A podcast about books from the Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Collection at American University in Washington DC.
I love how you take this in-depth look at the book. I would have never made the political connection you did and I believe that you did it accurately and well! Great insight :)
I really liked this podcast! I never made the political connection and I think that's great work on your part. I loved this book as a child and now when I read it to kids I wonder what message they are getting from it...probably just a story about a very demanding mouse, haha, but still this is an eye opener.-Danielle
While listening to your podcast I was thinking about the proverb "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I was therefore excited when you mentioned it at the end of your podcast but disappointed when you didn't delve into the proverb further. It seemed from the podcast that you had a negative opinion of the proverb. However, I think the proverb is a good way to aid in the discussion of providing welfare and sharing with others. Yes, you can be generous and give to others. But I believe it is often more beneficial to all involved parties if you provide the receiver of aid (or cookie) with the necessary support for them to acquire the tools they need to be independent of others.
I thought this was a really interesting take on If you Give a Mouse a Cookie! I had never thought of the book in political terms and connected it to capitalism. I found it interesting how this theme goes undetected by so many, as this book has become a classic. Very thorough analysis! - Maddie
I fondly remember this book from my childhood! Like many others have said, I would have never looked at this book through a political lens. While the book's intended audience is young children, your perspective demonstrates how this book's message can be relevant to readers of all ages.
I like the approach you took to your podcast. I have read this book many times but never thought of the ideas or concepts you brought up. I think your podcast correlates well to our class discussions about the importance of critically analyzing text.