Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mouse Cookies & More Book Review

William received Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury last year for Christmas. We all fell in love with it!

This compilation includes four stories from the "If You ... Series:" If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, and If You Take a Mouse to School. Included at the end of each story are recipes, songs, and activities. A CD with the songs and stories also came with our book.

My guys (ages 5 and 3) have enjoyed the silliness of thinking about what can happen when you give a mouse a cookie (and the mouse talks, wears clothes, and colors). I've enjoyed how it's helping them to grasp the concept of consequences, even if the consequences author Laura Numeroff cooked up for us are pretty outlandish.

These pictures books also sparked creativity in my children. They have concocted their own "If ... Then" stories about squirrels. It's amazing what those crazy fluffy tailed creatures can do in the mind of little boys.

The illustrations are superb. Felicia Bond uses colored pencils (I think) to capture the whimsy and details of Mouse, Pig, and Moose. She even includes "hidden" pictures or words in some of the drawings. Just another detail to hold the interest of children.

Who should read these stories? EVERYONE! Even the college students visiting my home earlier this year enjoyed reading this book - and they weren't all reading TO my children.

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8 comments:

stephanie said...

Oooh, I didn't know about the hidden words. We have one of the mouse books (the school one) and have read several of the others from the library ad nauseum. :)

I also checked out one of Numeroff's other books by chance a few weeks ago and it was about three chicken sisters. My girls LOVED it.

Carrie said...

These books are so cute. I just love them. Enjoyed your post. Thanks for participating!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

I also love these silly, yet logical books and the drawings. Ooh, I didn't know about the hidden words either! I'll have to get our copies of Pancake and Cookie and take a look.

I think that this treasury would be great. I think I'm making Kyle's Christmas list reading through these posts!!

Amy said...

Yes, great books! Oh, and I can picture the college students enjoying them as much as the kids! :)

Debbie said...

good choice! I didn't know about the hidden words either.

lifelaughterchaos said...

my kids love these books!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

The compilation we have has little behind the scenes notes in it that told us to look for the names of the illustrator's cats and friends. Otherwise I never would have noticed them. I didn't realize Numeroff had written so many books. She also links to tons of other sites with lesson plans based on her books on her website. That's good to know for home school! I should have mentioned that in the review and forgot.

Alicia said...

These look great!

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