If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
-Kayla Moore

Analysis of Literary Elements:

The main element of the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, prediction or cause and effect. The book begins by stating, "If you give a mouse a cookie," which the leads to, "he's going to ask for a glass of milk." This is the result of cause and effect, which simply is the reason something happens, and the effect is what happens as a result. The whole book demonstrates what happens when the mouse receives a cookie, milk, straw, napkin, etc. The book is a great way to teach young children about making predictions while reading a story.

Illustrations- Felicia Bond
Published- 1995, HarperFestival
Language- English
Paper back price- $14.99

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is about what happens after a young boy gives a mouse a cookie. After he receives the cookie, the mouse then asks for a glass of milk, which he then needs a straw to drink from. After the mouse gets the straw, he then decides he needs a napkin. The napkin then leads the mouse to ask the boy for a mirror to check if he has received a milk mustache from the glass of milk. The cause and effect continues with the mouse continually asking the boy for more and more items after he has received the items he requests.

Author Biography:
Laura Numeroff was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, NY where she was the youngest of three girls. Numeroff began writing and drawing her own books at a very young age. She would even make up publishers to add to the books she would make up. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is the first book in a seven "If you give a..." book series. Others include If You Take a Mouse to School, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, and so on.
Reference- http://lauranumeroff.com/index.htm

Book Review:
I really enjoy reading this book to young children, mostly in the kindergarten age. As stated above, this book is a great way to teach young students the idea of prediction. It is is easy to ask the students, "What do you think will happen next?" while flipping the pages of the story. I have taught with this book before to teach a lesson on making predictions. The students love to create new scenarios on what they think the mouse will request next. It is interesting for them to see if their ideas were correct or not. It is a simple book with nice illustrations to show the children what are happening in each situation. I would recommend this book to any kindergarten teacher!