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Mouse and Lionby Rand Burkert and Nancy Ekholm Burkert
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From the illustrator of the classic edition of Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs
On a ridge above the Kalihari,
Lion naps, until Mouse bumbles into him,
willy-nilly, startling him awake.
After a show of teeth, Lion is softened
by Mouse's pledge of loyalty
and sets him free.
When a cold moon brings a humbling lesson,
Lion comes to recognize
Mouse's keen skill, and deeper kindness.
Mouse and Lion, Aesop's fabled duo,
renew their ancient bond
in this warm retelling by Rand Burkert,
illuminated by the authentic natural detail
of Nancy Ekholm Burkert's art.
"In jaunty prose, first-time author Rand Burkert — the illustrator's son — retells Aesop's fable of the mouse who stumbles over a lion ('Sire, I took you for a mountain — honestly!') and pleads for his freedom ('You might need me someday, in a pinch'); the mouse fulfills the prediction by gnawing him free from a hunter's net. 'You shall also be free, Mouse!' says the lion. 'I grant you liberty to climb every mountain in my kingdom.' Caldecott Honoree Nancy Ekholm Burkert's (Snow-White and the Seven Dwarves) exquisitely drafted spreads celebrate the beauty of the African savannah, often from a mouse's-eye view: a graceful blade of grass, a moth's wing, the thorns of the scrubby African shrubs. Moments of drama are sometimes represented in a series of spot illustrations, the present instant in full color, those past or yet to come in pale blue, a lovely way of expressing time on an unmoving page. Creamy paper, a spare layout, and fine typography combine to create an object that reminds readers of the physical pleasures of books; it's a gratifying addition to Nancy Ekholm Burkert's small but treasured oeuvre. All ages." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
MOUSE and LION is Rand Burkert's first book.
Nancy Ekholm Burkert's first illustrations were for the original edition of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1961). Her picture books include THE NIGHTINGALE (1965); THE SCROOBIOUS PIP (1968); THE FIR TREE (1970); SNOW-WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1972), a Caldecott Honor Book; and VALENTINE and ORSON (1989).
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