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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (original 1985; edition 1985)

by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

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Title:If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Authors:Laura Joffe Numeroff
Other authors:Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1985), Library Binding, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Picture book, Mouse, Cookie, Fiction, Fantasy, Children's book, Cause and Effect

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff (1985)



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This book was about a little mouse that got a cookie. After he got the cookie he kept asking for other things to.

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I have grew up with some many little kids running around my house, I know if you give anything to them, that one thing is never good enough. You have to keep giving them things or they will not stop begging for more.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. We could make a sequence chart, have them put in order what the mouse asked for in sequences.
2. Make a craft, have them cut out a mouse, cookie, milk, and straw. ( )
  KourtneyPhillips | Feb 10, 2016 |
To me, I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I remember enjoying it as a child but I do believe it reinforces good ideas. I think that this book could reinforce cause and effect relationships because of its transitions from page to page. The big idea or message I believe the story is trying to get across is the idea that every action results in a outcome or consequence.
The illustrations in the book absolutely enhance the story and make it more appealing to the audience it's aimed at. The illustrations are drawings and present a little boy with a mouse. I believe the illustrations, especially of the one towards the end of the mouse getting thirsty, was smart. It presents a story on the same level as a student could relate.
There are only two characters in the story (the mouse and the boy)- mice are usually an animal that students this book is aimed at know about. These characters are believable but the boy is never really detailed into very much - which could make it more difficult (or easier) for students to relate (could go either way)!
The main reason I'm only giving this book three stars is because, for me, I found that there wasn't much of a plot. This could make it difficult for younger children to be able to follow along. If a student misses one page of this book, it may throw them off all together which may defeat the main idea this book is trying to get across. ( )
  hfetty1 | Feb 9, 2016 |
The story is about a mouse who gets offered a cookie by a little boy. The mouse accepts the cookie but asks for others things as well, such as a glass of milk. After that, he starts asking the little boy for all kinds of things like a napkin, broom, mop, a place to take a nap, etc. The mouse runs the little boy all around the house getting everything the mouse is asking for. Just when the little boy is too exhausted to move and he thinks the mouse is done asking for things, the mouse asks for another glass of milk, which turns into another cookie.

Personal Reflection
I thought this book was very cute. The book is a little older so the illustration was not as good as some that have been made recently, but you were still able to tell what was happening in the story. I can relate to this book because I babysit and I know what it is like running around the house trying to find that certain blanket or their favorite toy that they cannot find.

Classroom Extensions
1. I would let the students eat a cookie, have a glass of milk, a straw, and place a napkin beside them so that they are physically doing almost all of the same things that the mouse is doing.
2. After the story is read, the students could draw me a picture of what they think the mouse will want next after he asked for the second cookie at the end of the story. ( )
  MeganHeinrich | Feb 3, 2016 |
This would be a great book and/or series to use in kindergarten when introducing different lessons.
  whitneyosborne | Jan 31, 2016 |
This is a story about a boy and a mouse. The mouse wants a cookie and when the boy gives him a cookie it leads to a long list of other things the mouse will want. The mouse wants a cookie then a glass of milk then he wants a straw and napkin and so on. The author ends the story by not saying what the mouse will ask for next. This element of suspense allows children to infer what the mouse will want next.
The illustrations are very colorful showing the mouse having his cookie, milk, straw, napkin...... ( )
  jproc55 | Jan 27, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laura Joffe Numeroffprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bond, FeliciaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aoyama, MinamiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lobel, MichaelComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mlawer, TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wetzel, SuzanneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Florence & William Numeroff, the two best parents anyone could ever possibly want! - LJN
To Carolyn Prescott - FB
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If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk.
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In Laura Joffe Numeroff, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the mouse causes she comotion for the boy he meets outside. The story begins with his mother leving the boy home to visit their aunt. The boy decides to stay at home and read his comic book outside. As the boy reads and eats his bag of cookies, he meets the hungry, yet amable mouse. The mouse asks for a cookie, and the boy generously gives him one of his. Yet as the readers read on we see that do to this one act of kindness from the boy, the mouse continues to ask for more things. After eating the cookie, the mouse asks for a glass of milk, and then a straw, a napkin, a mirror, and such forth. The mouse shows that he can never be content with what he is given, and must ask for more. It is as if the mouse can never be fully satisfied. Even thugh the mouse seems so entusiastic and friendly, he does mess up the boy's kitchen and things. As a result, when the mother returns home from visiting the boy's aunt, the mother is not too happy. The story ends with the mouse continually asking for more things and chatting away with the mother.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060245867, Hardcover)

Who would ever suspect that a tiny little mouse could wear out an energetic young boy? Well, if you're going to go around giving an exuberantly bossy rodent a cookie, you'd best be prepared to do one or two more favors for it before your day is through. For example, he'll certainly need a glass of milk to wash down that cookie, won't he? And you can't expect him to drink the milk without a straw, can you? By the time our hero is finished granting all the mouse's very urgent requests--and cleaning up after him--it's no wonder his head is becoming a bit heavy. Laura Joffe Numeroff's tale of warped logic is a sure-fire winner in the giggle-generator category. But concerned parents can rest assured, there's even a little education thrown in for good measure: underneath the folly rest valuable lessons about cause and effect. Felicia Bond's hilarious pictures are full of subtle, fun details. Fans will be happy to know that this dynamic author-illustrator pair teamed up again for If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. (Great read aloud, ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.

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