It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Most of us probably remember reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. In the original, charming tale, depicts a little boy trying to appease a mouse with a cookie, and then a glass of milk, on and on, until the story comes full circle and the mouse asks for another cookie. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was followed up by several more in the same vein; If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Dog a Donut, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, and more. These books are all super fun for preschoolers and early school-agers, but they’re still a bit much for my toddler to sit through.
I’m here to tell you that even if your little one is still very squirmy and hard on books, you can still enjoy the charming artwork and storytelling of Numeroff and Bond. The first time we encountered one of these Mouse board books was in the form of It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! It’s time for Mouse to decorate his pumpkins. He paints faces on four pumpkins, and each is a different emotion. Then, his friend, Dog, joins him, and the two have even more fun together.
The story is very easy to follow, and the pictures are just as charming as those in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This is one of Monkey’s favorite books to read over and over. I like to ask her where Mouse is on each page, as well as quiz her on the emotions depicted by the various pumpkins. There are also a few chances to count all of the pumpkins. Since Monkey likes this book so much, and it gives us so much to learn in such simple pictures, I’ll give this book a five egg rating. If you want a charming board book for fall, this one is a great pick. It will keep your little one learning while they play with Mouse and Dog.
Numeroff, L., & Bond, F. (2012). Its pumpkin day, mouse! New York, NY: HarperCollins .
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