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Children's LiteratureAesop's well-known fable is told with an economy of words and pictures to help the very new reader along in this Level 1 "Step Into Reading" title. The words "trouble" and "follow" may give some readers pause, but familiar ones such as "big, little, roar, help, and chew" will give readers satisfaction as they make their way through text that varies from one to four lines per page. McCue's illustrations make the lion less scary than some versions, and the fable ends with a picture of the mouse mounted on the lion's head moving into the sunset and text states the moral: Always Help Others. It is a good first book for introducing children to the genre of fables and a nicely laid out version for new readers as well. 2004 (orig. 1998), Random House, Ages 6 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.