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Title and Author: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Field of Philosophy: Logic; Metaphysics

Plot Summary: What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? And what happens after that? And after that and after that and after that? This story explores the logical connections among actions and how doing one thing leads to another as it moves through a day which begins with a gift of a cookie to a mouse. And then, remarkably, at the end, it starts all over again. Or does it?

Some discussion questions:

What will happen if you give a mouse a cookie?
What will happen if you do anything?
How do you know what’s going to happen?
Can we predict the future?
What is the difference between the past and the future?
What is it like to be a mouse?
Could you be friends with a mouse?
Could a mouse be a friend with you?