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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The stories illustrate simple correlations between cause and effect in ways kids will understand. The value of friendship and the importance of helping others is emphasized in these sweet stories.
Kids see the (often humorous) process of cause and effect in Mouse's experiences, reminding them that often the consequences of actions are unexpected. Mouse earnestly tries to solve the problems that arise, and his friends pitch in when they see he needs help. Reassuring messages about friendship and cooperation, as well as the value of being curious and asking questions.
Positive Role Models
Mouse's eagerness sometimes proves faulty as he jumps into situations without thinking, but he always takes responsibility for the things that go wrong and fixes them. Oliver and his animal friends are faithful and show kindness in simple but helpful ways.
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The series is inspired by picture books by Laura Numeroff.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is an animated series inspired by the characters from Laura Numeroff's popular children's books. These darling stories show Mouse, Pig, Cat, Moose, Dog, and their human friends following their imaginations into all kinds of funny circumstances. Kids see that actions have consequences that aren't always predictable. There's a lot of crossover between the books and this show's animation and dialogue, and sweet representations of friendship, kindness, and curiosity throughout.
Is It Any Good?
Numeroff's much beloved book characters are even more absorbing in these funny, heartwarming stories about impulsive Mouse and his friends. His imagination leads him in all sorts of unexpected directions -- playing superhero around the neighborhood, inventing a new game for mouse-size folks, and inviting his friends for an impromptu camping extravaganza -- all inspired by a simple object or a new idea. It's the kind of thing kids can relate to, and the lively stories celebrate creativity and trying new things.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie doesn't draw directly from the books for the plots of its stories, but fans will notice scenery and particular objects that are inspired by the written tales, since the animation stays so true to Felicia Bond's charming illustrations. At several points throughout the stories, the dialogue also mimics Numeroff's rhythmic "if/then" lines, helping kids make connections between the characters' actions and what happens next. These gentle reminders of cause and effect are not only funny, but also likely to prompt conversations about consequences and solving problems.
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