The Lion and the Mouse
. Advance Publishing . Houston, TX ,
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PZ8.S4187 Lio 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The back cover advertises this and the other books of this series as award-winning motivational character-building picture books. The overall series, Sommer-Time Story Series, has won over forty national awards. The front cover promises fun but mentions also courage, caring, and perseverance. This version of the story takes an unusual approach. Bitsie the mouse is having a very hard time finding food for her family and so she moves deliberately into the lion's den. She looks forward to getting food there only when Leo is asleep. Bitsie complicates things when her curiosity has her saying I wonder how the lion's chest feels. No, Bitsie! No! When nothing happens in her first probing of his chest, she gets bolder and bolder. Soon she is asking how his whiskers feel. After she is caught and released, she takes her family back to live with her forest friends. The book's best picture shows Leo's astonishment as he is netted and pulled up (11). All the other animals run from Leo's roaring, but Bitsie wants to stay true to her promise to help Leo. As she arrives, Leo tells her to go and find someone big and strong. Nice touch by the storyteller! Leo tries to send Bitsie away as the hunters approach, but she keeps on working. Bitsie jumps onto is name as Leo breaks away just in time. Leo offers to have Bitsie and her family live in his cave and share his food. This particular series, Sommer-Time Story Classics, contains some twelve fable books. This library edition has a cloth reinforced binding and is very sturdy. There are also video and read-along versions of these books with sound effects, and there are free online helps too.