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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I call The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom, illustrated by Nahta Noj a throwback because it's a new version of the Aesop Fable.  The geometric digital art is done with bold color choices.  It begins with a die-cut circle for the lion's eye and all through the book there are die-cut pages. 
This retelling has the fresh idea of the lion helping the hungry mouse get to some berries.  It then turns more traditional with the capture of the lion and the mouse coming to the rescue.  I also like the friendship between the lion and mouse in which this tale ends.  The story builds suspense, has great page turns, and and I think the shapely and a bit distorted look to art is a bonus. 
I'll use this with PreK and K in Storytime.  It will be a great variant to use with 2nd and 3rd grade when they are studying traditional stories and looking for different telling of old favorites.

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