While I was perusing new children's books I came across the new Jerry Pinkney. He is one of the most prolific illustrators and has won numerous awards and accolades over his 40 year career. He also seems like a nice person. (There is a great video on the publishers website that shows how he created this book at www. hatchettebookgroup.com/kids ) I have always like his artwork because it is warm and inviting.
The first thing that struck me about his new wordless picture book is the beautiful face of the lion on the cover. I have always loved lions.....there is something about the strength and the warmth of a lions face. I have wondered what it would be like to hug one.
The Lion & the Mouse is a beautiful version of the Aesop Fable we all know. Since it is wordless the illustrations are all the more important to tell the story. This is a great wordless book to "read" at story time because it makes the children do the "reading" and the "telling" of the story. It is to be enjoyed by all!