If You Give a Mouse a Cookie


My daughter had two baby showers this week-end while she is visiting Colorado.  She received two copies of the popular children’s book If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. It reminded me of this fun little ditty written a few years ago.  Maybe you can identify.  Read on:images-1

If you give a Homeschooling Mom a Cookie by Sher Birmingham

If you give a Homeschooling Mom a cookie, she’ll want the recipe.

She will plan a complete unit study on the History of Cookies.

The family will take field to a farm and see where we get eggs, milk and grain.

At home they will make butter out of milk.

The children will want to start grinding their own grain. Mom will purchase a Bosch Universal Kitchen System.

She will remember she will need a new list of cookbooks.

So she will order An Introduction To Whole Grain Baking w/ CD, Desserts, The Cooking With Children CD, and Lunches & Snacks Cookbook by Sue Gregg, also Whole Foods for Kids to Cook.

Mom orders a 100 lb bag of wheat berries. Now she will grind her own wheat grain into flour. The children remember the farm field trip and knowing they can’t possibly get a cow they beg for a few chickens.

So on to a trip to the library to research how to build a chicken coop and to how to care for chickens. On the way out the door Mom sees the book, Chicken Tractor, by Andy Lee & Pat Foreman.

They stop by the Feed and Seed to pick up materials and ask where to purchase the chicks.

There the clerk tells them about eggs that can be incubated. He sells them a book on hatching eggs, eggs, and incubator.

At home Mom and the younger children set up the incubator while Dad and the older children build the chicken tractor.

Back to the library to pick up gardening books and more books on chickens.

The oldest daughter now starts a business grinding flour for the her friend’s families. While her younger sisters are selling homemade cookies to their neighbors.

The boys have started building a new chicken tractor because they want more eggs for breakfast.

That cookie that started all this was the homeschooling mom’s three year old who ate it.

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