The Lion & the Mouse

Title: The Lion & the Mouse

Bibliographic Information: Pinkney, J. (2009). The lion and the mouse. New York: Little, Brown and Co. Books for Young Readers.

Annotation: This book illustrates how the mouse ends up saving the lion. It is a wordless picture book with very detailed pictures by Pinkney.

Genre: Folklore – Fable

Grade level: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Readers who will like this book: Young readers who love animals and enjoy books filled with pictures will appreciate this book.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because the illustrations are wonderful and extremely detailed. There is so much to look at on each page. It is also twisting; I think the majority of the readers assume the lion will eat the mouse.

Question I would ask before the reading: How do you think lions treat mice?


The Lion & the Mouse

The Lion & the Mouse

Pinkney, J. (2009). The lion and the mouse. New York: Little, Brown and Co. Books for Young Readers.

This is a wordless picture book full of illustration by Pinkney. It is the retelling of Aesop’s Fable, where the lion ends up not eating a mouse, who then comes back and saves him.

Folklore (Fable)


Readers who love books full of pictures; Who love animals.

Rate:5; I absolutely love this book, the illustration’s were beautiful and very detailed. I also enjoyed the moral behind the story which is being kind always brings a reward.

What do you think is going to happen between the lion and mouse?


The Lion and the Mouse

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?


The Little Match Girl

1. The Little Match Girl
2. Pinkney, Jerry (1999). The Little Match Girl. New York: Phyllis Fogelman Books.
3. This little girl was sent to sell matches and artificial flowers on the corner. She was so old so she lit a match. When she did she saw a stove that warmed her. Every match she lit after that, she had grandeur visions, until she ran out of matches.
4. Fiction
5. Kindergarten- Grade 3
6. Readers who like imaginary tales and creative imaginations will like this book.
7. 2; I thought it was sad that she was out in the cold. Having these visions helped her with staying warm though.
8. Have you ever been very cold?


Puss in Boots

Pinkney, J. (2012). Puss in Boots. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.

The youngest of three brothers inherits a talking cat from his father. This cat helps him gain the fortune he needs to live separate from his family.

Genre: Fairy Tale, Picturebook, Folktale

Grades: K-3rd

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a five because I love the story and the illustrations. The artistry in the pictures are amazing and tell a story all their own.

Where have you heard the name Puss in Boots before? Do you think you will like this story based on the character?


The Nightingale

Pinkney, J. (2002). The nightingale. New York, NY: Phyllis Fogelman Books.

This book is an adaptation of Hans Christian-Andersen’s fairytale, and is about a bird whose musical talent brings her admiration from the local people and catches the attention of the king as well as a spot in his court. Captivity in the king’s court lessens the livelihood of the nightingale, but upon release her spirit is renewed.  Pinkney’s interpretation is set in Africa and reflects a diverse version of the story.

Genre: Adapted (Fractured?) Fairytale

Grade: 1st-4th

Readers who will like this book: Children who like fairy tales, children who like stories involving royalty, children who enjoy classic “happy endings.”

Response and rating: 3.5; Although I thoroughly enjoyed Pinkey’s illustrations in this adapted fairytale, I think that the text is a little too looming and heavy for younger children to read independently. I think this book is definitely best for a read aloud where children are able to talk through some of the original, complex ideas in the book. Overall, I thought the book was O.K but liked that there were a few concepts that were simplified for children in this version.

Question: What does it mean if something is artificial/fake? What is better– something that is real or something that is fake? Why?


The Ugly Duckling

Title: The Ugly Duckling

Bibliography: Pinkey, Jerry. (1999). The Ugly Duckling. New York: Harper Collins

Short annotation: The reader is introduced to a baby swan who begins his life misplaced in a ducks nest. He struggles to fit in to a world where he doesn’t feel he belongs in. His mother is the only one who won’t tease him. The duckling decides to leave the farm where he was born, to see the rest of the world. He eventually finds a flock of beautiful white swans and decides to join them. He joyfully discovers that he belongs with the swans because he is one of them!

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this book: Children who are feeling left out.

Personal response and rating: I thought Jerry Pinkney’s version of The Ugly Ducking was done very well. It is a classic story of how you’re not always going to feel as though you fit in but in other cases you will. Rating: 4

Question: Does anyone ever like different things than their friends? Has anyone ever felt left out?


Puss in Boots

Bibliographic information: Pinkney, J. (2012). Puss in boots. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.

Short annotation: This is a story about a clever cat, who with a pair of boots, helped his owner marry a princess.

The genre: Fairy tales, Picture book

Grade level: Preschool to Third grade

Readers who like this book: children ages 2 to 10, parents looking for a good bedtime story and educators looking to teach students about the importance of determination.

Personal response and rating: I would rate this book a 2.5; I love all the details in the writing and pictures but I didn’t like the fact that Puss had to lie and be deceitful to get the princess to take interest in his owner.

Question: Where do you think this book takes place and why?


The Lion & The Mouse

Title: The Lion & The Mouse

Bibliographic information: Pinkney, J. (2009). The Lion & The Mouse. New York, New York: Hachette Book Group

Brief annotation: While a mouse is being chased by an owl he runs into a lion. The lion is nice and lets him go. When the lion is captured by a hunters net the mouse returns his nice favor by saving him.

Genre: Wordless picture book

Grade level: K – 2nd grade

Readers who will like this: Readers who like to or are learning to interpret stories.

Rating: 3 – The illustrations are very well done.

Question: How would you describe the relationship between mice and lions?


Noah’s Ark

Bibliographic information: Pinkney, J. (2002). Noah’s Ark. New York: SeaStar Books.

Short Annotation: God was upset with his people, they were not listening to him and they did not do what they were told. God asked Noah to build an Ark and to gather his family, two of each animal and some food. He informed Noah that he was sending a flood to destroy all the bad off the land. It was then Noah’s job to build an ark and bring two of every animal, his family and food to bring with him in the ark. Now Noah, his animals and his family must survive the flood.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction.

Grade level: first through fourth grade.

Audience:  Young children and parents would enjoy this book because this story explains what happened in the past.

Response and rating: I give this book a rating of ten because it described in good detail what happened before, during and after the flood. It shows courage and commitment in order to build a big ark and to be trapped in it for days.

Question: Have you ever heard of this story before? What is the biggest thing you ever made?