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The Lion and the Mouse [Paperback]

Jerry Pinkney
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6 Oct 2011
This Aesop's fable is a favourite and familiar one: a mouse inadvertently disturbs a lion, who lets the mouse go ... and is later himself freed by the mouse from a poacher's trap. Jerry Pinkney's jaw-droppingly gorgeous new wordless treatment is irresistible, its wealth of visual detail offering huge scope for the pages to be turned and the story retold over and over again. Spectacular.

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406332046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406332049
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 24.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stunning, wordless version of one of Aesop's best-loved fables, from one of America's most acclaimed artists.

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Jerry Pinkney is one of today's best-loved children's book makers. Over his 40-year career as an illustrator, he has received five Caldecott Honors and won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, as well as being nominated for the prestigious international Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in New York with his wife, the author Gloria Jean Pinkney.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A LION! WHAT A MOUSE! WHAT AN ARTIST! 9 Sep 2009
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
This particular Aesop fable is familiar to most - the story of a wee, insignificant mouse who happens to disturb a lion. Well, of course, the little mouse is a mere tidbit for the lion. Nonetheless, this magnificent king of the jungle decides to let the little fellow go.

Later, the lion is entrapped by poachers and the little mouse remembers the lion's kindness and manages to set the lion free. There is so much to be learned from this fable and there are many different interpretations of the story. This wordless version by noted artist Jerry Pinkney is remarkable not only for the beauty of Pinkney's work but because it allows the reader or in this case story teller to offer a different narrative each time the book is shown. One never tires of looking at the artist's stunning full page paintings, and young listeners don't tire of hearing the story over and over again, each time with a slightly different twist.

The mantel at Pinkney's home must sag with the numerous awards he has received - four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, five Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Awards, etc. All so richly deserved. Since I've no trophy to offer I merely send thanks for one more beautifully illustrated book that will become a part of our permanent collection.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Lion and the Mouse 27 Feb 2010
Pinkney's 2010 Caldecott Medal winner, The Lion & the Mouse, is a retelling--or, rather a re-showing--of Aesop's traditional fable by the same name.

As the story is traditionally told, a mouse is caught by a lion and pleads for her life by arguing that one day the lion might need her help. Although the lion scoffs at the thought that a tiny mouse could ever help such a mighty beast as a lion, he releases the mouse. However, the lion subsequently gets caught in a hunter's net, and the mouse--hearing the lion's distressed roar--ends up freeing the lion by nibbling a hole in the net. The traditional moral: "Little friends may prove great friends." Traditionally, then, the story is meant to embolden the meek ("You may be a great friend one day!") and to encourage the proud to look out for the little guy.

However, in Pinkney's version, the moral is not so tightly constrained, largely because the only words Pinkney uses are onomatopoeias---i.e., words that express sounds made by the creatures in the story, such as the screech of an owl, the squeaking and scratching of mice, and the roar of the lion. This textually minimal approach lets the story breath in new ways, broadening the possibilities for the story's moral.

While the range of possibilities still includes the traditional moral, in my view the most obvious teaching of Pinkney's version seems to be that mercy is a virtue. In other words, the moral of Pinkney's version is that mercy is a good character trait that human beings ought to embody. I take the developmental value of the book for children to lie chiefly in this teaching.

Several aspects of Pinkney's version shift the book toward this interpretation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional book 5 Jan 2011
By DonMike
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Truly beautiful illustrations. Was good to have a book that made my daughter think (6 years old) for herself about what she thought was happening in the story and then me give her the explanation at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Without a thorn 27 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mr Pinkney's been at this game for fifty years (something I only picked up on because this one's dedicated to his great-grandchildren!) and, to my mind even more noteworthy, he's African-American. You think that's irrelevant? So be it. Whatever, this wordless (and thornless) retelling of Aesop's Lion and Thorn is probably his masterpiece. If ever there was a book to own in hardback (it's got endpapers and all..) this would suit ages 2-8 (or, practically, 1-100)
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 7 Oct 2013
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Bought this after seeing another child with it. Bought it for my grandson. Beautifully illustrated. And lots of things to chat about when reading
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