The Lion and the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney
Little, Brown Young Readers (2009)
ISBN 9780316013567
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 5) and Mom for Reader Views (9/09)

“The Lion and the Mouse” is Jerry Pinkney’s illustrated version of the popular Aesop fable.  This version of the tale is virtually wordless except for animal sounds here and there.

Cayden:  “This book doesn’t have hardly any words so we had to figure out what was going on in the story by looking at the pictures.  I liked to do that.  It was fun!  My favorite part was when the mouse helped the lion in the end.  My favorite picture was when the lion fell out of the trap because the mouse chewed the rope open.”

Parent’s comments:
“The Lion and the Mouse” is beautifully illustrated.  I loved the fact that there was almost no text in the book.  The illustrations were powerful enough to carry the entire story.  I have always liked this fable but this was the first time that my son had heard it and he really enjoyed it.    Pinkney’s “The Lion and the Mouse” deserves a place on every child’s bookshelf!

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