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The Lion and the Mouse; Classic Tales: Leveled Literacy Intervention My Take- home 6 Pak Books (Book , Level J, Fiction) Green System, Grade 1 [Aleksey.
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Other than some squeaks, hoots and one enormous roar, Pinkney's Little Red Riding Hood interpretation of Aesop's fable is wordless-as is its striking cover, which features only a head-on portrait of the lion's face. Mottled, tawny illustrations show a mouse unwittingly taking refuge on a lion's back as it scurries away from an owl. The large beast grabs and then releases the tiny creature, who later frees the lion who has become tangled in a hunter's snare. Pinkney enriches this classic tale of friendship with another universal theme-family-affectingly illustrated in several scenes as well as in the back endpapers, which show the lion walking with his mate and cubs as the mouse and her brood ride on his back.
Pinkney's artist's note explains that he set the book in Africa's Serengeti, "with its wide horizon and abundant wildlife so awesome yet fragile-not unlike the two sides of each of the heroes. Pinkney has no need for words; his art speaks eloquently for itself. PreS-Gr 3-This story starts on the cover with the glorious, golden countenance of a lion. No text is necessary to communicate the title: The endpapers and artist's note place these creatures among the animal families of the African Serengeti.
Each spread contributes something new in this nearly wordless narrative, including the title opening, on which the watchful rodent pauses, resting in one of the large footprints that marches across the gutter. In some scenes, Pinkney's luminous art, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, suggests a natural harmony, as when the cool blues of the sky are mirrored in the rocks and acacia tree. In other compositions, a cream-colored background focuses attention on the exquisitely detailed and nuanced forms of the two main characters.
Varied perspectives and the judicious use of panels create interest and indicate time.
Sounds are used sparingly and purposefully-an owl's hoot to hint at offstage danger or an anguished roar to alert the mouse of the lion's entrapment. Contrast this version with Pinkney's traditional treatment of the same story complete with moral in Aesop's Fables North-South, The ambiguity that results from the lack of words in this version allows for a slower, subtle, and ultimately more satisfying read.
Moments of humor and affection complement the drama. A classic tale from a consummate artist.
Thank you for using the catalog. Little, Brown and Co. Books for Young Readers, . In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle. Fables -- Juvenile literature. Stories without words -- Juvenile literature.
Pinkney has also given himself over entirely to the Serengeti landscape. Each animal has been meticulously researched and rendered here. On a first read I was skeptical as to whether or not the owl featured in the book would actually exist in this African landscape. Pinkney has researched this puppy out the wazoo, and the result is a book that fairly pops with accuracy. I have a strange appreciation for any artist who can accurately portray well-proportioned mouse feet. Mice do not have attractive feet. They are long and pink with their toes all scrunched on one end and their heels too far away to look good on the other.
And from time to time I did also wonder about scale. Next to her three ants walk the length of a single piece of grass, even smaller than the mouse herself. The mouse can go from terrified to delighted and still look like a real mouse. If cats feel shame, the big cats must sometimes feel big time shame. Other choices made in the book are worth noting. The white poachers, for example, have their faces obscured when they appear to set up the trap that will snare the lion.
In doing so they take on the faceless void of villainy, without the artist having to render them cartoonish in their badness. There are words in this book, but they tend to be onomatopoetic. In the scene where the lion is lifted off the Serengeti floor no sound is made.
You just see the wide-open mouth and rolling eyes. Below the sound, four panels show the mouse scurrying to the rescue below. This use of panels gives the already near silent book a kind of silent movie feel. Like a graphic novel, The Lion and the Mouse finds use for panels, white space, timing and inserts of dialogue, such as it is. It is able to use the best of both the comic world and the picture book world.
Pinkney has expanded his medium with this book and the payoff is evident. Kids are often willing to dig them, but for a parent a wordless book means a lot of interaction with their child, and some folks are squeamish about poring over a single title for too long. The nice thing about The Lion and the Mouse is that it hooks you from the cover onward. View all 4 comments. Oct 04, GoldGato rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodness gracious, this is a book that can't just sit on a shelf in a bookstore.
Try walking past it This book is a silent movie on paper.
The tale "do unto others" is told by art only. Your children will want to turn the pages themselves so they can see the great maned lion and the pesky little mouse work things out. And once your child is done, take the book and stand it up on your bookshelf with cover front-and-center, fo Goodness gracious, this is a book that can't just sit on a shelf in a bookstore.
And once your child is done, take the book and stand it up on your bookshelf with cover front-and-center, for this volume deserves the spotlight. This book is truly meant to be enjoyed via paper, not electronic tablet. Jan 03, Manybooks rated it really liked it Shelves: With a plethora of detailed depictions of the African savannah, its flora and fauna, The Lion and the Mouse is not only a stunning visual feast, there are also of course the messages of the original fable present, that good deeds have their rewards, that to be kind and with the case of the lion in many ways acting against his instinctive carnivorous nature with regard to the mouse have or least can have positive and life-saving results and that while the mouse shows much courage gnawing through the ropes to release the lion, so does equally so the lion when he originally sends the mouse on her way back to her family, when he neither attacks nor eats her.
