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Si llevas un raton a la escuela (If You Take a Mouse to School)


Si llevas un ratón a la escuela, te pedirá que le prestes tu maletita del almuerzo. Una vez que se la hayas prestado, también querrá un sándwich. Después, necesitará una libreta y lápices. Es casi seguro que también quiera compartir tu mochila…

El famoso personaje de si llevas un ratón al cine y si le das una galletita a un ratón, títulos que han ocupado el primer lugar en ventas en la lista de The New York Times, regresa para relatarnos sus aventuras de la primera vez que va a ...

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Si llevas un ratón a la escuela, te pedirá que le prestes tu maletita del almuerzo. Una vez que se la hayas prestado, también querrá un sándwich. Después, necesitará una libreta y lápices. Es casi seguro que también quiera compartir tu mochila…

El famoso personaje de si llevas un ratón al cine y si le das una galletita a un ratón, títulos que han ocupado el primer lugar en ventas en la lista de The New York Times, regresa para relatarnos sus aventuras de la primera vez que va a la escuela. ¡Sólo Laura Numeroff y Felicia Bond pueden lograr que la escuela sea tan divertida!

Follows a boy and his mouse through a busy day at school.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Bringing a plucky mouse to school isn't the wisest idea, no matter how much fun it might seem. Thankfully, the bestselling duo of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond -- creators of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -- have teamed up to show us the hijinks a whiskered school guest could cause.

Starting with asking for your lunchbox, this critter is set for mischief. The feisty mouse asks for a snack for later (cookies of course), a notebook, and pencils, and wants "to share your backpack, too." After he arrives at school, the pushy classmate tries his hand (make that paw) at math and writing on the blackboard, afterward whipping up a messy, pink science experiment and building a "little mouse house" from blocks. The schooltime antics don't stop there, but a busy mouse tends to get hungry after so much playtime. Naturally his snack is in the lunchbox, which is stored "in a safe place" with his new picture book inside.

Following the whimsical style of their previous books, Numeroff and Bond have done it again. Their high-adrenaline mouse will have readers cheering while their eyes comb the illustrations for extra nibbles of fun. Although the book's main human character looks positively exhausted at the end, we can only holler for more of the little guy with the huge school spirit. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
In a rollicking romp, Numeroff and Bond send the energetic, exuberant star of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (and his boy sidekick) into the classroom. After pulling on his overalls, the diminutive character makes his first request ("He'll ask you for your lunchbox") and then demands a snack, notebook and pencils before climbing into the boy's backpack. Once at school, the mercurial mouse happily bounds from one activity to the next: he spells "a word or two" on the blackboard (Bond shows these as an impressive list headed by "onomatopoeia"), conducts a science experiment (purple matter erupts from his beaker), builds "a little mouse house" out of blocks (the edifice looks quite elaborate) and fashions furniture for it with clay. Realizing he needs something on his new bookshelf, the ambitious critter collects paper and pencils and creates his own book, which he then wants to take home, in "your" lunch box. As animated as the whiskered student it depicts, Bond's art lives up to expectation, featuring her customary crisp colors and kid-pleasing details. Its school setting, tried-and-true tone and popular protagonist mark this title as a winner. Ages 3-7. (July) FYI: Numeroff will donate a portion of her royalties to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The engaging mouse of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies this time accompanies his young friend to school. He continues his usual practice of always "needing" or "wanting" something more. As he joins the students at the chalkboard, experiments in science class, eats lunch, builds a mouse house from blocks, and even writes a book, his antics add fun to the familiar activities. Again, Bond's sketchy colored drawings tell a considerably more elaborate story than the spare text. Visuals exploit the imaginative possibilities of words, creating a very charming anthropomorphic star. 2002, Laura Geringer Books/HarperCollins Publishers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-That adorable rodent, dressed in his tiny blue overalls, returns with all the ebullience and adventurous spirit he displayed in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (2000, both HarperCollins). This time he accompanies his human friend to school, and his enthusiasm for learning fascinates the class. Mouse joyfully discovers new activities, which include performing a science experiment, building a "mouse house" with blocks, writing a book, and more. Bond's illustrations are an essential part of the story, with visual clues that link it to the original-chocolate-chip cookies appear on pajamas, in a lunch box, and as a refrigerator magnet. White backgrounds allow the crisp, bright watercolors to stand out and invite perusal. With his minuscule backpack and expansive joie de vivre, the little charmer exudes excitement about everything he undertakes, and the day turns into a lively experience for mouse and boy.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
That well-known mouse runs his little boy ragged-this time by accompanying him to school. After packing a lunchbox full of treats and a backpack full of supplies, they head for the classroom. Things seem to be running smoothly until the mouse decides to do a bit of exploring. After trying his hand at the blackboard, demonstrating some impressive spelling and mathematical skills, he decides to attempt a science experiment. After a quick cleanup, he uses his artistic skills to build a house from blocks, furnishing it with clay furniture. While enjoying his new home, he munches his lunch then decides that he needs books for his bookcase. After writing a book, shooting hoops, skateboarding, and playing a bit of soccer outside, mouse is hungry again. A quick search for the missing snack ends happily back at school, leaving mouse to nibble on a cookie and do a bit of reading. With this pair's standard refrain, the lessons of cause and effect are not lost, even though the situations sometimes become outrageous. Still, no one will be able to resist Mouse's exuberance for learning as he happily charges through his day. A giggle-fest is sure to accompany this little guy wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060523404
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: If You Give... Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 267,694
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give . . . series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She loves to play tennis and travel and lives in Los Angeles, California. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy.

