If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
What You Need to Know:|
• A fun and memorable picture book!
• If you like this one, there are several other similarly engaging books in the series.
• The illustrations capture the even-keeled personality of the boy and the spirit of the energetic mouse.
• Check out Laura Numeroff’s fun website which includes a tab just for kids.
• Numeroff donates books to first book, a non-profit organization that provides books to children.
Have you ever wanted to give your kids a little insight into what a typical day is like for you? This fun story about a boy and a mouse will do the trick! Reminiscent of The Cat in the Hat, the trouble starts when the boy invites an innocent looking mouse inside for a cookie. One thing leads to another and before long, the boy has provided milk, a mirror, scissors, a broom and a small box for sleeping. The mouse makes himself at home, eating, drinking, sweeping and even giving himself a haircut. He’s full of energy, jumping casually from one thought to the next. The boy can only follow along and try to keep up. Have you ever had a day like this one in your house? While the boy may be exhausted from taking care of the mouse, we can see toward the end of the story, as the mouse leaps into his lap and finds a comfortable perch on his shoulder, that the boy does it all because he cares about his little friend. As with most caregivers, love trumps exhaustion. Another concept highlighted here, that “one thing can lead to another” may also be a good lesson that kids can draw on later in life. For now, the simple phrases on each page are catchy and are sure to inspire your audience to join in with you, as they laugh their way through this book.
Laura Joffe Numeroff
1985, 40 pages
Animals, Friendship, Humor
• Do you think it is hard work for the boy to take care of all of the mouse’s requests?
• Do you ever act like the mouse?
• Do you have friends that require a lot of work, like the mouse does?
• What do you think happens when the boy gives the mouse another glass of milk at the end?
• If you could change the mouse to another animal, what would it be?
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