The Lion and the Mouse

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The Lion and the Mouse
About the Author:
Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at
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Five-time Caldecott honoree Jerry Pinkney has been one of the most acclaimed and beloved children's illustrators for two generations. Here, he retells Aesop's fable of The Lion and the Mouse—with no words. His stunning pictures speak volumes.

A ferocious lion catches a field mouse for dinner, but is amused by the cowering creature and, on a whim, decides to let him go. Later, when the lion is caught in a poacher's trap, the mouse, remembering his debt, nibbles at the rope until the lion is free. This classic tale reminds readers that no act of kindness is wasted, and all creatures have something to give, no matter what their size.

This wordless tale provides a great venue for Jerry's captivating illustrations to really shine.
  • Ages 4–8
  • Hardcover
  • 9 1/4" x 11 3/4"
  • 40 pages
  • 40 color illustrations
  • Little, Brown and Company, 2009
  • ISBN-13: 9780316013567
Editorial Reviews
2011 Caldecott Medal Winner
Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine 100 Greatest Books for Kids
Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine Most Beautifully Illustrated

* "Pinkney enriches this classic tale of friendship with another universal theme - family - affectingly illustrated in several scenes as well as in the back endpapers... African species grace splendid panoramas that balance the many finely detailed, closeup images of the protagonists. Pinkney has no need for words; his art speaks eloquently for itself." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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