If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.: Teaching Cause and Effect | Scholastic | ParentsDescribed as a "circular tale",  illustrating a slippery slope , it is Numeroff and Bond's first collaboration in what came to be the If You Give A boy gives a cookie to a mouse. The mouse asks for a glass of milk. He then requests a straw to drink the milk , a mirror to avoid a milk mustache , nail scissors to trim his hair in the mirror , and a broom to sweep up his hair trimmings. Next he wants to take a nap, have a story read to him, draw a picture, and hang the drawing on the refrigerator. Looking at the refrigerator makes him thirsty, so the mouse asks for a glass of milk. The circle is complete when he wants a cookie to go with it.
Kids Book R A N T: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
This book could possibly be meant to emulate life with a toddler, which makes it no coincidence that toddlers absolutely love it. The dynamic here is very interesting: is the main child in the story an orphan? The mouse has a lovely family: so, do the mice parents work and the kid babysits? Obviously, the child and his friend mouse seem to exhibit a typical parent toddler relationship: the child gives and gives without question or regard for reciprocity. One of the nagging issues I have every-time I read this book, is that it has some interesting product placement.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a children's book written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, first published in Described as a "circular tale".
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