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If You Give a Moose a Muffin (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

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Title:If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Authors:Laura Numeroff
Other authors:Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1991), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:easy, K-3

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If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff (1991)

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    raizel: Similar logical difficulties and vicious circles at a different level of sophistication. If you give a moose a muffin, he needs lots of stuff including a muffin which requires the same lots of stuff ad nauseum. In Knots, your behavior is based on your world view and you world view is based on your behavior and changing either one is difficult.… (more)

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  miezetatze | Jun 28, 2014 |
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I love this story for several reasons. The language is descriptive and patterned. Every time the moose starts an activity, he thinks of something else he wants to do. An example of this is, “When he opens the door and feels how chilly it is, he’ll ask to borrow a sweater. When he puts the sweater on, he’ll notice one of the buttons is loose. He’ll ask for a needle and thread.” These cause and effect sequence of events keep the reader engaged in the story because the reader will want to know what the moose does next. The writing is organized and engaging. The moose’s actions transition smoothly into one another, creating a story that flows nicely. The moose is very well developed. He has a lively and animated personality and gets very excited when he thinks of a new activity to do. The moose is full of energy, which sometimes makes it hard for the boy to keep up with him. Many of the activities mentioned in the book are relatable to children, such as eating delicious muffins, putting on a puppet show, and painting. I think the plot is well organized. The moose is constantly being reminded of new activities he wants to do. The boy is kept on his feet during the whole story because the fun activities are always changing. I love that in the end, the moose goes back to wanting a muffin, which is the thing he wanted in the beginning of the story. Evidence of this is located on the last page, which reads, “And chances are…if you give him jam, he’ll want a muffin to go with it.” The illustrations are very colorful and animated. They perfectly depict the moose’s energetic personality. All the activities are drawn as if they are occurring right then and there. You can see the action and motion in the illustrations, which is very engaging for readers. There is not central message in this story. It is simply a fun book that children read for entertainment. The reader can see how all the activities can turn into new activities. ( )
  jgiann2 | Apr 7, 2014 |
I liked this book for a couple reasons. First I love how silly this book is. It is a funny concept that would never happen but it is a good book for kids to let their imagination take a ride. Second, I like how this book flows. It is an easy book to read aloud because of the structure of it. For example, “If you give a moose a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it. So you’ll bring out some of your mother’s homemade blackberry jam. When he’s finished eating the muffin, he’ll want another. And another.” The book is repetitive in this sentence format, which makes the book easy to follow along with. There really isn’t a main idea of this book; it is just a silly book for children’s entertainment. ( )
  tsmith44 | Mar 29, 2014 |
This book is about a boy who gives a moose a muffin. The moose wants jam to go with his muffin. The moose eats all of the jam and muffins and wants the boy to go to the store to buy more muffin mix. The moose wants to go with the boy, but he realizes that it is chilly outside. The moose asks the boy for a sweater. The sweater has a loose button, so he asks the boy for a needle and thread. Sewing the button back on the sweater reminded the moose of his grandmother and decides that he wants to make sock puppets. The boy and the moose have a puppet show. The moose asks for a sheet which he used to clean up a mess that he made. The moose then washes the sheet and hangs it up to dry. The moose then sees a blackberry bush, and wants some more muffins and jam.

Personal Reaction:
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is definitely a book that I would love to add to my book collection.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. In my classroom, I could use this book to show the children what a puppet show is.
2. In my classroom, I could use this book as an example before doing our own classroom puppet show.
  shellbierose | Mar 11, 2014 |
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
By Laura Numeroff (1991)

I liked If you Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff for two reasons. First, I liked how the story started by giving a moose a muffin and blackberry jam, and the story ended with a Moose seeing a blackberry bush, which would remind him of the jam and the muffin. Thus, the muffin and jam are significant objects in the story. Second, I liked how each object lead to another activity. For example, once the moose puts on a sweater, he’ll notice a button is loose, which will then encourage him to ask for a needle and thread, than he will start sewing, and the button will remind him of the puppets his grandmother made. Essentially, every thing is connected throughout the entire story, which is neat. Overall, I believe the “big idea” of If You Give a Moose a Muffin is to identify the dangers of feeding a wild animal. For example, if you feed a wild animal, the animal will return, and possibly become reliant on the feeder. ( )
  Mdierd1 | Feb 24, 2014 |
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Bond, FeliciaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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When he opens the door and feels how chilly it is, he'll ask to borrow a sweater.
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"If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it." So begins the most logical silliness to be found anywhere--at least since Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Readers will follow a young boy and his voracious visitor through a series of antlered antics: jam reveries and puppet shows and big messes. It all makes perfect sense, really, once you stop to think about it. What moose wouldn't want to borrow a sweater when it's cold outside? And why shouldn't the loose button on the sweater remind him of his grandmother? Bond's cleverly detailed, witty illustrations perfectly complement Numeroff's deadpan style. Through just a few deft words and brush strokes, the reader gets a real sense of the unique personalities of the two characters. Children will relate easily to the full-circle reasoning of the story, while picking up the concept of cause and effect. The moral of the story? Keep plenty of muffin mix and blackberry jam in your cupboard. You never know who may drop by. (Great read aloud, ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Chaos can ensue if you give a moose a muffin and start him on a cycle of urgent requests.

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