My contribution for today in celebration of our food-related theme comes from the collaborative works of Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond. The If You Give… series started with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which was published in 1985 – my birth year! (How cool is that!) I’ve seen the If You Give… series a few times when I was still living in San Diego. The Wooster branch of the Wayne County public library has copies of three books in the series and I am delighted to share them with you today.
If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim…
If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it. When he’s eaten all your muffins, he’ll want to go to the store to get more muffin mix…
If you give a cat a cupcake, he’ll ask for some sprinkles to go with it. When you give him the sprinkles, he might spill some on the floor. Cleaning up will make him hot, so you’ll give him a bathing suit… and that’s just the beginning!
The three books mentioned above follow a circular way of storytelling. The stories are short, playful, and have just the right amount of entertainment. Felicia Bond’s illustrations are adorable, and the coloring reminded me of my story books when I was in preschool as well as my own way of coloring pictures. Of the three, my favorite is If You Give a Moose a Muffin. I thought it presented the funniest and most adorable scenarios.
The flow of the narrative in these books reminded me, in a way, of Lucille Colandro’s There Was an Old Lady… series. Although the events that take place in the If You Give… series may seem outrageous and downright ridiculous to some people, the books are great examples to teach cause and effect to kids, from preschool to 8 years of age. If you’re looking for something light but playful to read, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond’s If You Give… series is worth a shot.
Anyway, we’ve been having no-bake cookies lately, so I thought of sharing this simple recipe that my boyfriend’s mom follows, courtesy of Food Network. Here’s to yummy treats!
Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 tbsp cocoa
- 1 stick butter (we use salted sweet cream butter)
- 1/2 cup milk (whole milk for us)
- 1 cup peanut butter (creamy is yummy)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 3 cups oatmeal
- waxed paper
In a heavy saucepan, bring to a boil the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Let it boil for 1 minute. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by teaspoonfuls until cooled and hardened. (Easy peasy!)