The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012
Format: Wordless Picture Book
Award: 2010 Caldecott Medal
A wordless twist on one of Aesop’s well-known fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap.
The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” never was truer. The pencil and watercolor illustrations carry the book since it is wordless. The illustrations are vivid and beautifully show the landscape of the African Serengeti and the characters’ faces are extremely expressive.
Perfect for retelling or creating your own story. Great book to introduce picture walks.