeep.

The illustrations here are, of course, amazing! They tell the story in such an expressive way. I especially love the many expressions on both the lion's face and the mouse's face throughout the story. I'm sure it's no accident that we don't see the faces of the human poachers.

Pinkney mentions in his Artist's Note...more
Christina Basso
This book is a wordless book based on a classic story of The Lion and the Mouse written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Since it is a wordless book, most of the book is inferring through the pictures. In this story there is a little mouse that is prancing through the jungle passing different animal along the way and then not knowingly running on top of the king of jungle’s back, the lion. The lion grabbed the mouse and told him how dare you wake me I am the king. The mouse begged for the lion...more
This wordless picture book is absolutely beautiful. The water color and colored pencil illustrations are overwhelmingly gorgeous and left me in awe. This book retells Aesop's fable of The Lion and the Mouse. There is no cover title, however on the font cover there is a close-up illustration of the lion and on the back cover there is a close-up illustration of the mouse. Hence the title, The Lion and the Mouse.

The illustrations tell a story of a mouse who was caught by a lion, an animal known fo...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
The lion and the mouse. / Jerry Pinkney. / 2009.

Genre: Nonfiction: Folktales.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"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" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
unlikely friendships, rescue, African Serengeti, lion & mouse

Review citation:
"The ambiguity that results from t...more
This an amazing retelling of the famous fabel 'The Lion and the Mouse.' It's about a mouse who accidently disturbs a lion from his rest. The mouse negoitates with lion for her release after saying that an unworthy prey would hold no honour against the ferocious lion. The lion is won over and releases the mouse.
They later cross paths and the mouse remembers her debt, and releases the lion from the a poaches trap by gnawing on the rope.
A number of sayings comes to mind when i read this story- 'goo...more
The Lion and the Mouse/ Jerry Pinkney / 2009

Genre: Picture Book / Fable

Format: Book

Summary: The Lion & the Mouse is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Published in 2009, the book retells Aesop's fable of The Lion and the Mouse.

Considerations and Precautions: The only words in this book are for sound effects, there is not narrative voice. The illustrations are beautiful and fill the enter page. There is no need for words because the characters facial expressio...more
Megan Anderson
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Gorgeous illustrations! There was so much rich detail and color embedded into every page in this story. The different swirls and shapes made up vivid and realistic characters. This story had no text, but the pictures more then made up for the story. The illustrations of the little mouse were so well done that I felt like I knew his personality and some of his mannerisms - he was charming and cute. The lion was majestic and fierce. I thought this was a remarkable book and could envision myself re...more
I thought this book showed a good message to people of all ages. It shows that through tough times those who you thought wouldn't help you do in fact come around. In this story, the mouse who is trying to get away from danger ends up with a lion. Who had originally made plans to eat him,after some time the lion decides to let the mouse go. To return the favor for the lion letting go of the mouse, the mouse helps the lion who becomes trapped. Although the mouse is tiny compared to the big lion, h...more
This nearly wordless retelling of the Aesop Fable, set in the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya, won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished book of 2009. Jerry Pinkney richly deserves the award for his detailed watercolor, pencil, and colored pencil illustrations which enhance the original fable by adding a family for the courageous mouse and adding selective animal sounds. The glorious endpages set the story in context by picturing giraffe, zebra, elephant, and other animal famili...more
Caldecott Medal Winner.
Wordless Picture Book
Ages K-3
Pinkney’s beautiful watercolors capture the African Savannah in this retelling of Aesop’s fable. Pinkney has not been my favorite in the past, but here, from fur to landscape, his images are illuminated. The wordless narrative shifts between perspectives of the mouse and the lion, and eventually to all the birds and monkeys high in the trees as they watch while the lion is captured by poachers. The pair trades kindnesses throughout, extending e...more
Another book for the Caldecott Challenge, though given my recent obsession with Jerry Pinkney books, I would've read it sometime soon anyways. This book won the 2010 Caldecott Award and although I enjoyed "All the World," this book is so beautifully illustrated, it is no wonder that it won. Pinkney's books are literally works of art in and of themselves, and this book is no exception. I was surprised that this version of the Aesop fable was wordless, but the penciled and watercolored illustratio...more
This Caldecott award winning picture book is simply perfection. The lavish, bright and arresting illustrations that tell a beloved Aesop fable about a merciful lion enthrall the reader immediately. I loved how Pinkney used just sounds to add a touch of fun and action to the story. This is a must have for your picture book collection. This book is a wonderful illustration of how the humblest of us can make a difference, even to the most powerful.

Find it at Cuyahoga County Public Library: http://...more
It is very surprising how much you can get just from the illustrations even though it literally has no words to the story, I can tell exactly what is happening in the story just by the illustration. I think the lion and the mouse is a great book about adventure and friendship. This would be a great teaching tool not only for the pictures and to help the children understand the story by the pictures, but it also teaches friendship and loyalty. I would recommend this book to anyone, it teaches gre...more
Leigh Isley
The Lion & the Mouse is a wordless picture book about a Lion and a Mouse living in the African Serengeti. While the book does begin with an owl hooting, and we have occasional onomatopoeic animal sounds, this is an almost wordless rendition of one of Aesop’s most well-known fables. It starts with the Mouse accidentally awaking the Lion making him ever so mad. He picks up the little mouse by the tail and then lets him go. The little mouse runs home to his family and continues on in his everyd...more
Jerry Pinkeny recreates an old fable without any words, and the most beautiful, detailed illustrations. The cover alone is striking. He uses lots of gold and more than one type of medium- paint and pencil to do his illustrations. I could tell exactly what was going on, that the words were clearly not necessary, and that right there, stood out a great deal to me. Two characters define what it means to be friends. And although someone may appear to be mighty and strong, everyone needs someone they...more
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JERRY PINKNEY is one of children’s literature’s most time-honored artists. He has been illustrating children’s books for over 40 years and has more than 75 books to his credit. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honor books and the winner of the Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott K...more
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