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The Lion & The Mouse

by Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney presents classic Aesop Fable with stunning illustrations. This wordless picture book walk through with this tale with exploration and delight for readers of all ages. 

Wordless books are a powerful tool in developing literacy skills. With no words, students must figure out the plot with only illustrations and their imagination. A teacher may model storytelling techniques, predicting, and questioning. Attending to details such as body expressions and settings allows a reader to make inferences or relate with their own experiences. Encourage creative thinking using new ways to retell and practice new vocabulary within their language. Older students may choose to write their own words or dialogue. 

Here are some materials to support this beautiful book: 


Puppets for Retelling

While reading the story with a group, use props or puppets for other students to role play. 



This book contains asignifcant details on each page. Make a simple visual to sequence important events in this story. 

Sequence the story with simple pictures. 




Check out some vocabulary that can be used with the story. 


Describe and Compare

Compare the main characters in the story. 




Look at the pictures in the book - talk about words that are opposites from the story: large/ small, dark/light, trapped/ free, loud/quiet. 

Check out activities to further exploration about opposites: 




Compare objects by size

Compare different objects. Use visuals for prompts if needed. 

More activities to teach compare and contrast.




Compare other versions of this story. 


Aesop's Tales

Explore other fables by Aesop. Role play different characters and see if other can guess who you are. (Or adapt for a fun headbands game where students guess who they are as they wear their character on their forehead.)