The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse is a classic fairy tale. Judy Shinohara rewrote it for Level 1 readers.

Fairy Tale Fantasy.

A lion is sleeping in the forest. His head is on his front legs. He is sleeping peacefully.

A small, timid mouse is running. She runs into the lion.

“Woah! A lion!” says the little mouse.

She is scared and she tries to run away. She bumps the lions nose accidentally.

The lion wakes up and sees the mouse. He angrily put his foot on the mouse.

The lion’s big foot can kill the little mouse.

“Please don’t kill me!” begs the poor mouse. “Please let me go. Someday, I will repay you!”

The lion laughs. He thinks that a little mouse can’t help a lion.

“You will repay me?” repeats the lion. “There is no way for you to help me. I am a big, strong lion. You are a small, weak mouse.”

But the lion is generous. A mouse is too small for dinner, anyway. He let the mouse go free.


A few days later, the lion is hunting in the forest. He walks around and looks for animals to eat.

He doesn’t look down, so he doesn’t see the trap. The lion steps into the net. He is caught in the ropes. He can’t get free. He is stuck.

The lion is angry and scared. He roars and roars loudly.

The mouse is nearby. She hears the lion’s roars. She runs to the lion and finds him. She sees that he is stuck in a net. She runs to one of the ropes. She bites the rope. She chews and chews on the rope.

Finally, the rope snaps. The net is loose! With effort, the lion can escape from the net. He is free.

The mouse smiles at the lion. “You laughed when I said I would repay you,” said the mouse. “Now do you see? Even a mouse can help a lion.”

Published by Judy Shinohara

Hello! I’m Judy, living in Japan. I write fun stories for people who are studying English. I also teach English and study Japanese.

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