Laura Numeroff, autora de numerosos libros para niños, entre los que se incluye la conocida serie Si le das . . . , The Chicken Sister y Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. Vive en Los Angeles, California, donde le encanta montar a caballo, leer biografías y jugar con sus mascotas. Parte de las regalías obtenidas por este libro serán donadas a First Book, una organización nacional sin ánimo de lucro que promueve el amor por la lectura.

Felicia Bond is the illustrator of numerous books for children. In addition to the If You Give . . . series, she has also illustrated, among other titles, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Little Porcupine's Christmas by Joseph Slate. She's the author and illustrator of the Poinsettia books, The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play, and Tumble Bumble. An avid animal lover, reader, and cook, she lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Felicia Bond ha ilustrado muchos libros para niños. Aparte de la conocida serie Si le das . . . , también ha ilustrado Big Red Barn por Margaret Wise Brown y Little Porcupine's Christmas por Joseph Slate. Es la autora e ilustradora de los libros Poinsettia: The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play y Tumble Bumble. Le encantan los animales, los libros al igual que cocinar. Vivió en Nueva York durante muchos años, y ahora vive en Austin, Texas, y Santa Fé, Nuevo México.


If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

Interviews & Essays

A Conversation with Laura Numeroff
Q. The If You Give a... series has a unique style of its own. Where did this style come from and how has it contributed to the success of the series?

A. The idea for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie came to me on a long, boring car trip. I had an image in my head of a little mouse nibbling on a gigantic chocolate chip cookie. I pictured him getting crumbs in his whiskers, and then wanting some milk, and so the whole story unraveled right until the end when he was thirsty again and wanted another glass of milk! I've been told by parents and teachers that kids like the circular pattern of the If You Give a... books, and how one thing eventually leads to another. When I first read the story to a classroom, the teacher said, "That’s a wonderful circular story." I had no idea what that was, as I had never set out to write one!

Q. Tell us about the various charities you are involved with, particularly First Book. Why is it important to give a child his or her first book?

A. I made a decision a few years ago to start donating a portion of my royalties to charity. They have included the North American Handicapped Riders Association, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, as well as many others. I heard about First Book through HarperCollins and thought the idea of a giving a child his or her own book, when they otherwise would never have the opportunity to own one, was wonderful. Books can open up new worlds, inspire kids to use their imagination, and take them to places they'd never be able to go on their own.

Q. Your new book is called If You Take a Mouse to School. What made you decide to bring Mouse to school? Did you base any of the scenes on your own experiences?

A. Mouse and I don’t have much in common when it comes to school. First of all, he’s good in math! Also, I always wanted to do very messy science experiments in school, but never got the chance. I gave Mouse the opportunity so I could live vicariously through him. He’s also a bit of a sports nut, but I was always figuring out a way to get out of gym!

Q. Mouse’s curious nature enables him to make the most of his day at school. Describe your typical day.

A. My typical day starts out by cuddling with my dog Sydney and then taking him for a walk. After breakfast, I spend the morning catching up on phone calls and e-mails. I eat my lunch outside in my backyard. The view is spectacular and it always feels like a mini-vacation seeing the mountains and the city! Then I spend the rest of the day working on my latest book. Three days a week I go horseback riding or I go to the gym and work out with weights. I also like to hike on the trails near my house. And at night, I love getting into bed with my dog and cats and reading, especially biographies.

Q. Animals with active imaginations are an important part of your stories. How does your love of animals influence your work?

A. I have always loved animals as much as I love books. I still have the Field Guide to Dogs from when I was a child. I used to memorize as many breeds as I could. My dog, Sydney, is an Australian Shepherd. I also have two cats, Lily and Petunia. Sydney’s a sheepherder but since I don’t have any sheep, he herds my cats! They put up with it but you can tell by the look on their faces that they’re not amused! I often find them sleeping together, which is the cutest thing. One day I’d love to live on a farm and have llamas, cows, miniature horses, a few sheep, and more dogs and cats! Being such an animal lover, I try to write my books about them!

Q. Speaking of animals, Laura Numeroff’s 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster features a different kind of pet. How did you become such an expert on monsters?

A. I saw my first monster in my backyard. I made a note of it and continued to be on the lookout for more. Over the years, through all my travels, I’ve become quite the expert and have done extensive research on the behavior of monsters. They never fail to amaze me! I’m still hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare Jiggledy Finkler!

Q. What books inspired you to become a writer?

A. As soon as I was old enough to have my very own library card, I would take out six books at a time (that was the maximum) and go back for more the following week. I loved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Eloise by Kay Thompson, and any book by Marguerite Henry or Beverly Cleary.

Q. The If You Give a... series is so beloved by children. How do you feel when you see the way children react to your books?

A. It is the greatest feeling in the world to see a young child happily clutching my book in anticipation of me autographing it. When they tell me it’s their favorite book, I am so touched and honored! But I’ll never forget the little boy who said, "You’re ruining my book," as I signed my name in it! I only hope kids enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed reading my favorites when I was a kid.

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