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The Lion and the Mouse

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  12,653 ratings  ·  1,586 reviews
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
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
Goodness gracious, this is a book that can't just sit on a shelf in a bookstore. Try walking past can't, for the magnificent water colours simply jump right at you.

This book is a silent movie on paper. The tale "do unto others" is told by art only. Your children will want to turn the pages themselves so they can see the great maned lion and the pesky little mouse work things out.

And once your child is done, take the book and stand it up on your bookshelf with cover front-and-center, fo
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,
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.
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
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
“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
I thought this book was going to a simple story of "The Lion and the Mouse" except Jerry Pinkney did the creative thinking and used pictures and sound to write the story. Don't get me wrong it is the same story from Aesop's Fables but I fell in love with this story simply by the illustrations.

The illustrations brought the animals to life and the use of colors and the way it is drawn just left me utterly speechless how this book is a children's story. He drew words to create the sound of wind or
Bryanna Johnson
In this story readers follow a small mouse and its bravery in assisting a larger ferocious lion as a repayment of debt. In this story a small mouse mistakenly stumbles upon a lion, this lion had just so happened to feel pretty generous that day and allowed the mouse to leave to its family. Later on some hunters set up a net trap that of which the lion finds himself trapped in. The mouse hears the commotion and goes to the lion's aid, after which scavenging some string to take back to its family. ...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!
The Library Lady
The art is gorgeous and Pinkney is bound to be in the Caldecott running for this one.
On the other hand, to be my usual cranky self--and this is why I won't give it more than 3 stars--I always find that adults kvell over wordless picture books a lot more than kids do.
And as expressive as the art here is--and it's very--kids who don't know the Aesop fable are going to need some sort of explanation of the plot in order to really get what's going on here.
Jerry Pinkney's Caldecott winner, The Lion and the Mouse, is a beautiful, wordless, rendition of Aesop's traditional fable. A humble mouse finds its way into the hands of a lion. In an uncharacteristic act of kindness, the lion releases the mouse, who is then able to return to its nest full of babies. Meanwhile, the lion is captured by poachers and his fierce roar of frustration and fear is heard by mouse. Remembering the lion's act of kindness, the mouse is able to chew through the rope and fre ...more
Adriana Villagomez
Have you ever thought that as long as you do good, good will be done back to you? Well that is what happens in this story. The Lion and the Mouse is one of Aesop’s fables. In this version, there are no words, only pictures, that guide the imagination. The main characters are the lion and the mouse. As in the original fable, the mouse accidentally wakes up a lion and is caught in his grasp. The lion graciously releases the mouse from his grasp, only to be saved from a poacher’s trap by the very s ...more
Perfect. Don't miss the extra illustrations on endpapers and title page. Animals can't talk, so those in the fable couldn't really have bargained - but Pinkney makes the story plausible without words.
There is more to this story than mercy and friendship....look deeper.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The illustrations are breathtaking in the wordless book. My original plan for story time was to read a traditional version of this Aesop's fable, and then pull this book out next and have members of my audience help me tell the story…my audience was small and young, so I used this book instead and just ad-libbed the fable. This version has it all: the fierce, majestic lion and a tiny, beautifully drawn mouse, hunters, a snare, and a promise kept. In this version the mouse scurries back to a nest ...more
Megan Anderson
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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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