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 write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, muse about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, or tweet 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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