The Lion & the Mouse
. Little Brown and Co. Books for Young Readers, , Little, Brown and Company . NY
PZ8.2.P456 Lion 2009 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I already list a copy of the first printing that I received as a gift. This copy, from the fourth printing, adds a Caldecott Medal Award gold seal on the front dust-jacket. As I wrote there, my form lists Pinkney as the author. Actually, the story of LM is beautifully presented almost without words. The only words one finds here are words like Squeak and Roar. Pinkney himself sums up the tale in the Artist's Note on the last page. On this page one also finds most of the bibliographical information. Pinkney's presentation is strong and winning. As he himself says, he ends up expanding the fable, especially by the inclusion of family. His art still reminds me of Frederick Richardson. The flyleaf is right: this is a stunningly rendered wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables. This is a new fable book that was worth the effort of making a new fable book!