Module 6: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Numeroff, L. (1985). If you give a mouse a cookie. New York: Harper Collins.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie describes the chain of events that comes from the simple act of giving a mouse a cookie. From needing a napkin to a glass of milk, the mouse leads the boy on a never ending mission that ends back where it started from.
What Did I Think?
This story is entertaining and funny. It is an accurate description of what chain of events can unfold after one single act. Like Numeroff’s other similar books, I believe young children will enjoy the amusing requests the mouse makes of the boy.
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
Adding props to this book is a great way to keep listeners engaged in a read-aloud. Students could also create their own version of If You Give a _____ a _____. The ideas could be combined into one big book to share with the library.