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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While it's not the outright moral of the story, kids see that actions have consequences that sometimes challenge expectations.
Simple examples of cause and effect remind kids that actions always have consequences, often unexpected ones. Mouse does his best to fix the problems he causes, with some help from his friends. Reassuring messages about friendship throughout.
Positive Role Models
Mouse means well, but his eagerness and impatience cause trouble for him and his friends. Oliver demonstrates how much Mouse means to him in a sweet, surprising way. When the chips are down, all of Mouse's pals band together to help him.
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This special is inspired by the characters from a popular series of picture books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie is inspired by the characters in the popular picture book series by Laura Numeroff and follows Mouse and his human friend, Oliver, as they prepare for Christmas. As he's prone to doing, Mouse is easily distracted from the task at hand, and that, coupled with some impatience on his part, leads to some trouble for him and his friends. He's instantly sorry and tries hard to set things right, but it's not as easy as he hopes. With every twist and turn of fortune, though, Mouse learns the value of paying attention and thinking things through. Themes of friendship and forgiveness are evident in this fun holiday story, and cheery music helps set the festive mood. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Laura Numeroff's books have delighted kids and parents with their rhythmic, chain-of-events tales of distraction and happenstance that come full circle at the stories' end. So goes this sweet Christmas story that brings to life Numeroff's original series hero, Mouse. He's joined by others who've since starred in their own books -- Cat, Dog, Pig, and Moose -- and who can't quite manage to rein in their impulsive friend's eagerness to see, do, learn, and attempt to fix. Youngsters no doubt can relate to Mouse's enthusiasm, especially for Christmas and all its joys, and they will enjoy seeing him and his friends in motion in this sweet tale.
Transitioning a beloved book or character from print to screen takes some care, and there's a fine line between embellishing the story and replacing it altogether. If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie stays faithful to the artistic style of Numeroff's books and incorporates just the right number of famous lines from them. ("If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk.") It's also fun to see Mouse interact with his friends and to find out more about the silent human in the stories, Mouse's person Oliver.
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