If you give a mouse a cookie
By: Laura Numeroff
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.
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.
Have you ever been taken advantage of?