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Mouse & Lion

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  92 reviews
From the illustrator of the classic edition of Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

On a ridge above the Kalihari,
Lion naps, until Mouse bumbles into him,
willy-nilly, startling him awake.
After a show of teeth, Lion is softened
by Mouse's pledge of loyalty
and sets him free.

When a cold moon brings a humbling lesson,
Lion comes to recognize
Mouse's keen skill, and deeper kindness.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Michael di Capua Books
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Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard of another retelling of this Aesop fable, I wondered what could be contributed that hadn't yet been done. When Rand Burkert and Nancy Ekholm Burkert combine their talents, the answer is - plenty!

Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, is a retelling of the classic Aesop's fable, set in the area between Namibia and Botswana.

While Lion naps on a ridge above the Kalihari, Mouse bumbles into him,
startling him awake. After a show of teeth and the rea
Allison Reilly
Nov 01, 2017 added it
Shelves: 21-30

This is a classic fable that has been told for hundreds of years. It begins with a lion sleeping and a mouse accidentally stepping on him because he thought he was a mountain. The lion laughs in his face and threatens to kill him. The mouse tells the lion that he may need him one day for help. Reluctantly, the lion frees the mouse laughing about how he would never need help form a feeble mouse. One day, the lion gets caught in a net and is in need of someone to get him down. The mouse com
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cheryl by: Michael Fitzgerald
(compare to Pinkney's Caldecott winner... same year?)

Ok, that was published two years earlier, recognized therefore just one year earlier and still fresh in the minds of the committee looking at this, I imagine.

That was much more intense. One can feel the heat of the climate, the power of the lion. This is almost as good, but more delicate. It has more personality, even some humor. But it has a lot of words, relatively speaking, and the other makes it clear that words are not necessary. I love t
Sarah Gross
Title: Mouse and Lion
Author: Rand Burkert
Illustrator: Nancy Eckholm Burkert
Genre: Fable
Theme(s): bravery, loyalty, hero, strength, good vs. evil,
Opening line/sentence: “One day, Mouse, hurrying home, lost his way on a rocky ridge.”
Brief Book Summary: A mouse accidentally mistakes a lion for a mountain and proceeds to climb over him when the lion wakes up and threatens to eat him. The mouse convinces the lion that he is brave and that he should not eat him, for one day he may need him. The li
Melissa O'Neill
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Fiction/Traditional Literature/ Fables/Picture Book

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In this retelling of the classic Aesop fable, Mouse scampers over a mountain that mistakenly turns out to be none other than Lion – who decides that Mouse may make a tasty morsel. Mouse thinks quickly and convinces Lion that he is a loyal and brave mouse and that Lion might need him someday. Lion agrees and send
Jessica Harrison
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, picture
Review via Cracking the Cover

Aesop’s fable about a mouse and lion is one of the most beloved and most retold stories, the most recent of note being Jerry Pinkney’s “The Lion & the Mouse,” which won the Caldecott Medal.

Now, another Caldecott honoree, artist Nancy Ekholm Burkert, has taken on this fable with the help of writer Rand Burkert.

Set on the continent of Africa, in a relatively unexplored area bordered Botswana and Namibia, the story of “Mouse & Lion” unfolds.

One day, as Mouse is
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it

Mouse and Lion is Rand Burkert’s retelling of Aesop’s famous fable. While hurrying home, small Mouse walks over what he believes to be a mountain. Instead it is a sleeping Lion who awakens angrily. Lion contemplates eating Mouse, but after Mouse shows his skills of jumping and a promise of loyalty, Lion lets Mouse go. A long while passes without any interaction between our two characters. One day Lion is caught in a human trap. Mouse finds him sad and defeated and, remembering his promise, Mouse
Robert Moushon
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Burkert, R., & Burkert, N. E. (2011). Mouse & lion. New York, NY : Scholastic.

Characters: The Mouse and the King Lion

Setting: The Kalahari Desert.

