Our friends, the Rathers, remembered I collect Caldecott books and gave us this book to celebrate June’s arrival. We love it! It’s called The Lion & the Mouse and it’s the most recent Caldecott award recipient. It’s by Jerry Pinkney and it tells the story of the famous fable. But. Because it’s wordless, the illustrations do all the story-telling. (Although, thankfully, there’s recap of the fable in the end notes. Very helpful for those of us who couldn’t remember how it went.)

This book is beautiful. It’s a perfect one for a slow afternoon — when you can take the time to let your kids explore the illustrations and think of what the story might be.