Great Practice Reader: The Lion and the Mouse by Gail Herman

Picture Lion and Mouse bookcover
This Step Into Reading book retells the classic Aesop story of the lion and the mouse.

Description: In the story, a sleepy (and full) lion catches a tiny mouse. The mouse begs to be let go, promising that one day he will come to the aid of the lion if he ever needs it. Amused by the notion that such a tiny creature could help the 'King of Beasts', the lion lets the mouse go. The lion never expects to see him again, but as fate would have it, one day the lion gets trapped in a hunter's net and the mouse is able to fulfill his promise.


GoodBooksforKids image from Gail Hermans Lion and Mouse book
The artwork in this one is just charming. Lisa McCue does a fabulous job of making the characters attractive and her color palette is warm and delicious.




Great for Beginning Readers:::
There are very few words per page in this book and they are in large print -- which makes this book a great choice for beginning readers.

Some of the vocabulary was new to my children, but they were soon be able to memorize the new words and read the book for themselves.

My two (boy and girl) absolutely loved that they could real a book that told a real story for themselves. Reading "The Lion and the Mouse" built up their confidence by giving them a real sense of accomplishment.

Though the book was written as a primer it is just perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and non-reading kindergartners.

Pam T
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The Lion and the Mouse
by Gail Herman


Reading Information

Word Count: 83
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading level: 0.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 31592

  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0679886745
  • Look inside available
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Other "Lion and Mouse" practice readers at higher reading levels include
books by:

by Mark White

Reading Information
Word Count: 427
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 72165



by Bernadette Watts

Reading Information
Word Count: 534
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 41529
  • ISBN-10: 0735812209
  • Look Inside available
  • amazon


There is also an excellent wordless version for all ages.


by Jerry Pinkney

This book is gorgeous. The drawings are simply sumptuous and perfect for a wide range of children (and adults!). Pinkney tells the story perfectly without a word.

our review

Reading Information
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316013560
Look Inside available
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