If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books features eight delightful stories that come to life performed by a multi-racial cast, and is a revised version of Reading Rainbow. The stories present various issues, themes, and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children. Books featured in the show include:
“Amazing Grace” follows young Grace as she attempts to break stereotypes in an effort to play the title character in her school’s production of Peter Pan. Based on Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, adapted by Kirsten Childs.
“Borreguita and the Coyote” is the classic Mexican tale of a little lamb or borreguita who uses her wits to escape a hungry coyote. Based on Borreguita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema, adapted by Robert J. Lopez and Jeffrey Marx.
In “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” a boy shares his snack with a hungry, demanding mouse, and learns a hilarious lesson about cause-and-effect. Based on If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, adapted by Jeremy Desmon and Patrick Dwyer.
In “Imogene’s Antlers,” young Imogene is delighted to wake up with “cool” antlers, but soon discovers that her parents and school principals do not share her enthusiasm. Based on Imogene’s Antlers by David Small, adapted by Robert J. Lopez and Jeffrey Marx.
Based on a Nigerian tall tale, “Master Man” concerns a man whose muscles are as big as his ego, who earns his comeuppance when he claims to be the strongest man in the world. Based on Master Man by Aaron Shepard, adapted by Jordan Allen-Dutton & Erik Weiner and James-Allen Ford. “Math Curse” playfully addresses the phobia some kids have when tackling seemingly difficult math problems. Based on Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, adapted by Mindi Dickstein.
“Owen” just can’t bear to part with his beloved blanket Fuzzy–a problem, since he is about to start kindergarten. Owen’s understanding mother provides a clever solution. Based on Owen by Kevin Henkes, adapted by Faye Greenberg and David Evans.