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The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
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Sep 27, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

Critique- Picture Book/ Wordless/ Caldecott Winner

This is an illustrated adaption of the Aesop Fable of a surprising animal pair, a lion and a mouse, showing kindness to one and other in times of need. A.) The illustrator does a beautiful job of portraying realistic style images through the watercolor media. B.) The illustrations are vibrant, detailed, and fill the pages of the book. This assists in creating the illusion that we the reader are right there with the characters, experiencing their challenges. C.) One example of this is the picture of the lion caught in the net and the mouse has just arrived to help him. The illustrator has made the image a close up on both animals, and it feels as if we are dangling next to them watching. The use of the whole page to depict the image and close proximity the characters faces helps to establish this effect.

This book would be for young readers (from below PK to 1st Grade). It could be used in conjunction with a lesson on animals, continents, environment, challenges, and friendship.

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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue I'd like to encourage you to think about how you would use many of these picture books and wordless books with older children. Often they work well with a writing lesson for example - there's been some discussion about this book requiring some prior knowledge of the story which would be more likely with an older audience.

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