An Aesop fable about the value of all– great and small– retold and illustrated by the legendary European artist Bernadette Watts.
When a lion cub spares the life of a mouse, the smallest animal of all promises his friendship to the king of the jungle. The lion doubts that a mouse could ever help him… until he finds himself trapped with no way of escape. Bernadette Watts brings this well-loved fable about the value of friendship in all shapes and sizes to life in luxurious illustrations.
Though many modern scholars dispute his existence, Aesop's life was chronicled by first century Greek historians who wrote that Aesop, or Aethiop, was born into Greek slavery in 620 B.C. Freed because of his wit and wisdom, Aesop supposedly traveled throughout Greece and was employed at various times by the governments of Athens and Corinth. Some of Aesop's most recognized fables are The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, and The Ant and the Grasshopper. His simple but effective morals are widely used and illustrated for children.