The Lion or the Mouse? (Who's Got Game? Series #2)

The Lion or the Mouse? (Who's Got Game? Series #2)

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by Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison

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When Lion gets a thorn stuck in his paw and only a little mouse can help he, he becomes embarrassed and hides in his den. Now Mouse thinks his is King, but will the other animals listen to Mouse?


When Lion gets a thorn stuck in his paw and only a little mouse can help he, he becomes embarrassed and hides in his den. Now Mouse thinks his is King, but will the other animals listen to Mouse?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A boastful king of beasts gets a thorn in his paw and lets a timid mouse pull it. Afterward, the two reverse roles; the lion learns humility, but the mouse becomes a power-mad bully. Once again the audience must decide "who's got game," or who's in the right. Both retellings-especially the shrewd portrait of the musician-score slam dunks. All ages. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What can a lion do when a thorn is in his paw? Who can help him to get it out? The elephant? The monkey? The mouse? This book is an adaptation of one of Aesop's classic fables of the Lion and the mouse. The entire story is written in prose. The text is easy to speak and fun to listen to because of the alliteration. The book did have one problem: the words were difficult to read because the font used looks like someone's handwriting rather than an easily readable font. The handwriting also makes the book look less appealing and professional. The pictures and storyline are done in cartoon style with the text accompanying the individual pictures. The design for the graphics is well done and helps to describe the story of the book. As with most of Aesop's fables, the end of this story includes a very good moral. 2003, Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 to 12.
— Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-The Morrisons extend Aesop's "Lion and the Mouse" into a hip-hop-cadenced meditation on bullying, with some role reversal. "LISTEN UP! LISTEN UP! NO IFS, MAYBES, ANDS, OR BUTS. I AM THE KING ALL OVER THE LAND. I DO WHAT I LIKE. I DO WHAT I CAN!" So roars Lion, until felled by a thorn, and Mouse squeaks a similar line, after putting Lion back on his feet. Outraged when all of the other animals only laugh, Mouse proceeds to pester Lion with complaints, until the larger animal quietly departs, leaving his house and throne to his erstwhile rescuer. Lema tre decks Lion out in a robe, places him in natural settings-except when the scene moves indoors-and supplies hand-lettered text and dialogue to go with the cartoon panels. After leaving Lion sitting alone asking, "Is he who wants to be a bully just scared to be himself?" the artist then closes with a puzzlingly disconnected sequence of frames involving the mouse, Lion's throne, and a buglike creature. Morrison's celebrity status may sell the book, but this patchy, illogical episode isn't likely to sell many readers on its lesson.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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CENGAGE Learning
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Who's Got Game? Series, #2

Meet the Author

Professor of Education Arizona State University Dr. David Moore taught high school social students and reading in Arizona public schools before entering college teaching. He currently teaches secondary school teacher preparation courses in adolescent literacy. He co-chaired the International Reading Association's Commission on Adolescent Literacy and is actively involved with several professional associations. His twenty-five year publication record balances research reports, professional articles, book chapters, and books. Noteworthy publications include the International Reading Association position statement on adolescent literacy and the Handbook of the Reading Research chapter on secondary school reading. Recent books include Teaching Adolescents Who Struggle with Reading (2nd ed.) and Principled Practices for Adolescent Literacy.

Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.

Professor, College of Education Temple University Dr. Michael Smith joined the ranks of college teachers after eleven years of teaching high school English. He has won awards for his teaching at both the high school and college levels. His research focuses on how experienced readers read and talk about texts, as well as what motivates adolescents' reading and writing both in and out of school. He has written eight books and monographs, including "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys": Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, for which he and his co-author received the 2003 David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. His writing has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, English Journal, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Literacy Research, and Research in the Teaching of English.

Associate Professor, Literacy Education Northern Illinois University Dr. Alfred Tatum began his career as an eighth-grade teacher, later becoming a reading specialist and discovering the power of texts to reshape the life outcomes of struggling readers. His current research focuses on the literacy development of African American adolescent males, and he provides teacher professional development to urban middle and high schools. He serves on the National Advisory Reading Committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and is active in a number of literacy organizations. In addition to his book Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap, he has published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, Journal of College Reading and Learning, and Principal Leadership.

Brief Biography

Princeton, New Jersey, and Manhattan
Date of Birth:
February 18, 1931
Place of Birth:
Lorain, Ohio
Howard University, B.A. in English, 1953; Cornell, M.A., 1955

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The Lion or the Mouse? 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a confusing book, that kept changing the subject. It does not teach kids any lesson at all. First the lion is all bad and then when the mouse saves him he is very nice to him and the mouse takes over and it ends with the mouse being mean. Not a lesson you want to teach your kids. Also it went on and off with being a poem and not.