Thursday, February 07, 2008

In case of fire

firefishMy daughter saw the results of this idea at school yesterday and she said they were great fun to read.

It's based on "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff. If you haven't read it (the text is in the comments, though it's well worth borrowing the book to see the illustrations! -- there are also several follow ups) it begins with a simple action, which prompts other actions, that become more and more wild as they progress.

So here's the prompt:

Begin with "If there's a fire"

and end with "a fish will die."

1 comment:

Joyce Fetteroll said...

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Written by : Laura Joffe Numeroff
Illustrated by: Felicia Bond

If you give a mouse a cookie,
He’s going to ask for a glass of milk.

When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw.
When he’s finished, he’ll ask for a napkin.

Then he will want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache.

When he looks into the mirror, he might notice his hair needs a trim. So he will probably ask for a pair of nail scissors.

When he’s finished giving himself a trim, he’ll want a broom to sweep up. He’ll start sweeping. He might get carried away and sweep every room in the house. He may even end up washing the floors as well!

When he’s done, he’ll probably want to take a nap. You will have to fix a little box for him with a blanket and a pillow. He’ll crawl in, make himself comfortable and fluff the pillow a few times.

He’ll probably ask you to read him a story. So you’ll read him one from one of your books, and he’ll ask to see the pictures. When he looks at the pictures, he’ll get so excited he’ll want to draw one of his own. He’ll ask for paper and crayons.

He’ll draw a picture. When the picture is finished, he’ll want to sign his name with a pen.

Then he’ll want to hang his picture on your refrigerator. Which means he will need…scotch tape.

He’ll hang up his drawing and stand back to look at it. Looking at the refrigerator will remind him that he’s thirsty so…he’ll ask for a glass of milk.

And chances are if he asks for a glass of milk, he’s going to want a cookie to go with it.