for The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop and Jerry Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney’s almost wordless rendition of Aesop’s story about the lion who lets a mouse go (rather than eat it) and is later saved by the tiny creature is set on an African savanna. Sunlight–saturated spreads move between page views of the expansive landscape and its many inhabitants and close-ups of the principals: one very large lion and one very small mouse. The story unfolds in illustrations offering many captivating perspectives, from the mouse unwittingly scaling the hill of the lion’s back early on, to the overhead view of the lion later walking beneath a trap, followed by a close-up of his paw stepping on the rope that will bind him. The only words are the occasional animal sounds incorporated into the art. Additional bookmaking, design, and illustration details, from the satisfying weight of the pages to the dainty tail of the mouse that breaks through the borders of some framed illustrations, add to the pleasure of this volume. An illustrator’s note provides a brief summary of the story for those who want or need a refresher, along with Jerry Pinkney’s inspiration for this interpretation. (Ages 4–10)
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Even the King of the Jungle needs help sometimes, but who is brave enough to help such a powerful beast? Courage comes in all sizes in Aesopï¿½s classic fable, The Lion and the Mouse. Readers who are familiar with this timeless tale and those who are new to the story will love the simple, beautiful language of this retelling. Endearing illustrations enrich the narrative and draw in even reluctant readers. The unlikely friendship between a grouchy lion and a fearless mouse introduces readers to important concepts such as respecting differences and using oneï¿½s weaknesses as strengths. With relatable characters and a poignant moral, this book is sure to become a favorite in any library.
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