If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff sends a message about both sharing and taking which every kid should learn when they are at a young age. Looking back at this book brings back the childhood memories and as I got older I soon learned the morals of the story and it made me inspired to be a better person in general.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a children’s picture book with a cute mouse character and a young boy who gives the mouse whatever he asks for. The boy starts off giving the mouse a cookie and then he needs a glass of milk, but then he wants a straw and it goes on from there. The mouse keeps asking for items from the boy and the boy always gladly gives them to the mouse. And in the end it all circles back to giving the mouse a cookie.

This story is rather entertaining because of the childish illustration, but it also holds a moral to the story. The moral can be seen through either a pessimistic view or an optimistic view. The pessimistic view presents “the taker” which is the mouse. The mouse does not do anything for the boy, but rather takes total advantage of him and monopolizes him since he is so giving. The optimistic view is that one should possess empathy, respect, and basic manners. Even though the mouse asks for so many things from the boy, he just does it because he does it out of the goodness of his heart.

I would recommend this book to both children and adults to read to their children because as a child it was just a fun read and the characters are cute, but as you get older, the lessons about giving and taking become clearer and you actually learn from this story. I know I enjoy this book and you will too.


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