Themes: Favors, Humanity, Friendship

Genre: CSULB ETEC 545 Class 3, ETEC 545 Fable Story, Fables, Picture Book

Summary: In the Kalahari Desert, the Mouse scurries over what it thinks is a boulder, but turns out to be the back of the King Lion. He traps the Mouse and threatens his life, holding in his claws, dangling over his teeth. The Mouse, s
Gwen Martin
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
This book teaches a very good lesson to readers about bravery, gratitude and giving people a second chance. A mouse comes across a lion and disturbs him. The lion almost eats the mouse, but ends up letting him go free because the mouse says that he may be very helpful to the lion one day. It turns out, he is right.
"Mouse and Lion" is very well illustrated, with each picture being very realistic and lifelike. My favorite picture is of the sunset and a big tree right in the middle of it. This pic
Stephanie Koerner
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grade/interest level: preK-3rd
Reading level: 570L
Genre: Fable

Main Characters: Mouse and Lion
Setting: African wild
POV: Narrator

This book is an adaptation of an Aesop's Fable. In this book the two characters are a small mouse and a regal lion. In the introductory event, the mouse is first caught by the lion when he mistakes the lion for a mountain to climb over. The mouse talks his way out of being eaten by showing bravery and promising the king lion that he will someday be of service to t
Miss Clark
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A retelling of Aesop's The Lion and the Mouse. Very careful attention paid to the setting and animals. Very nice illustrations.
Gail LaVoie
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, is a retelling of the classic Aesop's fable, set in the area between Namibia and Botswana. The illustrations are absolutely stunning! They appear to all be done in colored pencil with painstaking detail on all of the animals. The lion for example, each hair in his mane is penciled in; the same for the mouse's fur. Nancy Ekholm Burkert is obviously an extremely talented artist. The story itself is one that is well known but th ...more
Rand Burkert’s Mouse & Lion is a rendition of Aesop’s The Lion and the Mouse. The story is about Mouse and Lion’s relationship in the Kalahari. Mouse accidentally bumps into Lion while he is napping and awakens him. Lion is very angry with Mouse, but sets him free after Mouse’s pledge of loyalty. Mouse ends up saving Lion, and Lion learns to appreciate Mouse’s keen skill and kindness.

Mouse & Lion displays several different characteristics of a traditional literature book. First, this bo
Laura Cantrell
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a story that will really tug at your heart strings. I love that the little guy saves the great King Lion and proves his worth in the kingdom. This seems cliché to me know, but I do think this is a great theme for children. They are smaller than adults, but that is not to mean that they have less worth than the rest of humanity in the kingdom. It has this hope for the readers and for all people who consider themselves the mice in the story. Also, for those readers who see themselves as th ...more
Taylor Hartman
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Copyright: 2011
Number of pages: 32
Book format: print
Reading level: pre-k-3; Lexile measure: AD570L
Genre: fiction
Lit requirement: fable

Mouse and Lion is a fable that tells the story of King Lion and the peasant Mouse. One day, Mouse scampers over King Lion as he mistakes him for a mountain. As he goes to eat Mouse, Mouse pleads and says that he may need his help sometime in the future. He lets Mouse go, but is certain he will not need his assistance. Years later, King Lion finds himself in a bind
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This classic Aesop fable is told with exceptional ease. The story focuses more on Mouse than other versions, even giving him top billing in the title. Mouse scampers right over Lion before he even realizes he is not a mountain. And as the tale goes, Lion grants Mouse a reprieve from being eaten and sends him on his way. In this story, Lion is captured in a hunter’s net and Mouse gnaws him free. Set in Africa, this story features a four-striped African grass mouse rather than the expected little ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
The title of this book lets readers know on whom the story's focus will be in this retelling of the classic Aesop's fable set in the area between Namibia and Botswana. A four-striped African grass mouse accidentally climbs over a lion because he thinks the slumbering beast is a mountain. Amused by the mouse's antics and personality, the Lion lets him go free. A year later, the Lion accidentally is ensnared in a net, and the Mouse uses his teeth to bite through the snare. In appreciation, the Lio ...more
Judy Desetti
Another tale of Aesop and the tale of how the animals can help each other and show compassion. Best for grades 2nd and up. It is a bit long for K-1. This one would be a nice pair to Pinkney's Lion and Mouse. I liked the retelling with a different twist to it. I enjoyed the end note about the author and illustrator going to Africa to do research and telling more about each of the animals and the setting of the story.

