A learning experience: whiny-mouse tale On Tuesday, the...

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April 05, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

A learning experience: whiny-mouse tale

On Tuesday, the Children's Theater Association, a nonprofit, Baltimore-based traveling group that creates and adapts plays for young audiences, performs a theatrical version of Laura Joffe Numeroff's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" at the Catonsville Branch Library.

The book tells the tail - er, tale - of a demanding little mouse who wears out his human friend with request after request, beginning with a seemingly innocent plea for a cookie. His entreaties snowball from there when he needs a glass of milk to go with the cookie, then a straw and so on.

The CTA's performance takes the basic story from the book, but adjusts it so phonics and reading skills are highlighted.

"It's a little lesson told with music and entertaining characters," says Michael Curran, the company's manager. "We read through the book with the kids and bring some of them up from the audience to play out the story ... and assemble words."

The show begins at 2 p.m., 1100 Frederick Road. Free tickets are required. Call the library for more information, 410-887-0951.

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