Monday, August 13, 2007

to give a mouse...

If you give a mouse a cookie he'll want a glass of milk to go with it. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask for a straw.

This is my new best friend's favorite book. My new bff is the kiddo on my caseload I spend the most time with. He's a great little guy and I love working with him.

I have read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at least 50 times since the first day of school. Two-three times a day, every school day. I have it memorized. I could even describe the pictures to you perfectly, giving full detail of all the things the little boy pulls out of the cabinet. I know because we go through each object. "Is that a cookie? Noooo. Is that a cookie? Noooo."

Now that I've become very familiar with the book I find myself writing my own version in my head while I work to keep my kiddos on task.

...If you give a kindergartner a book he'll want you to read it to him. When you open it to read it he'll remember his other favorite book in the classroom library. When he walks to the bookshelf he'll see a pillow and remember that he's tired. He'll lay down to sleep and see his friend's spiderman shoes. Thinking of shoes will remind him that he has shoe laces. He'll want to untie his laces and will want you to tie them. When you tie them he'll want to walk quickly in his shoes. Walking quickly will remind him of recess and he'll want to go outside and play. When you say 'not right now' he'll remember he misses his mom. He'll start to cry and to distract him you'll want to him. And if you're going to read to him, you'll want to get him the book.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like it's time to move on to 'If You Give A Moose a Muffin.'

Jenny said...

You. Are. Brilliant.

Suzanne G. said...

I say, have the child recite it to you every day from memory, standing on a chair, in a hat, with an artificial beard. He should impersonate Lincoln and say the text very seriously. Then he can make it into a song.

This is a great story!

Sara Leonard said...

You're the best. I miss you guys!!!!