The Lion and the Mice

The Lion and the Mice

by Ed Emberley

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In this rendition of Aesop’s fable, a mouse finds herself trapped by a caged lion in the city zoo. When the lion sets her free, she promises to return the favor.

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In this rendition of Aesop’s fable, a mouse finds herself trapped by a caged lion in the city zoo. When the lion sets her free, she promises to return the favor.

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“Aesop’s lion and mouse (or mice, as this case has it) have never looked more stylish. . . . Fantastic visual fun.”

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The wintry adventures of mice dressed in elaborately patterned outfits are related in brief, simple sentences in this volume of the "I Like to Read" series. Across the double pages the mice walk on snow; then they skate on ice. "Mice on ice look nice." The large typeface and few words per page make for easy reading as we follow the mice. Their skating is interrupted by a large cat, filling the double page. But this cat, with a hat, is no threat. It simply joins the mice on the ice. "Nice!" The happy rodents skate around the cover, making merry in their digitally manipulated cut paper collage outfits and starry eyes. Decorative cut paper snowflakes fill the dark blue end pages with anticipation of the wintry scenes to come. A fine white line on the ice suggests their skating movements and then gives warning of the approaching cat. But all ends happily. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this uneven easy reader, the traditional fable is presented in an urban setting, with the lion stuck in a cage instead of a net. The mouse is lost, and the lion not only spares her life but also lifts her up so she can find her home. The mouse returns with an entire community of mice who work together to unlock the cage (though how/where they get the key is a mystery). The Emberleys' characteristic eye-popping abstract art is as delightful as ever, but suffers in the smaller format. While earlier collaborations such as The Red Hen (Roaring Brook, 2010) showcased the bold figures with lots of white space, Lion is set against an abstract night/cityscape and is composed with varying perspectives that may be confusing for emergent readers who are looking for context. The short sentences and simplified storytelling that make it appropriate for early readers prevent it from being an enjoyable read aloud: "The mouse comes back./More mice come./The lion roars." The quirky little rodents in their fancy boots are utterly charming, but the overall effect of the book is disjointed and will be confusing to its intended audience.—Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI

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Holiday House, Inc.
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I Like to Read ® Series
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca Emberley is the bestselling creator of numerous books for children, including Piñata and My Day/Mi Dia: A Book in Two Languages/Un Libro en Dos Lenguas, and My Animals/Mis Animales, part of her popular series of bilingual English/Spanish books. Rebecca lives in Kittery, Maine, where she finds plenty of inspiration outdoors.

Edward Randolph Emberley (born October 19, 1931 in Malden, Massachusetts) is an American artist and illustrator. Emberley studied art at the Massachusetts School of Art in Boston, from which he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and illustration. He also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.

He married Barbara, a librarian and writer, in 1955; they have two children, Rebecca and Michael. They currently live in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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