The Lion and the Mouse: Jerry Pinkney

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:

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

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