Theodore And The Talking Mushroom by Leo LionniTheodore And The Talking Mushroom by Leo Lionni

Theodore And The Talking Mushroom

byLeo Lionni

Picture Books | March 10, 2009

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From four-time Caldecott Honor-winner Leo Lionni, this classic fable is a quirky conversation-starter about honesty.

Theodore, a little mouse, lives with a lizard that can grow a new tail, a frog that can swim underwater, and a turtle that can close up like a box. But Theodore has no special talents of his own. When he discovers a mushroom that says “Quirp,” Theodore tells his friends that this is the only talking mushroom in the world, and that “quirp” means that he should be venerated above all animals. The word spreads, and Theodore is bestowed with a crown—until the truth comes out. When his friends learn that they’ve been deceived, Theodore discovers that he does have a special talent—running away very fast!

This tall tale provides an excellent starting-point for discussions of honesty.
Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Awa...
Title:Theodore And The Talking MushroomFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.12 × 9.06 × 0.35 inPublished:March 10, 2009Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375845518

ISBN - 13:9780375845512

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Editorial Reviews

“A fresh and relevant fable about peer pressure, self-esteem, and the consequences of telling a whopper. The droll sponge-textured collage artwork, vocabulary-stretching language, and subtly expressed themes make this a great choice for more sophisticated picture book readers.” —School Library Journal