Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Based on Aesop's fable of the same name. The cover of the book drew me to it immediately and as I flipped through, realized that the almost wordless book relied on the beautiful illustrations of Jerry Pinkney to tell its story...This book is definitely going into my Christmas list. It's perfect for preschoolers, bilingual children and children with learning difficulties, which Pinkney admitted to suffering early in his life.

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The Lion and the Mouse is a fable about a mouse who, surprisingly, is set free by a lion.  Later, the lion is captured in a net set by humans.  The tiny mouse cleverly sets the lion free, thereby repaying the lion for his kindness and showing that sometimes the strong depend upon the weak.
The only words used in this lovely story set in the African Serengeti are sounds, such as the lion's "grrr," the "putt-putt" of the jeep, and the "scratch" of the mouse as he sets the trapped lion free.  cited

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