Sunday, June 23, 2013
The Lion and the Mouse
Author & Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: Caldecott, NYT Best Illustrated, ALA Notable, Horn Books Honor Book, School Library Journal Top 100 Picture Books
Summary: This is a wordless adaptation of the traditional fable of the lion and the mouse. A mouse is running from predator's when she accidentally awakes a lion. The lion decides to let her go back to her family. Later, the mouse chews through some old ropes and frees the lion from a hunter's trap. Don't skip the endpapers where the lion is surrounded by his family (mate & 5 cubs) and riding on his back is the adorable mouse family!
Classroom Ideas: The theme here is about friendship and mercy. In his Artist's Note, Pinkney says "As a child I was inspired to see the majestic king of the jungle saved by the determination and hard work of a humble rodent; as an adult I've come to appreciate how both animals are equally large at heart: the courageous mouse, and the lion who must rise above his beastly nature to set his small prey free." This would be an interesting quotation to discuss with kids.