The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Lion and the Mouse (2009)
Written and Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

I was incredibly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The most spectacular thing about this The Lion and the Mouse is that Jerry Pinkney managed to very successfully create a wordless picture book that was just more than pretty pictures, it truly tells a delightful story. By saying this is a wordless picture book I truly mean wordless. Each page is a wonderful work of art that progresses the story along without the use of words except for the occasional use of onomatopoeia which is artfully drawn into the illustration.

It is not surprising to me that this book won the Caldecott Medal, which is given to the illustrator who made the greatest contribution to American children’s literature each year. All of the illustrations in The Lion and the Mouse are literal works of art in beautiful watercolors. Not only is the artwork within this book beautiful, but it is also creative in the way that the animal characters are drawn in a way that they are given actual personalities and fun expressions. Most importantly, the illustrations do an amazing job telling the story.

The story is a well known one, an Aesop’s Fable that has been retold countless times. Even without words the story holds the very same wonderful meaning as you flip through the pages of this book. The story is the very heartwarming tale of a lucky little mouse who later becomes a hero to the mighty lion who had once let him go free. The illustrations tell the story so well that even children who are unfamiliar with it will be able to use their own words to tell it as they look through the book. This is definitely a book that can be enjoyed by any age level but early childhood and beginners will really love sharing this extraordinary book with a special adult.

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