If you draw a preschooler a mouse

If you draw a preschooler a mouse,

She’ll tell you he looks hungry,
and ask you to draw him a plate of cheese.

When you draw the cheese,
she’ll tell you he needs a cracker.

And when she sees your cracker,
she’ll ask you for the pen.

She’ll draw a party hat on the mouse,
because it’s his birthday.

And because it is his birthday,
she’ll want to give him a present.

So she’ll draw him a cell phone,
and a house to live in.

Once she gives the mouse the cell phone,
he’ll need someone to call.
So she’ll draw him a grandmother.

But when the mouse calls his grandmother,
he’ll get so distracted,
he’ll forget to close the door.

Which is where the cat comes in.

C’mon. You knew The Five-Year-Old would fit a cat into her story somehow, didn’t you?

Many thanks (apologies?) to Laura Numeroff, whose excellent and extremely entertaining “If You Give…” series of books inspired this blog post.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to If you draw a preschooler a mouse

  1. Pingback: The Eight-Year-Old finds her limits | CATERPICKLES

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