The Lion and the Mouse
. Houghton Mifflin Company . Boston
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Here is an extra copy of the first printing of this book, with a dust-jacket. A very pleasing sideways book. Like Jones' other two fable books (TMCM, '94, and TH, '96), the special feature of this book is the peep-hole at the center of the page showing the highlight of a coming or past scene, respectively. This book also presents an unusual expanded version of LM. In the beginning, Mouse, who has been living in the hold of the ship Indiana, falls overboard and lands on the shore of a jungle island. Here Lion roars before his nap. Monkey saves Mouse from the jaws of Crocodile. Mouse then falls from Monkey's back right onto Lion's nose. Later he almost falls into Hippopotamus' mouth and wakes up facing Python, who is about to swallow him. After releasing Lion, he rides back to the Indiana on the back of Turtle. Delightful art, with charming little side-pieces on the text pages.