The lion and the mouse fable short story
The Lion and the Mouse by AesopTitle: The Lion and the Mouse
Author: Aesop (Rand Burkett retelling)
Illustrator: Nancy Ekholm Burkert
Theme(s): Helping others, kindness, trust, repaying favors
Opening line/sentence: One day mouse, hurrying home, lost his way on a rocky ridge.
Brief Book Summary: This fable is about a mouse who almost gets killed by a lion. When the lion lets the mouse go, the mouse says he’ll repay the lion, and does, by freeing the lion from a hunter’s net he later gets caught in.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
(2) K-3 Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Nancy Ekholm Burkert brings her meticulous style to Aesops classic, setting it--as did Jerry Pinkney in The Lion and the Mouse--in Africa. Rand Burkerts character-revealing, story-advancing dialogue is the sort to captivate a group. Its an admirable complement to the matchless Pinkney volume, sure to invite productive comparison. Authors and illustrators notes are appended.
Professional Recommendation/Review #2:
In jaunty prose, first-time author Rand Burkert—the illustrator’s son—retells Aesop’s fable of the mouse who stumbles over a lion (“Sire, I took you for a mountain—honestly!”) and pleads for his freedom (“You might need me someday, in a pinch”); the mouse fulfills the prediction by gnawing him free from a hunter’s net. “You shall also be free, Mouse!” says the lion. “I grant you liberty to climb every mountain in my kingdom.” Caldecott Honoree Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s (Snow-White and the Seven Dwarves) exquisitely drafted spreads celebrate the beauty of the African savannah, often from a mouse’s-eye view: a graceful blade of grass, a moth’s wing, the thorns of the scrubby African shrubs. Moments of drama are sometimes represented in a series of spot illustrations, the present instant in full color, those past or yet to come in pale blue, a lovely way of expressing time on an unmoving page. Creamy paper, a spare layout, and fine typography combine to create an object that reminds readers of the physical pleasures of books; it’s a gratifying addition to Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s small but treasured oeuvre. All ages. (Oct.)
Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both of these reviews were positive when speaking about this story. They commented mostly on illustrations, rather than the actual story itself though. They enjoyed the soft colored illustrations that were used, and praised mostly everything about this particular version of the classic Aesop Fable.
Evaluation of Literary Elements: The illustrations were very nice, using watercolor with pencil outlines. I also really liked that they went from one end of the page to the other; not necessarily covering the entire page, but stretching across it. This had a wonderful effect by making the drawings feel more life like, therefore the reader felt more engaged in the story. The colors were soft and not overwhelming, which was also a positive touch.
Consideration of Instructional Application: To use this story in the classroom, you could have students role play it in small groups to check for understanding. Once this is done, as a reflection activity, they could write about a time they helped someone that they might not have wanted to help. This could lead to a discussion about how important it is to help others, even if we don’t want to.
The Lion & the Mouse
A Lion was caught in a net by freed by a Mouse that had, before, bothered the Lion. They became friends. Everyone has need of the other. Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him. This soon awakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon the Mouse and opened his big jaws to swallow him. Some time after, the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters tied him to a tree.
Sometimes you just don't feel like it! This fable reminds us that we better be nice even when it's hard or we don't feel like it because we may need some kindness too someday! A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion's nose. The Lion was much amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go. Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the Lion was caught in the toils of a hunter's net.
There was once a little Kid whose growing horns made him think he was a grown-up Billy Goat and able to take care of himself. So one evening when the flock started home from the pasture and his mother called, the Kid paid no heed and kept right on nibbling the tender grass. A little later when he lifted his head, the flock was gone. He was all alone. The sun was sinking. Long shadows came creeping over the ground. A chilly little wind came creeping with them making scary noises in the grass.
The Lion and the Mouse story
Bibliographic Information best version for telling :. Wood, A. The Lion and the Mouse. Ethnic Origin: Aesop fables come from ancient Greece. Running Time: 3 to 4 minutes. Power Center s : The terror the mouse feels when he is caught by the lion and the hopelessness the lion feels when he is caught in the net. Characters: Lion.