If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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2012
Your Never Satisfied with What You Have
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff was one of my favorite books as a child. I used to make my mom read it to me every night by saying “cookie.” This story is a story more for preschoolers and young children learning to read. It is what they consider a picture book. Picture books always made children happy, they could see who the story was talking about and not have to use their imagination if they were too young to explore theirs. These books would encourage children to read more or learn how to read. But something that also got my attention of this story was the value behind what the mouse was actually doing. The mouse was using the little boy to get things. The little mouse always wanted more. This book will also make you as a reader think about what would happen next. “If you give a mouse a cookie, He’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask for a straw.” (Numeroff 2-5) This also means that when you give a child or a person something such as a cookie or a book they are not always satisfied with what they have. They always want something else. They do not know how to value what they have in front of them. With the mouse, he always wanted more after when he was finished than with what he started with.

Laura Joffe Numeroff wanted a story that would be useful in classrooms and would make children use their minds and think. I know I did. I loved this book as a child, and I still do. This story along with other stories from Laura Joffe Numeroff, such as If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and If you Give a Pig a Pancake, are something that children should have. (lauranumeroff.com) What child wouldn’t want to read about a young boy and a mouse. The young boy was just being his normal self and just playing outside, but then a mouse came up and the young boy gave him a cookie, then he wanted more. The mouse wanted to get more and more...
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