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If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

Laura Numeroff's If You Give … book series has charmed children since the first book was published in 1985. Here, If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie is the inspiration for a 40-minute holiday special from Amazon Prime Video.

The animation in this tale stays true to Felicia' Bond's vivid pencil sketches that make the children's book series such a visual delight. Gentle up-tempo songs further enhance the storytelling as young human Oliver, Mouse, and their many friends (including a cast of talking animals) prepare for the upcoming holiday. They bake Christmas cookies and prepare a special one for Santa and then it's time for Oliver to perform in a holiday pageant. Fans of the children's books will recall Mouse's impatient nature and it's on display here, too, as he quizzes Oliver about what he'll be doing in the pageant. When Oliver won't reveal the secret, Mouse takes matters into his own paws and enlists his animal pals to sneak into the practice session for a preview of the show. Things don't go quite as planned and the scenery and props get ruined. Rather than cancel the show, the animals, led by Mouse, set off to right the wrong and replace the props, but they don't always resist the fun distractions they encounter along the way. The pageant goes on as planned except for the finale and when the animals decide to solve that problem, too, it ends in a performance no one could have expected!

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie is recommended for elementary-aged children but this is the sort of happy holiday viewing that will appeal to the entire family. Curl up together-preferably with Christmas cookies - and tune in for what just may become an annual holiday tradition.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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