The Lion and the Mouse: A Retelling of Aesop's Fable
This book is 6 x 8½ and has 24 pages. The illustrations were painted with gouache. The story is well told. Text and illustrations make for a lively telling of the fable. The mouse in this version wakes up from a nap and is looking for a snack. He is enjoying the smells of the world. He finds himself in front of a snoring lion. The lion yawns and then cleverly comments that he has been awakened by a snack (10). The lion is apparently netted within minutes of his encounter with the mouse. The lion here shows a kind side by telling the solicitous mouse to run away before the hunters catch him too. The mouse has to climb the tree to get at the net. There is an excellent pair of repeated lines here: You have your freedom. You owe me nothing. Perhaps the two strongest illustrations are on 10-11 and 12-13; the latter is repeated as the front cover. This book is the fourth that I have from Picture Window Books and the first on the Green Level. Reinforced library binding.
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