The lion and the mouse is one of aesops fables numbered 150 in the perry indexthere are also eastern variants of the story all of which demonstrate mutual dependence regardless of size or status in the renaissance the fable was provided with a sequel condemning social ambition. A lion lay asleep in the forest his great head resting on his paws a timid little mouse came upon him unexpectedly and in her fright and haste to get away ran across the lions nose. The lion extends mercy to the mouse who promises to repay the favor someday the lion laughs at the thought that someone so small could make a difference for himself but many years later he is caught in a trap and the mouse is able to free him. The lion and the mouse is a caldecott medal award winning book by the wonderful jerry pinkney that is about how a bold lion realizes that the smallest creature can be a big help when he is trapped in a predicament that he cannot get out of. A lion lay asleep in the forest his great head resting on his paws a timid little mouse came upon him unexpectedly and in her fright and haste to get away ran across the lions nose
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