If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

By: Laura Numeroff


Story Summary

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is about a mouse who happens to show up at a young boy's house so he offers him a cookie. The little mouse takes the cookie.... but it doesn't stop there.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie



Implication No. 1

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a story about a mouse who uses a little boy to get everything he wants. The mouse first wants a cookie, then a glass of milk, then a straw, then a napkin, then he wants to look in the mirror for a milk mustache, and then he realizes he needs a trim. So he asks for scissors.

One of the implications I found is that greedy people never stop asking for something because nothing's ever enough for them.

"... When he's done, he'll probably want to take a nap. You'll have to fix  up a box for him with a blanket and a pillow. He'll crawl in, make himself comfortable, and fluff the pillow a few times. He'll probably ask you to read him a story..."        Middle of story

The Greedy Mouse

The mouse keeps asking the little boy for more and more and more and never stops because he always wants to do something else or get something more. He's one of those people (or animals) that just want and want like nothing's ever enough.




Implication No. 2

The young boy in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie has to give this greedy mouse whatever it wants. The boy has to run around the house trying to find everything and has to clean up behind the mouse. He probably gets tired of hosting this mouse.

Another implication I found was that people who give often keep giving, and it's easy for them to be taken advantage of.

"... When the picture is finished, he'll want to sign his name... with a pen. Then he'll want to hang his picture on your refrigerator. Which means he'll need scotch tape. He'll hang up his drawing and stand back to look at it. Looking at the refrigerator will remind him that... he's thirsty. So... he'll ask for a glass of milk. And chances are if he asks for a glass of milk, he's gonna want a cookie to go with it."        Ending paragraph of story

Mouse Asking for a Straw

The boy wants to please the mouse so whenever he asks for something, he gives him just that. Because of this, the mouse asks for more because he knows that the boy will give it to him. This is why when you are a giving person you can easily be taken advantage of.

Tackk by: Sophia Atkins 😉



Think About It

Have you ever been taken advantage of or been greedy with someone who gave to you? Provide an example.

Post answers in the comment box below.

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2 years ago
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Yeah when it was my birthday i got 360 dollars and my brother asked if he could get 50 to buy a game then he asked for 10 for a bag of candy and he just kept asking and he didn't even share the bag of candy ether.

2 years ago
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Yes I can be greedy but most of the time its usually only with food. And yes I have been taking advantage of I think everyone has been taken advantage of at least once in their life.

2 years ago
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Yes, my friend will always take advantage of me. I let her borrow money and she said she would pay me back. But I never ask for it back so she never gave it back and she just took advantage of me and my kindness.

2 years ago
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You guys just a suggestion try to elaborate a little bit.... Like when you say you have, well what happened? You don't have to get too personal though.

2 years ago
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Yes, I am sure that everyone has been taken advantage of at some point in their life.

2 years ago
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Yes because my old "friends" use to only hang out with me so they could get money from me

2 years ago
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I'm sure I have been taken advantage of at one time but I do not remember a specific event.

2 years ago
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Thank you all who responded great responses! :)

2 years ago
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Yes, sometimes I take my sisters food instead of going to the kitchen to get my own.

2 years ago
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Thank you to everyone who answered! :)