View all 3 comments. Jan 18, Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is an absolutely gorgeous book. The book had me riveted from the wordless cover, This is an absolutely gorgeous book. Animals are the humane ones here, the heroes, certainly not the humans who thankfully make only a brief appearance. Highly sensitive children and adults! View all 10 comments. Mar 08, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: What more can be said about Pinkney's award-winning and justifiably so gem of a wordless story?
Personally, I think it is beautifully portrayed--I love the African savanna setting, and the expressions of the lion and the mouse tell the story perfectly. Sep 18, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a wordless picture book that illustrates one of Aesop's fables, "The Lion and the Mouse. View all 5 comments. Mar 10, Ann rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ann by: This is an almost entirely wordless book. The only words are "sounds" - and owl hooting, the mouse squeaking, etc.
The illustrations are simply lovely and I was amazed that Pinkney could convey the emotion he did while still managing to keep the animals looking "real. Let me simply say that it isn't a thorn in the paw this time. I especially enjoyed the author's note, where Pinkney says that he was, as This is an almost entirely wordless book.
I especially enjoyed the author's note, where Pinkney says that he was, as a child, enthralled with the idea of the tiny prevailing over the mighty. But, that as he grew, he realized that what was truly special was the equality both the creatures had. Jul 19, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn't expect this book to be wordless, but Pinkney does a fine job of telling this traditional fable, set in Africa, clearly and with style.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
He truly deserved the Caldecott Award he won with this one! Even the endpapers tell part of the story. The detail and the color in the pictures made me want to gaze at each one for several minutes, so it took me a while to get through the book. Those mice are so cute! Feb 03, Luann rated it it was amazing Shelves: This Caldecott Medal winner is entirely wordless except for animal sounds such as the lion roaring or the mouse squeaking. On one page there is also the putt-putt of the poachers' jeep. The illustrations here are, of course, amazing!
They tell the story in such an expressive way. I especially love the many expressions on both the lion's face and the mouse's face throughout the story. I'm sure it's no accident that we don't see the faces of the human poachers. Pinkney mentions in his Artist's Note This Caldecott Medal winner is entirely wordless except for animal sounds such as the lion roaring or the mouse squeaking. Pinkney mentions in his Artist's Note at the end that he found it gratifying to have both the lion and the mouse head-to-head on the book's jacket, "each commanding powerful space and presence.
I just had one question: Why does the mouse bring the knot from the net back to her family? Mar 01, Carolynne rated it it was amazing Shelves: This nearly wordless retelling of the Aesop Fable, set in the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya, won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished book of Jerry Pinkney richly deserves the award for his detailed watercolor, pencil, and colored pencil illustrations which enhance the original fable by adding a family for the courageous mouse and adding selective animal sounds.
The glorious endpages set the story in context by picturing giraffe, zebra, elephant, and other animal famili This nearly wordless retelling of the Aesop Fable, set in the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya, won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished book of The glorious endpages set the story in context by picturing giraffe, zebra, elephant, and other animal families. Apr 20, Michelle Sherbet Lemon rated it really liked it Shelves: Perfect rendition of this story! Nov 09, Joanna Marple rated it it was amazing. Who Who Whooo Synopsis: A wee small mouse escapes the claws of a hungry owl, only to find herself trapped within the paw of a huge lion.
The lion releases the mouse on a whim. Before he knows it the lion is caught and bound in thick ropes, high above the ground. In her mouth she leaves with one of the knots of rope, which she gives her family of tiny babies at home in their nest to play with. This is a masterpiece of paintings of African flora and fauna. Each animal and plant has been thoroughly researched and rendered in beautiful detail. I appreciate that while Pinkney has given sweet character to the facial expressions of lion and mouse in particular, he has gone for a realistic look.
While not a group read-aloud, many children will revel in this visual story-telling — a tale of karma, and even the tiniest of kind acts will somehow have their reward. This is a fabulous addition to units on fables, African wildlife or even perspective and scale. Jan 19, Adriana Villagomez rated it it was amazing. Have you ever thought that as long as you do good, good will be done back to you?
Well that is what happens in this story. In this version, there are no words, only pictures, that guide the imagination. The main characters are the lion and the mouse. As in the original fable, the mouse accidentally wakes up a lion and is caught in his grasp. The moral of the story is that even the smallest can save the mightiest. This book in particular has very vivid and detailed illustrations that take you into the plains of Africa.
Since there are no words in this story, it seemed all of the detail and effort went into the illustrations. This is a very valuable story because it has a moral to it that can be perceived in many different ways. They may not necessarily be realistic, like the Lion and the Mouse, but can be applied to everyday life and is a valuable book any teacher should have.
