If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond: Picture Book

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A favorite back to school book for preschoolers and especially for my Grandsons is a charming story that your children will read and re-read, called If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff.

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in San Francisco. We journeyed up the beautiful coastline of California stopping along the way to take pictures of seals, rocks, and trees. But before we left, we made a quick stop at great Grandmother's house and she sent us off with some freshly baked cookies. Now just the smell of warm, delicious cookies triggers the happy memory of a good book for me. So, this is why I decided to share with you If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

This tenth book by Laura Numeroff was written in 1985. Its plot deals with a boy who gives a cookie to a mouse, who in turn asks for various other favors. At length, this leads back around to the mouse wanting another cookie. The book features two characters, a mouse and a boy. Neither characters speak, but their dialogue is reported indirectly by a narrator.

The main character of this story, Mouse, appears in three others: If You Take a Mouse to the Movies If You Take a Mouse to School and The Best Mouse Cookie.


This classic picture book teaches children that every action has a consequence, and focuses on concern for relationships.

Visit Laura's website, author of children's books:

First Sentence:

If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk.

Immediately what comes to your mind is a gift basket for that special little one enclosed with a package of cookies, a stuffed animal, and this delightful, cute picture book! The story is funny and the illustrations by Felicia Bond are great! For more great teaching and gift giving ideas, please visit this wonderful blog I discovered:


Another outstanding blog so full of information and beautiful graphics can be found at

Integrating Language Arts Using If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Product Details

* Reading level: Ages 4-8
* Hardcover: 40 pages
* Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (May 9, 1985)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0060245867


* "Laura Joffe Numeroff has created an amusing sequence of events while the colorful artwork by Felicia Bond shows the gigantic mess this mouse causes and the numerous trials the tolerant child endures." - Preschool Education Review
* "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." - Amazon Editorial Review

Awards/Distinctions: California Young Reader Medal, featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and more.

I plan to read more picture books with my Grandchildren from this wonderful author Laura Numeroff and trust me, there's so much more to spark your appetite! it feels good to be back home again, sharing with you!

~ LadyD

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