My grandson and I have a very special relationship. We both love a good story. So every Thursday we head to our local library for the summer reading program and check out children’s books for the Babies – 3-year-old level and ages 4-8.
When I first looked at The Lion & The Mouse with my grandson, we just silently turned the pages looking at the beautiful watercolor illustrations of the scenery and characters by Jerry Pinkerton. For those of you who are familiar with the author, you know that he is a five-time recipient of both the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award.
This particular book, The Lion & The Mouse, was this year’s Caldecott Medal winner. Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables encourages the art of storytelling. I have so much fun using my own words describing this unlikely pair’s relationship with one another. You see, King Lion needs help when he finds himself tangled in the net and his little friend, a mouse, proves to be a Great Friend.
Since the current theme on Qondio is Relationships, I couldn’t help but reflect on this book plus the many cat and mice books that I discovered were at our library. Please feel free to add to this endless list:
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend by John Steptoe
Mice Twice by Joseph Low
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Once a Mouse by Marcia Brown
Anatole and the Cat by Eve Titus and Paul Galdone
Lion by William Pène du Bois
The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
How Loud is a Lion? by Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton
A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
The Very Lazy Lion by Jack Tickle
Puss in Boots, by Charles Perrault , Fred Marcellino, and Malcolm Arthur
April's Kittens by Clare Turlay Newberry
Andy and the Lion by James Henry Daugherty
Figaro Cat Who Snored by Jean-Baptiste Baronian and Martina Kinder
Three Cat and Mouse Tales by Marilyn Helmer
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
That’s Not My Lion by Fiona Watt
Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
In The Lion & The Mouse, it just goes to show that “The Powerful” showed mercy and “The Weak” showed deliverance. Excellent book. 5 stars!
The Lion & the Mouse
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis