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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 expressively drawn characters Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling and his stunning pictures speak volumes

10 thoughts on “The Lion and the Mouse

  1. says:

    Wow this is a beautiful book cover to cover This wordless retelling of an Aesop’s Fable is amazing and stunning The mouse running from an owl runs onto the back of a Lion who catches the mouse and then lets him go Later the lion is caught in a person’s net and the mouse frees the lion from the trapI think this is a wonderful story about helping each other It could be a useful tool of understanding how to act right now on a political level Jerry Pinkney has done stories from Aesop’s Fables and I am now interested in seeing those as well because this is so well done The nephew is starting to pick up some words but he’s still not reading He loved this and his story was uite exciting I must say The niece loved this as well and she gave it 5 stars as did her brother I agree

  2. says:

    “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 againJerry Pinkney’s illustrations alone retell the story of a popular Aesop fable since there are no words in this book to tell the readers the story Jerry Pinkney’s illustrations are beautiful and realistic looking as the reader can tell that the setting of the book is set in Africa since there are dozens of wild animals around and drawings of high yellowish grass The image that stood out the most was the image of the lion itself as it looks extremely realistic and beautiful especially during the scenes where the lion was holding the small mouse in its paws and has an angry look on its face“The Lion and the Mouse” is definitely one of the best wordless picture books since David Wiesner’s “Tuesday” and it will definitely attract children of all ages for its beautiful illustrations and uplifting story I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since toddlers would not have problems reading this book since there are no words to tell the storyReview is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  3. says:

    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 loveThis 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 tellingWinner of the Caldecott medal for best picture book of the year 2009

  4. says:

    Although I am generally not all that much a fan of wordless picture books as a genre as I simply do enjoy written text considerably than illustrated images and also often tend to find the former easier to follow and understand I have indeed found Jerry Pinkney's Caldecott Medal winning wordless adaptation of Aesop's fable The Lion and the Mouse both utterly charming and realistically imaginatively descriptive and thus really truly showing the plot the story of how a diminutive mouse is graciously released by a lion after she accidentally hides on his back and then repays that same favour by later chewing through poachers' trap lines and in turn releasing the captured lion as evocatively as realistically and yes as gracefully rendered as any accompanying narrative text would or could With a plethora of detailed depictions of the African savannah its flora and fauna The Lion and the Mouse is not only a stunning visual feast there are also of course the messages of the original fable present that good deeds have their rewards that to be kind and with the case of the lion in many ways acting against his instinctive carnivorous nature with regard to the mouse have or least can have positive and life saving results and that while the mouse shows much courage gnawing through the ropes to release the lion so does eually so the lion when he originally sends the mouse on her way back to her family when he neither attacks nor eats her Four stars and highly recommended and while Jerry Pinkney's The Lion and the Mouse is due to its wordlessness of course primarily a book for younger children the images can and in my opinion also should be used for independent storytelling practice with slightly older children as well as of course discussing the above mentioned messagesconcepts and perhaps even the issues and problems Africa faces and continues to face with regard to the evils of poaching

  5. says:

    Goodness gracious this is a book that can't just sit on a shelf in a bookstore Try walking past ityou 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 outAnd once your child is done take the book and stand it up on your bookshelf with cover front and center for this volume deserves the spotlight This book is truly meant to be enjoyed via paper not electronic tabletBook Season Spring mouse house

  6. says:

