by Jerry Pinkney
New York: Little, Brown, 2009. unpaged. Picture Book.
Jerry Pinkney is at the height of his incredible powers in this new version of Aesop's beloved fable. Set in Africa's Serengeti Plains, the book practically explodes with the warmth and richness of life. Although the lion's presence dominates most pages, the verges teem with smaller life: ants carrying leaves, a big-eyed frog, birds, monkeys, and, of course, the mice. Essentially wordless, save for the sounds the animals make, Pinkney's version of the classic fable shows in every stroke the true power of compassion and tolerance.