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The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

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When the tiny mouse is caught by the huge lion, he begs to be freed. The lion laughs and lets him go, not knowing that his tiny captive will later save him! Find the moral to Aesop's fable in the easy-to-read, brilliantly illustrated Short Tales Fable The Lion and the Mouse. Short Tales is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades

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When the tiny mouse is caught by the huge lion, he begs to be freed. The lion laughs and lets him go, not knowing that his tiny captive will later save him! Find the moral to Aesop's fable in the easy-to-read, brilliantly illustrated Short Tales Fable The Lion and the Mouse. Short Tales is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Publishing Group. Grades 1-4.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gentle, black-and-white pencil drawings mirror the hushed reverence of this haunting retelling of a well-known Aesop's fable. Just a few lines evoke the lion's command of his forest kingdom and build a sense of foreboding (``[The mouse] stayed, still as stone, his tiny heart beating with the memory of the lion's roar. He crouched, silent as rock, until the shadow of the lion's paw had passed''). Alternating with full-page illustrations, clusters of several small sketches focus frame by frame on one particular moment-the lion's roar, encroaching hunters or the mouse gnawing at the ropes that trap the lion. The effect is dynamic, providing the visual rhythms often missing from monochromatic art. Gossamer soft in its drawings and text, this book is nevertheless animated enough to capture the attention of the very young. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
In this retelling of the Aesop fable of the same name, Watts creates in text and illustration an "uncluttered" picture book version of the fable. She uses simple text, detailed illustrations in soft natural colors, and lots of white space to make the book appealing to younger readers. Preschool "readers" are able to focus on the story and illustrations and ask that it be read again. They enjoy identifying the animals, birds, and insects that Watts includes in the illustrations. Because of the detailed illustrations, the book is best read to individual children or very small groups. The expressions on the faces of the creatures are "childlike" and show the wonderment of exploration. Although the art is the strong attraction of the story, it can also put limitations on the audience. By the age of six, children would find the book too simplistic and childlike. The book is highly recommended for preschool collections. 2000, North-South, Ages 2 to 5, $15.95. Reviewer: Jenny B. (J. B.) Petty
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A gentle picture-book retelling with a slightly different twist. In this version, the main characters first meet when the lion is a young cub. Years pass and the "king of the beasts" is trapped by a hunter's net and ultimately freed by the same mouse. The other details of this familiar fable remain the same, but Watts's illustrations enlarge the setting to include a fanciful African Lion King landscape dotted with meerkats, leopards, baboons, and giraffes. The text is strong with short, descriptive sentences and an effective use of repetition. The palette in the full-spread art reflects the mix of the jungle and desert landscapes depicted: pastel greens alternating with arid browns, yellows, and touches of orange. The illustrations draw upon realistic details for trees and plants yet maintain a cartoonlike sensibility for the animals. Overall, the impression created is one of passivity; there is little drama or action. While this particular adaptation has some weaknesses, it should be a useful addition to storytimes and folklore collections.-Denise Anton Wright, Alliance Library System, Bloomington, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Janice Del Negro
A classic Aesop's fable is given lavish treatment with elegant black-and-white pencil illustrations. Reminiscent of Ed Young's 1979 illustrations for the same tale, Andrew's pictures are rich in tone and intriguing in composition. A subdued orange border used occasionally around the artwork adds color and a sense of control to the pictures, with thick, dazzling white pages and a burnt sienna jacket and endpapers combining to make the book an example of fine design. Wood's text lends itself to reading and telling aloud; its simplicity will entice readers to take a second look at the familiar fable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602705548
Publisher:
Magic Wagon
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Short Tales Fables Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

Meet the Author

Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth. Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children.

Bernadette Watts has loved to draw since her childhood in England. She created her first picture book under the influence of Beatrix Potter. Watts studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent and is the illustrator of North South fairy tales The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling.

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