If you give a mouse a cookie

By: Laura Numeroff

Summary

When a kind young boy gives a mouse a cookie, it is the beginning of a chain of events that keeps the boy occupied all day. If you give a mouse a cookie, he is going to ask for a glass of milk, for which he needs a straw, not to mention  a napkin, and a mirror to check for a milk mustache, which only leads the mouse to notice he needs a haircut, then he'll sweep and mop the entire house. The imaginary mouse has needs that a child might have; he needs a nap with a soft pillow and blanket, and he needs his picture to be hung up on the refrigerator. By the end of the day the kind boy is exhausted from taking care of the mouse.

Implications

First Implication: Sometimes generous people get taken advantage of.

I believe that the story implies that sometimes generous people get taken advantage of  because once the boy gave the mouse a cookie, the mouse suddenly needed all of these different things. The boy wanted to help the mouse in any way he could so the mouse was able to take advantage of him. The fact that if the boy hadn't been so kind to the mouse he probably wouldn't have asked the boy for so many things. One example is the mouse asking for the scissors, if the mouse could talk he could have gotten the scissors from someone or somewhere else.  

Second Implication: I think that the author is implying the lessons learned through cause and effect.

I think that the story is implying the lessons learned through cause and effect, because it correctly shows that for every action there is a consequence, whether good or bad. For example, the cause was that the boy was nice and the effect was that he was busy all day doing things for the mouse. Another example is that since the mouse drank the milk the effect was that he wanted to look in the mirror to make sure he didn't have a milk mustache.

Question

Have you ever been taken advantage of?

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2 years ago
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Nice people get taken advantage of all the time. I am not a super nice person, but I consider myself decent. People do sometimes try to walk all over me. I used to have a problem with that and sometimes still do. When I have problems now, I go ahead and nip them in the bud.

2 years ago
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Yes, people have taking advantage of me multiple times.

2 years ago
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I have been taken advantage of. Sometimes, when we work in groups, I end up doing most of the work.

2 years ago
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Yes , I have been taken advantage of a lot. A lot of my friends think that i am nice an i wont say anything to them or do anything they think that they can just hit me anytime and i don't feel it.

2 years ago
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I have been took advantage of.

2 years ago
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I can agree with both implication both I have sen both happen to my friends and family

2 years ago
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Yes I have been taken advantage of before multiple times.

2 years ago
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Yes I have been taken advantage of it was something terrible and I hope it never happens again. I think that everybody has been taken advantage of at least at one point in their life and if you ask anybody that has been taken advantage of it is not a very good feeling. I agree with both of your implications. :)

2 years ago
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I have been many times only because I help people out some times. Now most people try to walk all over me because I'm so quiet if I'm not sure about people and that will sometimes cause me to do a lot of work in a group.

2 years ago
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I like your cause and effect implication because there are many lessons learned this way, all throughout life.