Interlocking Pattern

The third pattern is the interlocking pattern. This pattern is one in which the episodes are interlocked. The events do not repeat or add.

The book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, uses the interlocking pattern. This book has become a series.

The interlocking pattern is good for teaching cause and effect, because one thing leads to another.

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw.... You can see that the events interlock.

Another book that uses the interlocking pattern is Each Peach Pear Plum. Each peach pear plum, I spy Tom Thumb. Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard. Mother Hubbard down the cellar, I spy Cinderella.

Each Peach Pear Plum also uses rhyme and rhythm. It is not uncommon for a children's picture book to use more than one language pattern.

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie and Each Peach Pear Plum are examples of children's picture books that use the interlocking pattern.

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