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:

John Henry

The Talking Eggs

Aesop’s Fables

Noah’s Ark

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