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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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Member:caitlin.wester
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
Rating:****
Tags:Cookie, Giving

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

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The story starts, "If you give a mouse a cookie....The mouse will then get thirsty and ask for a glass of milk. Then he will need a straw, then he'll need a napkin to clean his milk mustache, he'll need to look in a mirror and see he needs a trim so he'll ask for scissors, then he'll need a broom to clean up his mess, and it continues with other distractions the mouse may have. The story ends with the mouse hanging up his pictures he drew on the refrigerator and it reminds him that he is thirsty and he needs a glass of milk, and then he'll need a cookie to go with his milk.

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I loved this book because the child were super interested in it. I also like this book because it is a series.

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I would have the children draw a picture and hang it on the wall just like the mouse. I could have them practice writing their names. Another activity is cut up paper and pretend its hair and then give children small brooms and have them pick up the pieces.
  BrittanyCanales | Mar 26, 2015 |
Genre or Type of Picture Book: Fiction, Comedy, Humor Series Recommended for: Primary

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie is a great fiction book, for very young readers. The story is about a young boy who gives a little mouse a cookie, who then asks for so many other things, like milk, and a straw. The young boy learns that the mouse will only ask for more and more, which leaves the boy exhausted with a big mess to clean up. The book is great for young children because there are very real themes represented. The concept of sharing is a big one in this book, along with kindness and compassion. The real meaning of the book, might not be understood by young children, but some older children can recognize the hard work and compassion that goes into parenting. The illustrations in the book, help keep younger children engaged and able to follow the storyline. The bright colors incorporated seem to be entirely for younger readers, in order to further catch their attentions.
  sumnergreen8 | Mar 25, 2015 |
The first and best, because the consequences flow naturally from one disaster to another. The pictures on all of the books are excellent, and the stories are fun, but not as coherent as in this one. ( )
  librisissimo | Mar 24, 2015 |
This story is about a young boy who comes across a mouse and wants to help him. He shows the mouse he cares by giving him everything he asks for. The care and the kindness of the little boy shows how friendly and compassionate he is which is a great message towards young children. The illustrations in the book are wonderfully eye catching and really represent what the story is about. The characters in the story are well developed and you really see the compassion and friendliness of the little boy. The language and writing is entertaining and very engaging for younger students. ( )
  cwierz2 | Mar 24, 2015 |
"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is a wonderful book that a teacher would be able to use to help with predicting a sequence of events as they come along. ( )
  jlaurendine | Mar 17, 2015 |
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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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