The Lion and the Mouse
Author/Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Co.
Publication Year: 2009
Brief Summary: In this wordless version of the classic folktale The Lion and the Mouse, a lion’s decision to release a mouse he captures helps him in the end.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, 2010 Honor Book Picture Book United States
- Cuffies: Children’s Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2009 Winner Favorite Jacket United States
- Cuffies: Children’s Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2009 Winner Favorite PIcture Book of the Year United States
- Cybil Award, 2009 Finalist Picture Book Fiction United States
- Indies Choice Book Award, 2010 Winner Picture Book United States
- National Parenting Publications Award, 2009 Honor Books For Preschoolers & Up United States
- New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year, 2009 Winner United States
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award, 2009 Platinum Early School Years United States
- Parents’ Choice Award, 2009 Gold Picture Books United States
- Prize for Design and Printing, 2010 First Place Hardcover – Picture Book Fiction United States
- Prize for Design and Printing, 2010 Best of 2010 in Children’s Trade Category United Statesundefined
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2010 Winner United States
- A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, 2010 ; Pennsylvania Center for the Book
- Amazon Editors’ Picks: Top 10 Books, 2009
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2010 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Booklist Book Review Stars , Jul. 1, 2009 ; American Library Association
- Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2009 ; American Library Association
- Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2009 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- Choices, 2010 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
- Horn Book Fanfare, 2009
- Kids Reading List, 2010 ; Oprah/ALSC
- Kirkus Best Children’s Books, 2009
- Kirkus Book Review Stars, August 1, 2009
- Notable Children’s Books, 2010 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 2010 ; NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly
- Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books, 2009
- Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, July 27, 2009 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Best Books, 2009
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, September 2009 ; Cahners
- Washington Post Best Kid’s Books, 2009
- 2X2 Reading List, 2010; Book List
- Buckeye Children’s Book Award, 2011; Nominee
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Discussion of wordless stories. The only words in this book are the sounds animals make.
- Introduce Aesop’s Fables. What is a fable? What are the characteristics of a fable? Does this story have a moral? Have children write their own fable and share with the class.
- Have children take parts in narrating the story. Write out their own version and share with the class.
- Compare and contrast with other versions of this tale. Which do they like better?
- In Pinkney’s book, we see a trap being set. What do you think the people are going to do with animals they trap?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Text-to-text connections
- Reading to write
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. N/A
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library