A good addition to my collection.

PW's Best Children's Books 2011

The Lion &
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I always thought the Mouse had the larger role in this story...although most titles reflect Royalty before Subjects...

The Mouse in this story has racing stripes -- it looks like a chipmunk -- but apparently "Rhahdomys pumilio" is an African species (you can visit a colony at the Bronx Zoo, if you are interested!). He shows a healthy respect/caution for the Lion (I like that he backs away without shaking or kissing the extended Royal's paw...)

Sure to be compared to Pinkney's Caldecott winning ver
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazingly beautiful retelling of Aesop's famous tale reminding us that even the smallest among us have value…The breathtaking, detailed illustrations are filled with authentic natural detail - in addition to wonderful, lifelike renderings of mouse and lion there are beautiful flowers, grasses, and even amazing rocks. The text is very readable and contains everyday language that even young kids will recognize and be able to identify with. This was a big hit with my story time audience, ...more
Megan Chonczynski
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story about how the lion is trying to get the mouse. The mouse almost gets eaten a couple of times, but the lion gets caught in a net. Though the mouse nibbles on the rope to help the lion. The illustrations are amazing because it shows the mouse biting on the rope in multiple ways (almost in a shadow) until it is broken and the lion is free. Through this the lion started to enjoy the small things in life. The ending illustration is where the lions face starts to fade and ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Scholastic
A visual feast for the eyes in the simple retelling of a beloved Aesop fable. The artwork is a thing of beauty, displaying the timeless talents of Nancy Ekholm Burkert, a style reminiscent of detailed animal sketches. Rand Burkert retools this story in away that is accessible for young readers, watching an unlikely friendship forge between a tiny mouse and a regal lion. Recommended for ages four and up.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
This is a gorgeous retelling of the classic Aesop fable. The illustrations and overall design are the highlight; finely-detailed colored pencil and watercolor pictures put us close-up to "King Lion" and the mouse and also zoom out to show the African landscape. Embellishments to the original text make sense and do not distract from the story. The moral is not included but implied.
I liked this retelling of Aesop's Lion and Mouse fable and the illustrations were nicely done. This story is good for showing children to appreciate the small things, to be kind to those that are smaller or seem "less" to them, and to never discount the talents of others. However, even with all this, the book didn't wow me and I'm not sure why I didn't like it more.
Chris Calzolaio
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent retelling of a classic fable ! The dialogue between the lion and mouse is realistic and dramatic. This version offers this great story to a new and young audience.

What I love most about this book are the amazing illustrations. The detail of the lion and mouse fur must have taken forever to create, but that effort certainly does not go unnoticed.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture_book, fable
I've seen many versions of this popular fable brought to life, but this is now one of my favorites. The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL, and the storytelling is very well done. I also love how the author chose to give the character of Mouse top-billing for a change, 'since he does the most work in the story.' :)
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A wonderful re-telling of the classic Aesop Fable- Lion & the Mouse story. I enjoyed this beautifully illustrated story, as Rand pays tribute to the courageous, little mouse. This story proves that no matter how big or little you are, you can do anything you set your mind to as long as you're brave enough to try.
Sara Sipos
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Another traditional telling of an old folk tale. The illustrations are well done and the font is easy to read. The lion and mouse have encounter resulting n the lion letting the mouse free when the mouse vows to help the lion when he needs him. Eventually the lion is in need of the mouse and the mouse comes to his rescue.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Pinkney's The Lion and the Mouse is still my favorite, but this is a beautiful book too and a bit easier to read aloud than Pinkney's wordless book. The illustrations are very quiet and subdued--there's a lot of white space in this book, which is nice because it makes you notice how beautiful the paper is. You'll love feeling the texture of the paper too. It feels very rich.
Cat Fithian
I once heard this tale told by Diane Ferlatte, a great storyteller, and have told it myself. It's a little different than what I've told, but that is part of the delight of old, old tales. This telling is solid, not too many words and soft, pretty illustrations. I would have given it higher stars if it had been more lilting prose, or a more engaging read-aloud: repetitive text perhaps?
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