Bibliographic Information: Pinkney, J. (2009). The lion and the mouse. New York: Little, Brown and Co. Books for Young Readers.
Brief Annotation: This wordless picture book is a retelling of Aesop’s fable, featuring beautiful and evocative illustrations by Pinkney.
Genre: Folklore (Fable)
Grade Level: PreK-3
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy fables; readers who enjoy stories with animals as the protagonists; readers who are interested in morals and ethics.
Rating/Response: 5; The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and they are able to suggest the story through the facial expressions and body language of the animals. Some children will already be familiar with the premise and moral of the story, but it will be new to other children. I could use this to my advantage to facilitate classroom learning and help students learn from each other. Even children who are unfamiliar with this fable will be able to infer from the pictures what is happening in the story.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: This book is titled The lion and the mouse. What do you know about the way lions and mice interact in nature? (If children are struggling, remind them that lions are like big cats). How do you predict the lion and the mouse will interact in this story?