The Lion & the Mouse

The Lion & The Mouse

By: Jerry Pinkney

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Folk/Fairy Tales: Animals, Folk/Fairy Tales: Principles

Grade: p-1


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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.



Winner of the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal


★ “Pinkney’s soft, multihued strokes make everything in the jungle seem alive, right down to the rock.” –Booklist


★ “A classic tale from a consummate artist.” –School Library Journal


★ “A nearly wordless exploration of Aesop’s fable of symbiotic mercy that is nothing short of masterful.” –Kirkus


★ “Pinkney has no need of words; his art speaks eloquently for itself.” –Publishers Weekly