If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe NumeroffIf a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, hes going to ask for a glass of milk. Hell want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesnt have a milk mustache, and then hell ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....
The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.
A deconstruction of 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,' or how millennials became millennials
One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone does not try to help their self before asking others. How can someone else be expected to help you if you do not first do that yourself? I'm all about helping those that need it when the time comes, however whenever someone does not even attempt to help him or herself first then that becomes a huge problem. As we all have learned, people tend to take advantage of us in one way or another. I am sure we all read this short story when we were younger and it follows that same principle:. If you click here you can see a more animated version of this story as told by Adult Swim. When we were very young, there was a time when this book entertained and made us laugh; we did not think anything else of it.
The books we give our children to read often reveal as much about our own concerns and obsessions as about theirs. It's a story about charity and self-reliance first published 30 years ago, when the welfare system was at the top of the national agenda. The story takes the form of an ironic warning about the consequences of altruism. Its facetious, nonsensical plot describes a mouse who becomes reliant on a boy to answer his needs. If you give a mouse a cookie, the book explains, then he'll ask you for a glass of milk, and then a straw, and then a napkin — beginning a cycle of requests that doesn't end even when the book does. The tension in the book is familiar to anyone who has wondered if withholding help does more to encourage others to help themselves.
This story describes a set of events that occurs after a boy gives a mouse a cookie. Once the mouse is given the cookie, he asks for a glass of milk, which ends up leading to a series of additional requests. Each event that occurs makes the mouse want something new, creating a seemingly endless stream of demands. In the end, the mouse asks for another glass of milk, which makes him want another cookie. The reader is left with the impression that the mouse is going to go through this loop again. Although If You Give a Mouse a Cookie may initially seem like a simple book, it explores some pretty complex philosophical topics.