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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 liked this book for 2 reasons. First, the plot is engaging. The book is full of sequences, as soon as one thing happens another follows. For example, "If you give a moose a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it" (Page 2). The book also ends in the same way that it starts so it gives readers something to think about after reading. Another thing I liked about this book was the pictures because they are so descriptive. You could probably use the book as a wordless picture book and still get the same meaning. For example, on page 8 the book shows the moose outside and he looks cold. Then on page 9 you see the moose trying on a sweater with the button popping off. After that, on page 10, you see the moose sewing up the sweater. The text matches exactly what the picture shows. This book doesn’t have a clear moral. it shows sequencing and entertains. ( )
  Rwatts3 | Mar 24, 2017 |
If You Give a Moose a Muffin is a great children's book. I think children will enjoy this book because it is funny and cute. This book is for elementary grade levels. ( )
  alexisjm01 | Mar 15, 2017 |
This humorous story starts with a boy who gives his moose friend a muffin, who then asks for some blackberry jam to go with it. He then keeps asking for more and more until he ends up asking for another muffin in the end. The central message of this story is that if you keep giving people what they want, the second that they demand it, they'll keep asking for more and more until you finally say no. ( )
  ShannonKearns23 | Mar 15, 2017 |
This is an excellent book that would give a lot of younger students a good laugh. It deals with a moose who always needs something, but once he gets what he wants he needs something else. Everything he gets reminds him of something else he needs and it all leads him back to a muffin. I am nineteen years old, yet this book was still able to give me a good laugh. ( )
  TylerAnderson | Feb 21, 2017 |
If you give a moose a muffin, he will ask for some jam and much much more. This was the day that a young boy had after offering a friendly moose a muffin. The adventures that the moose and boy get into will have you rolling with laughter.

Personal Reaction:
Life seems to be so serious sometime that we just need to take a break and laugh. This book keeps the attention of the reader by holding your inerest on what will happen next. The tone of this book is absolute humor, which is much needed.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Making muffins with your class would be a way to incorporate literature and math together.
2. Creating moose puppets from paper bags so the children can reenact the story.
  coralea | Feb 12, 2017 |
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If You Give a Moose a Muffin is a great children's book. I think children will enjoy this book because it is funny and cute. This book is for elementary grade levels.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laura Joffe Numeroffprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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