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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 is a great book for young children to read, and was on of my favorite books growing up. The language is kept simple and clear, making it an easy read for all ages to comprehend. The writing is well paced with a different item being asked on each page. For example, the mouse gets a cookie and asks for a glass of milk, then the next page addresses how he will probably want a straw, and then a napkin. This makes it easier for the reader to follow and isn't an overwhelming amount of information on each page. The main character is a mouse and is very relatable to every day people. The main concept of the book, is that once you give someone something small, they are always going to want more, much like this mouse. The illustrations went along well with the text, and therefore made it easier for a weak reader to still understand what is happening in the story. The big idea is presented throughout the story as the mouse keeps asking from ore things and the boy in the story continues to give him what he wants. ( )
  agassa1 | Apr 20, 2015 |
I've not read the sequels, but I can imagine why they were written. Cumulative and sequential tales lend themselves well to all sorts of literacy activities, plus they're fun! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
In this classic book, a young boy finds out what would happen if he gave a mouse a cookie. The following journey is unexpected and humorous as the mouse begins to move from wanting a glass of milk and a napkin to cleaning the house to taking a nap and back to drinking milk and eating a cookie. (Fantasy) ( )
  apoffenroth13 | Apr 14, 2015 |
The book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff is one that young children will love. It is the first in a series and always seems to be a hit. The story is about a mouse who asks for a cookie and what happens after he gets what it is he asks for. The mouse proceeds to ask for more and more things. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It teaches students about cause and effect. They realize that one action could lead to other things happening. The only thing that I did not care about this book was the fact it was about a mouse. I have a slight phobia when it comes to mice so I would probably use the book “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” instead. The illustrations in this book are very bright and engaging to young readers which adds to the enjoyment of the story.
  akern3 | Apr 4, 2015 |
When You Give a Mouse a Cookie was one of my favorite books growing up. Reading it now I remember why I loved the book so much, and still do. The book is centered around the main character which is a mouse, but really the central idea, which is that once you give someone a little bit they are going to keep wanting more and more, is one of the most relatable concepts.
I believe that this book is so popular, because it is a funny concept, but everyone understands that it is true with people. While the main character is a mouse the reader is still able to relate to all things that the main human characters is going through. I personally relate to it, because I have a friend who always seems to demand more and more of my time. You give her a few minutes of your time and she ends up taking hours.
The book also pulls the reader along with it. It does this by repeating the words “if you give the mouse a…”. By using this phrase over and over the author keeps the reader wanting to know more. You constantly want to know what the next thing that the mouse is going to take is. Not only does this pull the reader through the story, but also it helps to make the book cohesive. The mouse wants different things all the time, but because the author uses the same words over and over to introduce the items it makes the reader feel like it is all connected.
The main idea of this story is that if you give someone an inch they are going to try to take a mile. ( )
  Khammersla | Mar 31, 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
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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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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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