Oct 03, Erin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jerry Pinkney's Caldecott winner, The Lion and the Mouse, is a beautiful, wordless, rendition of Aesop's traditional fable. A humble mouse finds its way into the hands of a lion. In an uncharacteristic act of kindness, the lion releases the mouse, who is then able to return to its nest full of babies. Meanwhile, the lion is captured by poachers and his fierce roar of frustration and fear is heard by mouse. Remembering the lion's act of kindness, the mouse is able to chew through the rope and fre Jerry Pinkney's Caldecott winner, The Lion and the Mouse, is a beautiful, wordless, rendition of Aesop's traditional fable.
Remembering the lion's act of kindness, the mouse is able to chew through the rope and free the lion. Pinkney's stunning illustrations bring this traditional tale to life and tell the story with such vivid color, tone, and imagery, that words are hardly missed. In the author's note, I was particularly struck by Pinkney's appreciation for the kindness of both animals and describes both the mouse and the lion as "equally large at heart.
The Lion and the Mouse
Pinkney's juxtaposition of the two animals adds to the beauty of the story. I would recommend this book for use in a variety of elementary grades. The fable itself is a great springboard for discussing kindness, courage and standing up for others. It would also be a great tool for inspiring writers as well. Mar 29, Teeny rated it liked it. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes Summary: Picture Book Fable Topics: Africa, kindness and charity, courage, and loyalty Literary elements: His illustrations are very detailed and depict the characters well.
I believe this particular book would be a great read aloud for children in the primary classrooms. It allows the children to predict by using their imaginations. Feb 20, Dolly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Amazing illustrations accompany the classic Aesop's fable in this wordless book. Animal noises and the expressive illustrations alone tell the tale magnificently and this work of art is well worth its Caldecott Medal nod.
Our girls loved the pictures and really enjoyed the "story" without words, helping me tell them the tale. This book was also s Amazing illustrations accompany the classic Aesop's fable in this wordless book. Apr 14, Morgan rated it it was amazing. I have never read this book before, but after reading this in the library, it became another one of my favorite children's books. It is an actual picture book without any words, which made me enjoy it even more because it made me really concentrate on the photos instead of the text.
It also made me really think about what the storyline behind this was, which has never happened before. After finishing the book, I realized that the storyline behind this book was about a mouse who takes refuge on a I have never read this book before, but after reading this in the library, it became another one of my favorite children's books. After finishing the book, I realized that the storyline behind this book was about a mouse who takes refuge on a lion's back as it scurries away from an owl.
The large beast grabs and then releases the tiny creature, who later frees the lion who has become tangled in a hunter's snare. I thought this was a neat storyline and the pictures really captured it without having to use words. All in all, I would have this book in my classroom since it helps children try to come up with the storyline based on the pictures and would be a great class discussion.
It also teaches kids the importance of friends and that even small friends can turn out to be great friends. Aug 28, Angela Bailey rated it it was amazing Shelves: The lion and the mouse. Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: Moments of humor and affection complement the drama. Section source used to find the material: Ages 4 to 8. Dec 10, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought this book was going to a simple story of "The Lion and the Mouse" except Jerry Pinkney did the creative thinking and used pictures and sound to write the story.
Don't get me wrong it is the same story from Aesop's Fables but I fell in love with this story simply by the illustrations. The illustrations brought the animals to life and the use of colors and the way it is drawn just left me utterly speechless how this book is a children's story. He drew words to create the sound of wind or I thought this book was going to a simple story of "The Lion and the Mouse" except Jerry Pinkney did the creative thinking and used pictures and sound to write the story.
He drew words to create the sound of wind or the animals in the wildlife and for a second I believe I was in Africa watching the Lion almost making the mouse his snack! The power of creativity and literature will always be a powerful tool to our children's and society and I feel that this book did exactly that motto and so much more! Fantastic job and beautiful illustrations! Thank you Jerry Pinkney!! Aug 31, Andrea rated it it was amazing. I thought this book showed a good message to people of all ages. It shows that through tough times those who you thought wouldn't help you do in fact come around.
In this story, the mouse who is trying to get away from danger ends up with a lion. Who had originally made plans to eat him,after some time the lion decides to let the mouse go. To return the favor for the lion letting go of the mouse, the mouse helps the lion who becomes trapped. Although the mouse is tiny compared to the big lion, h I thought this book showed a good message to people of all ages.
Although the mouse is tiny compared to the big lion, he was able to free the lion from the poachers trap. It is a cute book that lets the reader interpret the pictures of a uncommon friendship between a lion and a mouse. Aug 26, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another book for the Caldecott Challenge, though given my recent obsession with Jerry Pinkney books, I would've read it sometime soon anyways. This book won the Caldecott Award and although I enjoyed "All the World," this book is so beautifully illustrated, it is no wonder that it won.
Pinkney's books are literally works of art in and of themselves, and this book is no exception. I was surprised that this version of the Aesop fable was wordless, but the penciled and watercolored illustratio Another book for the Caldecott Challenge, though given my recent obsession with Jerry Pinkney books, I would've read it sometime soon anyways.