    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 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 fan of a particular author or illustrator Take Jerry Pinkney for example The bloke has won his own fair share of Caldecott Honors in his day He is prolific He has an eye for a good story But prior to the publication of The Lion and the Mouse I would have to admit that the only picture book of his that I really truly enjoyed was his version of Little Red Riding Hood and even that wasn’t one of my favorite books of its year I say all this not to degrade Mr Pinkney but to point out that his newest book has a singular ability to do something most artists do not even hope to try for It is appealing to both die hard Pinkney fans and the folks who could take him or leave him Everybody likes this book It’s actually a little weird but who are we to argue? The Lion and the Mouse takes a classic Aesop tale and spins it into wordless picture book gold A must have and a must purchase Set against the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya a single small mouse escapes the claws of a hungry owl only to find herself trapped within the paw of a huge lion On a whim the lion lets the mouse go and then sets about his merry way Unfortunately poachers have been putting up traps and before he knows it the lion is caught and bound in nasty ropes high above the ground To his rescue comes the little mouse and she nibbles the ropes until they give way and free the lion In her mouth she leaves with one of the knots of rope which she gives her family of tiny babies at home to play with On the final endpapers the lion and his family of cubs prowl with the mouse and her family safely ensconced on the lion's back Go into your local library ask for the Aesop tales and you’ll find a wide variety of takes on the genre Generally it is hard to turn a single Aesop fable into a picture book for the simple fact that Aesop’s tales are a bit on the short side That’s why you’re likely to either find his book in collections as in Animal Fables from Aesop as illustrated by Barbara McClintock or in greatly expanded texts as in Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes by Margie Palatini Pinkney’s decision to make this book almost entirely wordless is therefore nothing short of inspired Without words Pinkney is free to expand his storyline To show elements and characters that wouldn’t deserve a mention in a straight interpretation of the original text And at forty pages Pinkney hasn’t had to skimp on his storytelling either Pinkney places his story within the uiet majesty of the Serengeti Now I’m sure I’m not the only person who when hearing the title The Lion and the Mouse immediately thinks of the jungle It doesn’t matter how many times you tell me that lions don’t live in the jungle Certain stories have been so battered into my brain that it will take books like Pinkney’s do undo the mental imagery there Pinkney has also given himself over entirely to the Serengeti landscape Each animal has been meticulously researched and rendered here On a first read I was skeptical as to whether or not the owl featured in the book would actually exist in this African landscape The answer? Yep It would indeed Pinkney has researched this puppy out the wazoo and the result is a book that fairly pops with accuracy Mouse feet I have a strange appreciation for any artist who can accurately portray well proportioned mouse feet Mice do not have attractive feet They are long and pink with their toes all scrunched on one end and their heels too far away to look good on the other So while I am sure that most folks will be ooing and cooing over Pinkney’s depiction of the lion in all his mane y goodness I’m all about the mouse and her footsies And from time to time I did also wonder about scale There’s a wonderful moment when the mouse pauses on the lion’s tail unaware that she is close to a new predator Next to her three ants walk the length of a single piece of grass even smaller than the mouse herself Later you see the mouse and her family on the back of the lion and they seem a bit big but it’s not overly jarring I doubt a kid would care two cents about whether or not the mouse is always in direct proportion to the lion but it’s worth noting anyway According to the publication page “The full color artwork for this book has been prepared using pencil watercolor and colored pencils on paper” And within that medium and without becoming cartoonish Pinkney gives characters expressions but keeps them well within the realm of realism The mouse can go from terrified to delighted and still look like a real mouse And the lion’s expression when the mouse finds him in the net? If cats feel shame the big cats must sometimes feel big time shame Other choices made in the book are worth noting The white poachers for example have their faces obscured when they appear to set up the trap that will snare the lion In doing so they take on the faceless void of villainy without the artist having to render them cartoonish in their badness There are words in this book but they tend to be onomatopoetic The “who who whoooo” of an owl or the tiny terrified sueak of the mouse when caught by the lion In the scene where the lion is lifted off the Serengeti floor no sound is made You just see the wide open mouth and rolling eyes It isn’t until you turn the page that the “RRROAARRRRRRRRRRR” appears at the top of a two page spread Below the sound four panels show the mouse scurrying to the rescue below This use of panels gives the already near silent book a kind of silent movie feel Like a graphic novel The Lion and the Mouse finds use for panels white space timing and inserts of dialogue such as it is It is able to use the best of both the comic world and the picture book world One minute you’re limited to panels The next you turn the page and here’s a double spread full color lush and gorgeous Pinkney has expanded his medium with this book and the payoff is evident As a children’s librarian sometimes I find wordless picture books a hard sell to parents Kids are often willing to dig them but for a parent a wordless book means a lot of interaction with their child and some folks are sueamish about poring over a single title for too long The nice thing about The Lion and the Mouse is that it hooks you from the cover onward Heck I suspect that there’s many a parent that will completely miss the fact that the book even is wordless until they’ve gotten than halfway in so compelling is Pinkney’s visual storytelling It’s been a while since an Aesop fable had this many people talking about it Worth the buzz Worth the hype WorthyAges 4 8

  7. says:

    This is an absolutely gorgeous book It’s one of the most beautifully illustrated picture books I’ve readI 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 authorillustrator’s reverence for animals really comes through in this bookThe book had me riveted from the wordless cover and this tale is told 100% through the pictures and words representing the sounds the various animals make and it’s told very well Animals are the humane ones here the heroes certainly not the humans who thankfully make only a brief appearanceIt’s a lovely book and I’m so glad I read it and I will recommend it Highly sensitive children and adults might have a few moments of distress but overall it’s an uplifting and inspiring story

  8. says:

    What 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

  9. says:

    This is a wordless picture book that illustrates one of Aesop's fables The Lion and the Mouse It is a story that shows the reader how the mighty lion spares the tiny mouse's life and later on how the tiny mouse saves the mighty lion's life

  10. says:

    This is an almost entirely wordless book The only words are sounds and owl hooting the mouse sueaking 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 timeI especially enjoyed the author's note where Pinkney says that he was as a child enthralled with the idea of the tiny prevailing over the mighty But that as he grew he realized that what was truly special was the euality both the creatures hadDefinitely recommended