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Classical Kids Storytime: 'The Mouse and the Lion'

The lion snatched Minerva by her tail. Nancy Carlson for MPR
8min 34sec : Classical Kids Storytime: The Mouse and the Lion

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Once upon a time, there was a mouse named Minerva who was captured by a lion. She pleaded for her life, saying she might be able to help him one day. Laughing at the silly promise from such a tiny creature, he let her go. Good thing for him!

Find out what happens next in The Mouse and the Lion, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring music by Gustav Mahler and original illustrations by Minnesota children's author Nancy Carlson. (See more of her illustrations in the gallery below.)

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More: Other Classical Kids Storytime adventures

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Educators: Classical Kids Storytime meets Common Core Standards



Our telling of The Mouse and the Lion includes the following work and recording:

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Titan)
Polish National Radio Symphony, conducted by Michael Halasz
Naxos 8.550522

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.


Storyteller: Julie Amacher, with Scott Blankenship
Story: Julie Amacher and Scott Blankenship
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

'The Mouse and the Lion' Nancy Carlson for MPR
One day, after gathering her favorite juicy, red berries, Minerva headed home to enjoy her feast. Nancy Carlson for MPR
When Minerva arrived home, she was shocked to find a lion blocking her doorway. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The lion snatched Minerva by her tail. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Minerva scampered away as fast she could into her little mouse house. Nancy Carlson for MPR
While Minerva was out gathering bits of leaves to line her bed, she heard a sound on the wind. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Minerva followed the sound, realizing it was the voice of the lion who had decided not to eat her. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Minerva found the roaring lion thrashing around, holding his front paw to his chest. Nancy Carlson for MPR
'What is it? Is it bad? Will I ever be able to walk or run again?' the lion said. Nancy Carlson for MPR
'A-ha, I see -- you have a thorn stuck way down in your paw,' Minerva said. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Minerva grabbed the thorn again and gave another hard pull. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Minerva held up the thorn and said, 'Mr. Lion, you can stop crying now. It's out.' Nancy Carlson for MPR
Minerva hopped up on the Lion's back to hitch a ride home. Nancy Carlson for MPR

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