The Lion and the Mouse: A Retelling of Aesop's Fable

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In this retelling of the classic Aesop's fable, a tiny mouse is saved by a hungry lion. The mouse promises to return the favor, even though the lion doesn't believe such a small creature could help the king of the jungle.

A mouse begs a lion for mercy and, after he is set free, promises that he will help the lion some day in return.

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Overview

In this retelling of the classic Aesop's fable, a tiny mouse is saved by a hungry lion. The mouse promises to return the favor, even though the lion doesn't believe such a small creature could help the king of the jungle.

A mouse begs a lion for mercy and, after he is set free, promises that he will help the lion some day in return.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this retelling of Aesop's fable, a little mouse convinces a mighty lion not to harm him. He claims that someday he will return the favor when the lion king lets him go free. The day comes all too soon when the lion is caught in a net trap and the little mouse uses his sharp teeth to gnaw through the net to set the lion free. The message that an act of kindness is never wasted is the closing line of this retelling. The text is not all that exciting, but sufficient for those just learning to read. The illustrations do add a bit of humor and the expression of great sadness on the lions face when he is caught in the net is perfect. None of the animals are created with extensive detail, but are drawn with rather broad outlines and shapes. They are interesting, which makes them a good pairing with a slightly bland text. Part of the "Read-it! Readers" series which come in four color-coded levels. Green, which is the level for this one, is the most complex. There is an opening note to parents and caregivers that explains the series structure and some tips for using the book. 2004, Picture Window Books, Ages 5 to 7.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-Blackaby follows the plot of Andersen's original tale. The text is written in simple language while presenting some complex ideas and sophisticated sentence structures. Expressive watercolor cartoon characters are the highlight of each spread. In Ant, White retells Aesop's fable in equally simple language. The story can lead to classroom discussion about work and play. Muted cartoon pictures using lots of browns and greens illustrate the story. In Lion, the reteller closely follows the familiar fable about cooperation between the mighty lion and the tiny mouse. The story concludes with the mouse saying, "You didn't think I could help you- but an act of kindness is never wasted," which provides a good opener for further discussion. Clear illustrations in a cartoon style with soft golds, browns, and greens decorate every page. Good choices for children who want to read these familiar stories on their own.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404865259
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: My First Classic Story Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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