Saturday, January 19, 2008
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Let's talk about If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felica Bond. I don't know why I've never opened this book before. Thanks Sari for suggesting it. It is soooooo funny. Perhaps I have a natural suspicion of series books (There are others, such as If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake). Somehow the idea that an author makes several similar books cheapens each one in my mind. Which is pretty judgmental and illogical of me. Look at Sheep in a Jeep and it's companions. Or Olivia.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie has a repetitive structure that will help kids develop their narrative skills, connecting one idea to the next. It goes like this, "If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk,...." and so on. The logic progresses until it comes all the way back around to a cookie.
Wasn't there some horrible action film that used this first line? I'm picturing Harrison Ford saying this. Help me out here.
The last thing I'll say is that this mouse has to be the cutest mouse in a picture book with his little bib overalls. Now I've got to go out and read the rest of them.