The Lion and the Mouse: An Aesop Fable Retold and Illustrated by Bernadette Watts
. North-South Books . NY, London
PZ8.2.W35 Li 2000 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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©2000 by Nord-Süd Verlag AG, Gossau Zürich, and first published in Switzerland under the title Der Löwe und die Maus. This lovely oversized edition starts in a new way: a playful lion cub is awakened by a mouse scampering across his paw. Making the lion young allows, I think, for a different understanding of his boast that a mouse cannot help a lion. Though the art is still done for children, Watts creates one of the most realistic nets I have seen for the lion, who roars day and night. None of the animals can help him. Watts pays special attention to the surrounding creatures, including colorful snakes and birds. My favorites are the curious and attentive mongooses.