The Lion & the Mouse – Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
April 16, 2011
The Lion & the Mouse is quite possibly one of the most beautiful picture books I have ever read…er…seen. This adaptation of one of Aesop’s Fables is actually a wordless version. Other than a few occurences of the element of onomotopeia that grace the pages of this book, there are no words. The stunning pictures bring to life the story of a powerful lion who one day has pity on a very small, but courageous little mouse. As the story goes, the mouse, in return, saves the large feline from a poacher’s trap as a sign of thanks. Pinkney’s illustrations truly tell this story in a way in which words simply are not needed. Even if a child were not familiar with this fable, I think he/she could easily follow the storyline via the detailed artwork. This book, unsurprisingly, won the Caldecott Medal in 2010. After viewing The Lion & the Mouse as a fulfillment for this blog, I have now ordered a copy for myself. I don’t think I could possibly consider my classroom library complete without it!
Other books illustrated by Jerry Pinkney include:
The Talking Eggs