Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Undoubtedly you have heard, “A picture tells a thousand words.” Well, in The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney retells the well-known Aesop’s fable of the lion and the mouse, by letting his stunning illustrations tell the story.

Pinkney retains to the basic storyline of a ferocious lion sparing a mouse that he’d planned to eat. Later, the mouse comes to the lions rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap.

The moral of this Aesop’s fable is that no good deed goes unrewarded.

This book was awarded the Caldecott Medal: Most distinguished American picture book for children in 2010.

Review Excerpts:
“The ambiguity that results from the lack of words in this version allows for a slower, subtle, and ultimately more satisfying read. Moments of humor and affection complement the drama. A classic tale from a consummate artist.” (School Library Journal)

“By retelling Aesop’s fable entirely in his signature pencil and watercolor art, Pinkney encourages closer exploration of the pleasing detail with which he amplifies it… It will be a challenge for libraries to make every gorgeous surface available, but it’s a challenge worth taking on.” (Horn Book Review)

“Pinkney’s soft, multihued strokes make everything in the jungle seem alive, right down to the rocks, as he bleeds color to indicate movement” (Booklist)

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