If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Numeroff
If you give a mouse a cookie, watch out! He's going to ask for milk, a straw to drink the milk, a napkin to wipe his mouth, a mirror to check if he has a milk moustache, a pair of scissors to trim his whiskers (because they look untidy in the mirror), a broom to sweep up the whisker shavings, a bed to lie in (because he's exhausted from all that cleaning), a bedtime story ... but then the pictures in the storybook inspire him to create his own, so of course he must have paper and crayons.
Next, his masterpiece must go on the refrigerator, so he needs scotchtape... and then of course he's thirsty from all that activity, so he needs another round of milk and cookies... At the end of the story, the house is a mess, and the little boy who supplied the cookies and all the other stuff is flat out on the floor, exhausted. But our indefatigable mouse is all set to go a second round!
If you give a child this book, he's going to laugh uproariously, and ask for more such funny stories. And the author gladly obliges. This is one of a series of "If You Give..." books, all exploring the hilarious consequences of innocuous acts of kindness - for example, if you give a moose a muffin or if you give a pig a pancake.
If you're looking for bedtime stories for kids, this book will give parent and child a delightful time together. The story also teaches children valuable lessons about choices and consequences. It encourages kids to think about what would happen if one were to follow a certain course of action. It also inspires creative thinking; readers can start their own "If you..." stories and come up with all the wild and wonderful things that can happen if one were to do something out of the ordinary.
This is one of the most popular children's books, with 2 million copies sold worldwide. Get your copy from:
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