Favorite Children’s Book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, Depicts Daily Drama for Us Adults…

One of our boys’ children’s books continues to amuse me. All three of our boys, John Jr., Gordy and Woody, absolutely loved If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

Its’ premise of cause and effect, better known as one-thing-leads-to-five (or more!) is so true of our lives and this crazy culture in which we live. Hubster and I were discussing this over some of his stellar Starbucks coffee just this morning…


You may recall, in the book, a merry little mouse is given a chocolate chip cookie by a cute little boy, clad in blue jeans and bright red high top sneakers…

The cookie makes the mouse thirsty,

and he asks for a glass of milk,

and a straw,

then a napkin,

then a mirror to be sure he’s not left wearing a milk mustache.

The challenges ensue, flat wearing out the little boy who supervises the mouse’s antics, and the cycle starts all over.

John and I have just engaged in a similarly incredible one-thing-leads-to-five scramble.

Ring of blue persons isolated on white background

After thirty-one delightful years of marriage, I’m pleased-as-punch to announce we’ve finally bought a king-size bed. Whenever we travel, we always choose a king, so why not at home for the love of Peter, Paul and Mary??? After all, Hubster is six feet and four inches tall!!!

Further miraculous, we ditched the double bed in Woody’s room (which is now the Guest Room) and moved our four- poster queen-size bed in there. It now “looks” more like a guest room and our guests will appreciate not having to cram themselves into a double bed.

Guest Bedroom

Ahhhhh, but as you know, it doesn’t end there. Queen-size sheets don’t quite fit on a king-size bed. And certainly one needs more than one set.

FORT COLLINS, CO, USA - SEPTEMBER 16 2014: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc

Plus (See how this works???) a new bed needs a mattress pad, and a blanket,

and a comforter,

and the king-size width now requires three pillows,

and three euros,

and decorative shams for those six new pillows (!!!)

and there you go.

(Thanks to Bed, Bath and Beyond, they take as many 20% off coupons as your little purse can hold.)

Once we got said bed assembled, we realized we needed a headboard!!! And oh, the choices!!! And bigger groaning: oh, the prices!!! (FYI—found a super deal via Home Decorator’s: www.homedecorators.com)

Headboard and new bed

I will not continue to confess how this has gone WAY BEYOND If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! May I just suggest that some reupholstering and a lot of painting presented themselves into the equation.

Not exactly sure how to arrive at a point of spiritual value here for us since I’ve wildly veered off the let’s-be-wise-stewards road. This is more of a take off on Fixer-Upper on HGTV.

However, I believe this can be a fun plug to all you Grandmothers and Mothers of young ones out there, who love to read to your babies. (I’ve saved loads of the boys’ favorite books for our someday grandchildren.) We all know the value of reading to our children and we love it when they remember years later!!!

Grandmother And Granddaughter Reading Book On Garden Seat

Here are some more of Laura’s books for when you’re itchin’ to read to your kids (or yourself!)




If you take a mouse to school




Laura’s newest book, published in 2014, Raising a Hero looks really good too. Jump onto her website, www.lauranumeroff.com and watch the video about this book and service dogs! The dog steals the show!!! It’s in a new series called Work for Biscuits. The book benefits Canine Companions for Independence www.cci.org

Work for Biscuits

Finally, let’s not forget that while If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is now considered a classic, the very best book you can read to your children and for yourself is The Good Book, God’s Word.

Try The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It’s fantastic for children and adults! Like when we read The Message to try to figure out a passage, the Jesus Storybook Bible helps us envision stories from the Bible we might not grasp by ourselves.


We’re never too old to read… To ourselves, to the elderly, and to the young.

Let’s close by reviewing these three verses:

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

Psalm 71:18 is my favorite: “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.”

‘Til next time!


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15 responses to “Favorite Children’s Book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, Depicts Daily Drama for Us Adults…

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  2. Stephanie Paulin

    Loved this Elizabeth! I need to check out some of those other books by Laura Numeroff. I got the Storybook Bible for my son a few months ago. We’ve been flipping through it together. He’s still a little young for it, but since he’s taking an interest in it, I keep reading!

    • The Storybook Bible is so good and the kids love the pics. Our middle son wanted one a while ago which is what turned me on to it! (He’s 25!!!)
      Hugs over to you and your sweet fam,

  3. Bonnie Martinell

    Great sharing, Elizabeth! At this point, I practically cower at the thought of changing ANYthing out or redecorating… it generally morphs into a virtual redo of the house! (Our idea a year ago to replace very-dated-hunter-green-tile in our bathroom exploded into the entire second floor getting renovated…)
    catch-up lunch SOON! 🙂

  4. Marte Hoagland

    I can’t believe that I have not read those cute books. They will be placed immediately on “GiGi’s” shopping list!
    Also, the Jesus Storybook Bible is excellent. I think I’m getting more out of it than Caroline right now.
    Enjoy your new bed, and pillows, and sheets, and paint………

    • Oh my goodness, your “grands” will love these books…and yes, you’ll have to come over & see our “new” bedroom….must put the bookshelves back together first, tho’! HA!
      See you soon! Dinner OUT???

      Love & hugs,

  5. Shirley

    I love those books too. And it definitely applies to adults. Everything calls for something else to be done. Where does it stop?

    • It doesn’t….we’re now moving into a potential bathroom remodel!!! Will show you our bedroom “changes” when you come over in a couple of weeks.
      Hugs across the river!!!

  6. A fun post. We have the “white belt” story in our family. Back in the leisure-suit days, we bought my dad a white belt. Well, that called for a pair of white shoes, then a new suit to go with the white shoes and white belt, which then meant a new tie. You get the picture. Lots of practical truths in those children’s stories. Reading to my seven grand kids has been a joy, especially feeding them God’s truths.

    • That’s hilarious….re: the “white belt” story….I’m a “victim” every scenario as our painter is painting our bedroom upstairs as I type….
      Hugs across town!!!

  7. deboracoty

    Thanks so much for these terrific book suggestions, Elizabeth. My grand-fold is expanding by exponential proportions and I’m always on the lookout for great books to read to and with the kiddos. As for our newest baby grands, the first “twin from different mothers” was born last week (the adopted girl) and the other (baby boy my daughter is giving birth to) is due next week. Happy days!

    • Good Morning my Fun Florida Friend! HUGE CONGRATS on your grand baby. Loved your post about all the happenings last week. WAY cool.
      Blessings and prayers to you and your sweet daughter. Keep us posted!!!
      Love from Louisville,
      Elizabeth =)

  8. Good Morning~

    Loved your post this morning – GOOD JOB!

    Hope you all are well as are your children.

    Love you,