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The Lion and the Mouse

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  17,758 Ratings  ·  2,398 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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“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
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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
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GoldGato
Oct 04, 2011 GoldGato rated it it was amazing
Goodness gracious, this is a book that can't just sit on a shelf in a bookstore. Try walking past it...you 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
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Betsy
Jul 19, 2009 Betsy rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Vegan
Jan 18, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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,
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Kathryn
Mar 08, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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.
Ann
Mar 10, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
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
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Luann
Feb 03, 2010 Luann rated it it was amazing
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
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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!
Joanna Marple
Nov 09, 2013 Joanna Marple rated it it was amazing
Opening Lines:

Who Who Whooo

Synopsis:

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
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Adriana Villagomez
Jan 19, 2015 Adriana Villagomez rated it it was amazing
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
Erin
Oct 03, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 520-picturebook
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
Teeny
Mar 29, 2010 Teeny rated it liked it
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
Morgan
Apr 14, 2013 Morgan rated it it was amazing
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
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
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Matthew
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
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Andrea
Aug 31, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
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
Carolynne
Mar 01, 2010 Carolynne rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel
Aug 26, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Jan
Feb 17, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
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://
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The Library Lady
Oct 08, 2009 The Library Lady rated it liked it
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.
Robert
Apr 17, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it
Caldecott Medal (2010)

A splendid picture book relating Aesop's fable of The Lion and The Mouse. Deserving of the Caldecott for the highly detailed and rich watercolor illustrations. There is much to discover on each page, as the artwork is beautifully designed and rendered. 4/5 stars because the story itself, while classic, is not original.
Jorgina
Dec 22, 2014 Jorgina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fables
There is more to this story than mercy and friendship....look deeper.
Bailey Gulley
Title: The Lion and the Mouse
Author: Jerry Pinkney
Genre: Fable
Theme(s): Fable, folklore, stories without words
Opening line/sentence: Wordless

Brief Book Summary: In this wordless picture book, two unlikely animals are there to help each other out. At the beginning of the story, the mouse unknowingly climbs onto the lion’s back but instead of eating the mouse, the lion lets it go. Later on the lion is walking through the desert and steps onto a trap and is entangled in netting. The mouse comes
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Rose Gray
Apr 08, 2017 Rose Gray rated it it was amazing
Summary: The Lion and The Mouse is one of Aesop's fables. There are variants of the story, all of which demonstrate mutual dependence regardless of size or status. The tale by Jerry Pinkney illustrates a lion who has been woken from his sleep by a mouse turns angry. The mouse begs forgiveness and makes the point that he may be able to return the favor. The lion then agrees and sets the mouse free. Later, the lion is netted by hunters. Hearing it roar for help, the mouse makes a move that could s ...more
Esperanza
Apr 08, 2017 Esperanza rated it it was amazing
The story begins with the mouse being chased by an owl, it runs for a while until it thinks it is safe, but it was on a lion’s back. It seems as if the lion is about to eat it as he holds it up and the mouse cowers in fear, but to its surprise, the lion lets is go. She runs home to its babies, and the lion goes on his way.

The setting of this book is in the wild of the grasslands, this is shown by all the different animals, the lions, elephants, zebras, etc., that are only seen in this kind of se
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Elizabeth
Nov 13, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Caldecott book #1

This book has very few word but so much meaning. The pictures along with this book tell the whole story. This book is about how one little mouse and a big lion end up helping out one another. The fact that this the book is made up of a few word and some sounds and more pictures, the reader has the option to make up a story to what is happening in the story. I would most definitely have this book in my classroom library! Its appropriate for any age I believe and it's a fun book
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Jennifer Foeller
Mar 10, 2017 Jennifer Foeller rated it really liked it
A really beautiful wordless picture book. It makes sense that this book won the Caldecott, it was totally deserved. I like the departures even from the original Aesop where I believe the mouse extracted a thorn from the lion's paw. In this story, the lion is trapped in a net and the mouse chews him free.
Wordless stories aren't really my thing, but I keep running into them. This is a fairly nice one that I did enjoy.
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
Josh
Jan 21, 2017 Josh rated it really liked it
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is an adaption of a classic Aesop’s fable, known by the same name. This Caldecott award-winning story revolves around a mouse who, presumably, lives in the wild plains of Africa. The mouse lives in an environment where life isn’t a sure thing. The mouse’s life is in danger when it gets caught in the paw of the king of the jungle- the lion. Being the kind king he is, the lion lets the mouse go, allowing it to take care of its offspring for a little longer; ...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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