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The Lion & the Mouse

The Lion & the Mouse

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The Caldecott Award-winning and New York Times bestselling fable of compassion and kindness retold by acclaimed artist Jerry Pinkney.

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

Don't miss these other classic retellings by Pinkney:
The Little Mermaid
The Grasshopper and the Ants
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Little Red Riding Hood
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Author: Jerry Pinkney
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 09/01/2009
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 9.76h x 11.24w x 0.54d
ISBN: 9780316013567
Audience: Ages 4-8
Award: Buckeye Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - Recommended
Award: Volunteer State Book Awards - Nominee
Award: Texas 2x2 Reading List - Recommended
Award: Caldecott Medal - Winner
Award: Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards - Honor Book
Award: Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) - Gold Medal Winner
Award: Indies Choice Book Awards - Winner
Award: Cybils - Finalist

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 07/01/2009 pg. 63
Publishers Weekly 07/27/2009 pg. 61
Kirkus Review - Children 08/01/2009
Ebony 09/01/2009 pg. 132
School Library Journal 09/01/2009 pg. 146
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 11/01/2009
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2009 pg. 658
Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/02/2009 pg. 30
New York Times Book Review 11/08/2009 pg. 15
Kirkus Best Children's Books 11/15/2009 pg. 13
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2009 pg. 35
Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/2010 pg. 14
People Weekly 02/08/2010 pg. 57
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/01/2010 pg. 28
Entertainment Weekly 11/19/2010 pg. 104
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2010 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
Entertainment Weekly 11/14/2014 pg. 110
BookPage 09/01/2009
School Library Journal 02/01/2017

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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