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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
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Tags:easy, K-3

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

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    Knots by R. D. Laing (raizel)
    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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I would use this story to teach my students cause in effect while reading. They would be engaged in the story because it is about giving a moose a muffin which is not something you see everyday. ( )
  hollyegirard | Nov 29, 2014 |
If You Give a Moose a Muffin is a very entertaining book. I think the silliness of the book will definitely keep the attention of the kids. Kids love to laugh and kids are silly. This is a perfect book for them. Although, it does not particularly teach a lesson, but it does teach the cause and effect theory. For every case there is an effect, so don't give a moose a muffin because it'll want some jam to go with it and guess what? More muffins. ( )
  Nijania | Oct 26, 2014 |
I really enjoyed the book “If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I liked how entertaining it was. The antics of the moose had me laughing out loud, and I am an adult. I am sure children would have the same reaction. I also liked how the pictures represented what the text was saying perfectly. For example, one of the pictures is the moose from behind making sock puppets. It is hilarious to see this giant animal leaning over with scraps of fabric all around him, but what makes it better is the moose showing off his puppets on the next page. His facial expression is ecstatic and the smile is infectious. I also really liked that the book ended the way it started. The author lets us know that “if you give a moose a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it,” as well as “if you give him the jam, he’ll want a muffin to go with it.” I thought this was really creative, and except for the series, I have not seen a lot of books come full circle in such a complete way. Finally, I really like that this book teaches children cause and effect without them even being aware they are learning such a complex concept for their developmental level. The book follows the pattern of “if, then, what.” If something happens, another thing will happen, and so on. This piece of literature would be a great tool to teach young children the concept of cause and effect in a fun and engaging way. The purpose of this book is to entertain children and teach them about cause and effect. ( )
  cduke3 | Oct 16, 2014 |
This book was adorable and I liked it for a couple of reasons. My favorite part of the book was the style it is written in. Each sentence is simple and builds off of the previous one to keep the flow of the story. For example, “When he’s finished eating the muffin, he’ll want another. And another. And another” This style continues throughout the whole book. Also I liked how the story was full circle. The book began and ended very similarly. “If you give a moose a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it.” And “And chances are if you give him the jam, he’ll want a muffin to go with it.” These are the beginning and ending sentences in the book. Finally I loved the pictures in the book. They are colorful and match the text well. I think the pictures aid the reader in seeing the craziness that is ensuing with the never-ending antics of the boy and the moose. My favorite picture was the last one. The boy has a box with a representation of many of the requests of the moose. The socks from sock puppet making, the sweatshirt for going to get more muffin mix and newspaper with spilled paint on it are a few of the items shown in the box. The big idea/message for this book is to see how one thing can lead to another and another and another. This cycle may never end but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. ( )
  EmilyBeer | Sep 30, 2014 |
I like how this book captured children's attention with the writing and illustrations on the same pages. I would totally use this book for a fall/winter lesson plan or use for a moose unit. ( )
  lannersvalerie | Sep 25, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laura Joffe Numeroffprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bond, FeliciaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chu, Brian Wei-Rensecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mlawer, TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome 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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