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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:TED 255
Tags:Cookie, Giving

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



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This book is about the consequences that come after you give a mouse a cookie. The mouse will ask for milk to dip his cookie in. Then he'll ask for a straw and a napkin. After that, he will ask for a mirror to check for a milk mustache. This continues throughout the book.

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This story was one of my favorites as a child. I remember baking cookies in the classroom and eating them will a glass of milk while reading the book. I like the way the book introduces cause and effect. If you give a mouse a cookie, then the effect is, he will want some milk... and it continues from there.

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1. In the classroom, we could bake our own cookies and drink a glass of milk.
2. We could also learn about order sequence. I can cut out picture pieces from the book (cookie, milk, mirror, etc.) and have the children put them order according to the story. ( )
  angela.knox | Sep 3, 2014 |
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you gave a mouse a cookie? Well, have no fear! Laura Joffe Numeroff explains in great detail what will occur should you share your chocolate chip treats with this rambunctious rodent. ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 30, 2014 |
This story is about a mouse who gets a cookie. Once he gets a cookie he continues to ask for several of differnt items one after another. He asks for milk after the cookie, then asks for a straw after the milk and so on so forth. Untill he has gone through a whole list of items he ends up being thirsty again. Only for the whole thing to start all over again.

Person Experience:
When I was a teachers aid the students loved it when we read this book in class. My children love reading this story as well.

Classroom Extension:
1. In the classroom one thing that you could do as a teacher is once you read one page, stop and ask the students what do they think will or should happen next.
2. The teacher could ask the students their oppinion of how the little boy feels about the mouse asking for so many different things. ( )
  shelby22 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Summary: This book is about the extra chores that go along with giving a mouse a cookie. If you give a mouse a cookie, it then asks for milk, a straw, a broom, and endless other things. After all of the demands are completed, the night is sealed with one last cookie.
Genre: Picture Book
Review: I loved this book and just thought the idea was so cute. I remember reading this book in the second grade in order to learn about "circular writing" which is simply writing in a circle. The book starts with the mouse wanting a cookie and ends with it too. I would use it the same way in my classroom.
  mroque | Jun 8, 2014 |
This is one of my favorite kids books, a great one to have a stuffed animals lying around your classroom as well since its easy to get this book in a set with a couple other stories. ( )
  mariah21 | May 15, 2014 |
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For Florence & William Numeroff, the two best parents anyone could ever possibly want! - LJN
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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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