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A Mouse Cookie First Library (If You Give. . .) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 683 user ratings
ISBN:0061174793
LANGUAGE:English

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a story about a boy, when sitting on the grass outside his house eating a cookie, discovers a little mouse. He kindly gives the cookie to the mouse. After the mouse eats the cookie, he asks for some milk and then a straw. The mouse's requests begin simple enough but he continues to ask for more and more and until he ends up moving into the boy's home.

This story is suitable for children aged 4-6. It is a simple picture book with colourful illustrations on each page which would capture the attention of any young child. I think that it would be a great story to read aloud to a younger KS1 class as it is easy to follow and children would find it both interesting and funny.

The story ends where the reader can fill in the blank, of what the mouse may want next. It would be a good idea to get a class to formulate their own ideas about what could happen next. The book is very descriptive and introduces many objects throughout the story along with pictures on each page. I believe that this would also be a great book for EAL students to introduce new vocabulary in an easy way.
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"A young boy begins his day by offering a little brown mouse a cookie. No longer happy with that, the mouse wants more; a cup of milk to quench his thirst, a napkin to wipe his face, a mirror to make sure he looks okay and so on. All common sense activities that take them on a journey around the house. Except by the end of the day the boy is worn out, the house is somewhat of a mess and the cycle begins again.

This is a cute childrens' picture book that teaches young boys and girls about sharing and caring for others. First published in 1985, this is a story that never grows old.
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"Originally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.

When I was teaching pre-k with 4-6 years olds, I scheduled a whole week dedicated to Laura Numeroff. I had everything planned out in my curriculum and the students did a whole bunch of fun things….they loved it! In my daycare, I have the following ages: 1,2,3,4. This book was a little too…..advanced for them. They didn’t seem to find the story very interesting and the pictures weren’t colorful or bold enough. I would definitely recommend this book for a slightly older age group (probably 4-6 is a good place to start.)
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" This is not the kind of thing I normally read, but I was in the waiting room at the dentist while my mom was getting a root canal and I'd already finished the book I'd brought with me, as well as a Vogue magazine and the issue of Martha Stewart Living where Martha throws some weak pie-related shade at Gwyneth Paltrow. So it was either this or David Decides About Thumbsucking. Mouse it is!Long story short: if you give a mouse a cookie, you'll never get rid of him. " said.

" What a nice and well-mannered little mouse :) " said.

"This book was so sweet! The illustrations are colorful and eye-catching, as well as the characters soon become loved in each page. I thought the story line was perfectly planned out in the tale of events of the mouse and the small boy that makes a small friend by showing he cares. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any school or home library because it specifically teaches on character building for young children, I believe. The care and kindness of the little boy in the story towards giving the mouse everything he might need shows the friendly, compassion that children can exhibit to their friends and family. It can also be beneficial in a classroom as a school may encourage students to exhibit the 'Pillars of Character' seen in many schools I know of today. Even more specifically, children could have a discussion with their parents or school class about the specific qualities that they too can exhibit in kindness and generousity towards others, as the child did in this story. With the energetic illustrations and easy-to-read progression of the book, it is sure to be a family and classroom favorite!" said.

"A timeless story about alienation, materialism, and class-consciousness. The mouse, obviously a metaphorical stand-in for humanity, (which often gets referred to as a 'rat race'), wants a cookie. Now, if we understand cookies to be a representation of that which we desire, the metaphor could not be more apt. Cookies provide no nutritional value. We all want cookies, yet they do little for us, except maybe go to our thighs. Yet as soon as we get a cookie, we want another. It's no good. The second cookie is not as good as first. It does not taste as sweet. So we desire something else. A piece of pie perhaps. A crumb of cake. In the mouse's case, a glass of milk. Keep drinking the free milk, little buddy. It's exactly what the bourgeoisie wants, to keep the proletariat locked in a never ending cycle of consuming. First the cookie, then the milk, followed by another cookie, and the cycle repeats ad infinitum. Only by freeing ourselves from the cookie in the first place can we cast off this false consciousness which the milk makers manufacture. Only by denying this desire can we truly be happy, because the cookie does not bring lasting happiness, only the most fleeting version of it. True happiness comes from casting off the cookie. True happiness comes from being aware of your rulers setting rat traps all around you while they shower the unwashed masses in the milk of propaganda. Don't let your tail get caught. Snap." said.

"বাংলায় একটা প্রবাদ আছে "বসতে দিলে শুতে চায়"; এই গল্পের Shoulder Strap Jeans পড়া আদুরে ইঁদুরটার অবস্থা হয়েছে তেমন। প্রথমে খেতে চেয়েছিলো কুকি, সেই কুকি খেতে গিয়ে তাকে বিছানা পেতে শুতে দিতে হয়েছে। শুধু তাই না, তাকে ঘুম পাড়ানোর জন্য আবার গল্পও শোনাতে হবে!

গল্পের একটা মজাটা হলো বাস্তবের বসতে দিলে শুতে চাওয়া মানুষের মতো ইঁদুরের কান্ডকারখানা বিরক্তির উদ্রেক ঘটায় না। বরং উজ্জ্বল ছবি দেখতে দেখতে ইঁদুরের সপ্তকান্ড পড়তে বেশ ভালো লাগে!
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