The Lion and the Mouse
. Random House . NY ,
PZ8.2.H43 Li 2003 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a later printing, and indeed a later version, of a book already in the collection, though I can find no acknowledgement that this later printing came at a later date. The format of both covers has changed, inside and out, as has the Note to Parents. Now this book is identified as Step 1 on its cover and title-page. The series seems to have changed from Early Step into Reading to Step into Reading. The interior of the presentation seems the same. Here is what I wrote back then: Part 1, Little Mouse, opens with two great two-page spreads: Big Lion and Big Trouble. There is a good laughing lion on 11. Part 2 starts with Big Lion. Big net. When you turn the page, you find Big, big trouble! The final two-page spread of the lion carrying the mouse on his head into the sunset is splendid. This little book has perhaps the boldest moral I have seen for this fable: Always help others. Perhaps the poorest illustration is the squinting one on the cover! I found this hardbound version shortly after I had ordered the paperbound version from Barnes and Noble.