If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Ages: 0 - 5Producer: Amazon Studios Rating: TV Y - All Children

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie . . . adventures abound, problems are solved, and lessons are learned.  This half-hour animated children’s series offers two separate stories in each episode, teaching viewers about cause-and-effect in the most adorable way.

In Looking After Lovey, Mouse’s friend Moose is upset, and if Mouse sees an upset friend, then he should try to help that friend.  In this instance, Moose needs someone to “babysit” his beloved stuffed pal Lovey while he attends an event.  And if Mouse’s friend needs a babysitter, then Mouse must volunteer for the job.  It’s a sweet little construct that teaches kids about the concept of being reliable.    

In The Old Shell Game, Mouse meets a hermit crab in need of a new seashell home. And if his crabby pal needs a shell but none are readily available, then Mouse will find unusual substitutions for the hermit crab to call home.In Space Odd-issy, using one’s imagination is at the heart of the if/then device; and in Stuff-on-a-Stick, Mouse and friends devise a plan to raise money for tickets to see a show and end up learning an important lesson about competition and cooperation instead.

The storylines in this series are creative, the characters are kind, the animation is top-notch, and there’s a true educational mission at the heart of it all.  Many shows promote social and emotional learning but few do it in as charming a way as If You Give a Mouse A Cookie.  


Gina Catanzarite ©2020 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 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.