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THE LION AND THE MOUSE BY JERRY PINKNEY

188173This Aesop’s Tale is a visual tale, a feast for the eyes.  Very few words.

The exceptional art of Mr. Pinkney drew me right into the story of a lion and a mouse.  Page after page, without skipping a beat, the art is the tale: lion’s rest is disturbed by mouse.  Mouse becomes probable next meal for lion.  Lion releases mouse.  Lion gets caught in poachers’ trap.  Mouse hears roar and comes to the rescue.  The only words on a scarce few pages are the sounds of an owl, the lion, and the mouse as he gnaws on the ropes.

Often we see the moral of the tale as the small, the meek triumphing over the mighty, the big.  But Mr. Pinkney points out in his “Notes” that “both animals are equally large at heart: the courageous mouse, and the lion who must rise above his beastly nature to set his small prey free.”  This version is absolutely beautiful for the details of every drawing are a visual delight.  The expressions on the faces of this disproportionate pair are priceless.

Reading Level:  3 – 5 Years

Jerry Pinkney is an award-winning artist.  This book is no exception.  “Jerry Pinkney is one of children’s literature’s most time-honored artists. He has been illustrating children’s books for over 40 years and has more than 75 books to his credit. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honor books. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor three times, and was nominated for the prestigious international Hans Christian Anderson Award.”   He lives with his wife, author, Gloria Jean in Westchester County, NY.
The art in this book are done with pencil, watercolor, colored pencil on paper.
You can find Mr. Pinkney @ http://www.jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html

If you happen to be in Atlanta, GA, an exhibition called “Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” will be on display from 10/12/2013 through 1/05/2014 … http://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions/Jerry-Pinkney.aspx?sc_device=default

Awards for “The Lion and the Mouse”:
2010 Caldecott Medal winner
2009 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner

Book Information:

  • ISBN-13: 9780316013567
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Originally reviewed by me October, 2013.

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