Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Lion and the Mouse

Wordless picture books are somewhat rare but useful tools in the world of literature. How can they teach without words to read?
They provide an open door to storytelling and elaboration on a well-known tale. They provide an opportunity for using imagination and personal vocabulary as well as sequencing skills. They promote the connection and importance of illustrations. They can be recognized as works of art and encourage artistic exploration.

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney provides a rich and glorious story of illustrations, with only a few animal sounds in print. A Caldecott Award Winner, this adaptation of one of Aesop's Fables is a grand choice to share with your listeners and to add to your child's library.

Dramatic Play Extension Idea:
After sharing The Lion & the Mouse, allow the children to portray the story by acting out the parts. They may even choose to add additional animals to the story. Simple props can be made by the children to add to the drama. Paper masks ideas can be found here.
With no written script to follow, they can enjoy the opportunity to develop their own thoughts and words as they retell this famous fable.

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