The Reading Nook is a series of posts that feature my kids’ favorite books! These are the books my kids love. They are not intended to be full reviews. Instead, they give my general impressions and my kids’ reactions so you can decide if your little one would like it too. This post likely contain affiliate links.
Both of my children love If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. The story follows the plight of a boy who gives a mouse a cookie and soon finds the mouse has many other ideas and wants! The kids love the detailed drawings and expressive Mouse, and I love that the pictures give us a lot to talk about as we read. I actually prefer talking about the pictures over reading the book. Maybe it is because I’ve read this book so many times, but it gets tiring to read with all the “if… then…” statements. On the other hand, this does help the kids understand if/then statements and cause and effect relationships. Either way, the kids love it, so I deal.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is also a great jumping off point for all sorts of tot activities. If you do a Pinterest search, there are a ton of educational activities for all different age groups. I haven’t taken advantage of this opportunity as much as I should. When Drake was just about 2, we made cookies together after reading this book for some fun. He was a little young to help much. It was the first time he’d had a chocolate chip cookie, and he learned the word quickly after that!
Drake also enjoys this cartoon version on Amazon. It’s a shame they didn’t make more episodes!
We own and love If You Give a Pig a Pancake as well.
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