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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Numeroff,
illustrated by Felicia Bond

First the mouse wants a cookie.  What do you think he wants next?  Read this book and laugh as you follow the mouse from one thing to the next. Once you have read the book, there are many fun things that you can do!

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Something To Do

The mouse in "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," is eating chocolate chip cookies! Mmmmm. My favorite. One activity you could try when you've finished reading this book, is to make chocolate chip cookies together. Then, when the cookies are ready, you can sit down and eat them while you read the book again! Below is my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I love to eat them with a tall glass of milk, just like the mouse!

Dry Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Other Ingredients:
1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
12 ounce package of chocolate chips (2 cups)

Before you start making the cookies, you will want to preheat the oven, so it is warm enough when you are ready to bake your cookies. Prehat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set them aside. In a larger bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla and beat until creamy.  You might want an electric mixer to do this! Beat in eggs. Slowly add the flour mixture. You may want to take turns doing this because this can take a little while and your arms might get tired! Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop cookie dough by the rounded spoonfool onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. The recipe says it makes 100 cookies. You could try counting them to see if it really does.  

You can change this recipe in a lot of different ways to suit what sounds good to you. You could replace some (or all) of the chocolate chips with raisins, peanut butter chips, M&M candies, nuts, dried cherries, dried cranberries or dried apricots. You could also add a little cinnamon to the dough. You could replace the vanilla with almond extract.Try the recipe in different ways until you come up with your favorite recipe, a recipe that you can call your own! Don't forget to read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," every time you bake cookies. You could even read it while you are waiting for a batch of cookies to come out of the oven.

Something Else to Do

When you try recipes and you like them, you could write them down and create your own cookbook.  You can keep all your favorite recipes and ideas there.  You could even copy your recipes onto nice paper, add some drawings, make them into a booklet, and give them to someone you like as a present! You can find many recipes to try at some of the web sites, or in some of the books, listed below.

Web Sites to Try

If you like cooking, there are some great web sites for you to try.  Some of them are meant especially for kids.

Weekly Reader-Cooking with Kids

The Weekly Reader has been a trusted publication for kids for years.  At this site you'll find some great things to whip up and enjoy like Pumpernickel People and Nature's Candy.

Libby's Kitchen Kids Stuff

Here you'll find lots of recipes for fun stuff to eat and some fun stuff to play with. Try making Banana Blasters or Mud Pudding. Remember some of the recipes on this page are for things that you are not supposed to eat, like Gross Slime and Finger Paint.

Recipes by KIDS for KIDS

Have you ever eaten Ants on a Log?  You'll find out how to make them at this page. This page has recipes for kids by kids! From this page you can also go to other pages with good stuff to eat.  

Other Good Books

If you liked If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, I can think of some other books you might like. You might be able to find them at your public library or local bookstore.

More books by the same author, Laura Numeroff:

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
The Chicken Sisters

More books that have mouse characters:

Owen, by Kevin Henkes
Julius, the Baby of the World, by Kevin Henkes
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes

More books about cooking for kids:

**Note: Books about cooking can be found in your local public library in the kids' section.  If your library is arranged by the Dewey Decimal system, you might start at the number 641.5 to look for cookbooks.

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes, by Mollie Katzen (and Ann Henderson)

This "cookbook for preschoolers & up" is very neat! This book was written with the idea that kids and grown-ups could cook together.  Each recipe is written in the book two times.  First there is a rrecipe written in words for adults and older kids to read, and then there is a recipe with pictures and a few words that shows younger kids how to make the food. Try Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda Pop or Hide and Seek Muffins or any of the twenty recipes in the book. The book also has tips on adults and cooking together.

Kids in the Kitchen--100 Delicious, Fun & Healthy Recipes to Cook and Bake, by Micah Pulleyn & Sarah Bracken

This book has a good section of cooking terms in the beginning so kids can learn what they mean. Some recipes are harder than others but all of them looked fun.  You can see pictures of other kids as they are making the recipes. Some recipes that sounded especially good are Animal Crackers, GORP, and Mr. Fetti's Spaghetti.

Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook, by Gerald M. Knox (editor)

Here you'll find recipes from breakfast through dinner and dessert.You can also learn some different ktichen terms and techniques. The recipes in this book include step-by-step instructions. Pop-and-Crunch Snack Mix sounded good, and so did Cocoa Snowballs. This book might be a good one to use if you're in more of a hurry, because it tells you to buy some of the things already made and just add to them.

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