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If You Give a Pig a Pancake

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If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favorite maple syrup. She'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath. She'll ask you for some bubbles. When you give her the bubbles . . .

Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have done it again! As in their mega-sellers If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin, chaos is the order of the ...
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Overview

If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favorite maple syrup. She'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath. She'll ask you for some bubbles. When you give her the bubbles . . .

Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have done it again! As in their mega-sellers If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin, chaos is the order of the day when an accommodating little girl tries to keep up with the whims of a bossy little pig.

One thing leads to another when you give a pig a pancake.

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Editorial Reviews

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When it comes to children's books, it's hard to beat the bestselling team of author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond for creative and captivating tales that are both fun and educational. They continue the tradition that began with such whimsical titles as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin with yet another tale of actions and consequences: If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Once again, Numeroff follows the potential effects of one creature's chaotic demands, creating a tale filled with beguiling characters, delightful anticipation, and a fun sense of adventure.

In addition to being humorous and entertaining, If You Give a Pig a Pancake allows children to see how their own constant demands might frazzle their parents. Kids should also enjoy studying the subtleties in Bond's colorful illustrations, such as the facial expressions of the book's adorable protagonist or the details found in a mountain of bubbles and the contents of a closet. Easy to understand, stimulating to both mind and eye, and irresistibly amusing, this is one book children will likely want to read over and over again.

--Beth Amos

Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
Written with the same whimsical humor as the mouse and moose stories, Numeroff's book is another great addition to the insatiable animal collection. Through the behavior of a delightfully demanding pig, readers are shown the wonderfully erratic fashion in which young children seek out what they want, change their minds, and create general havoc in the course of a single day. Numeroff allows children to see themselves from a different angle by putting the child protagonist into the shoes of an awed, compliant, but sometimes nervous caretaker who must pick up after the pig. It may also give kids an idea of what it is like to be a parent. The vibrant illustrations are full of energy and humor to complement the twisting and turning narrative.
School Library Journal
(PreS-Gr 2) This delightful story continues the playfulness found in its predecessors, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1991, both HarperCollins). Here, a little girl is the patient hostess to a demanding piglet, whose myriad requests lead them from the kitchen table to the bathtub to the backyard. Along the way, the endearing porker puts on a pair of tap shoes, gets her picture taken balancing on top of the living room furniture, prepares a stack of mail to send to her friends, and builds and decorates a tree house. Preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy spotting the objects mentioned in the story. Beginning with the cover illustration of the piglet daintily perched on a windowsill, Bond has once again created an adorable character that expresses the text perfectly. The humor and quick pace of Numeroff's engaging narrative make this book an excellent choice for reading aloud. A surefire crowd-pleaser. -- Diane Janoff, Queens Borough Public Library, NY.
Kirkus Reviews
The familiar circular formula employing a cookie-eating, milk-guzzling mouse and muffin-eating moose now showcases a pancake-eating pig who, as readers may have come to expect, might be in need of some maple syrup. The domino effect is in full force: The sticky syrup must be dealt with in the bath; the bath demands a rubber duck; the duck prompts the pig to recall her farm origins; and so on. One adventure after another includes tap-dancing, picture-taking, and treehouse-building. In the act of interior decorating, the use of sticky wallpaper reminds the pig of the maple syrup, which leads back to the pancake. The funny, clever formula creates just the right amount of anticipation, with plenty of visual humor accompanying the antics. Whether the homesick pig is wrapped in a bath towel clutching her rubber duck or pirouetting on a tightrope, she'll please fans of the previous books, who will relish more of the same. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060266868
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: If You Give... Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 12,881
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give . . . series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She loves to play tennis and travel and lives in Los Angeles, California. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy.

Laura Numeroff, autora de numerosos libros para niños, entre los que se incluye la conocida serie Si le das . . . , The Chicken Sister y Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. Vive en Los Angeles, California, donde le encanta montar a caballo, leer biografías y jugar con sus mascotas. Parte de las regalías obtenidas por este libro serán donadas a First Book, una organización nacional sin ánimo de lucro que promueve el amor por la lectura.

Felicia Bond is the illustrator of numerous books for children. In addition to the If You Give . . . series, she has also illustrated, among other titles, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Little Porcupine's Christmas by Joseph Slate. She's the author and illustrator of the Poinsettia books, The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play, and Tumble Bumble. An avid animal lover, reader, and cook, she lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Felicia Bond ha ilustrado muchos libros para niños. Aparte de la conocida serie Si le das . . . , también ha ilustrado Big Red Barn por Margaret Wise Brown y Little Porcupine's Christmas por Joseph Slate. Es la autora e ilustradora de los libros Poinsettia: The Day It Rained Hearts, The Halloween Play y Tumble Bumble. Le encantan los animales, los libros al igual que cocinar. Vivió en Nueva York durante muchos años, y ahora vive en Austin, Texas, y Santa Fé, Nuevo México.

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Hey, Pigs Can't Climb Trees!

    My 4 yr old niece and her 3 yr old brother adore this book. The story is fast, fun and they love to jump in at the best parts, while laughing at the pictures. My nephew loves the picture of the pig climbing the treehouse cause 'he looks so silly!' It is never read just once at a sitting, wanting it 'again and again'. I look forward to getting more books in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Fun for Child and Parent

    What a fun read. Even though so much happens each page is only at most 2 sentances. This makes it easy to involve the child in 'following along'. My son loves the fact that I show the 'decline' of the little girl with changes in my voice becoming overrought about the never ending things to do to keep the pig happy. I can't wait to find the other If you.. books. Best Birthday present my son recieved. Thanks Grandma Nessie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    Recommended

    Entertained and held the attention of an active 4 year year old

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Timeless and for all ages

    I remember reading this book when I was in kindergarten and falling in love with it. The illustrations are cute and the story is amusing to children. I read it with my parents along with the other "If you give a..." books. Reading to children is so important because not only does it help the child become a better reader, but it creates a special bond between parent and child. The books I read as a child definitely have sentimental value to me. I am thankful that my parents took the time to introduce me to literature as a child. I am now entering high school and looking forward to reading it with my nieces and nephews and someday my own kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Great Book

    Love this book and so do my students!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Cute Addition to Favorites Collection

    A wonderfully entertaining read. Kids love the mischief. It's a short and sweet read that is funny and memorable. For the little ones, the similar structure to the "If You __________, A _________" allows for memorization. Great read. Highly recommended. Our family favorite of all the Numeroff/Bond books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

    IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE.

    I ACTUALLY BOUGHT THE BOOK FOR MY WIFE.SHE HAPPENDS TO ENJOY PIGS AND ANY THING THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE CHARARTER OF PIGS.THE DRAWING WAS EASY TO ENJOY AND THE STORY-LINE WAS GOOD!

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    My 7 year old loves these

    She will read it over and over till she memorizes the book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    Really funny and interesting

    A very funny and incredibly habit-forming read in the sense that while reading you can hardly wait to find out what this pig will request next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Great Book

    This book is halarious!!! I read it with my four year old daughter and we both laughed out loud! (Mostly me!) The islarstartions are fabulous!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    Makes me hungry just reading the title

    I love the style of this book and how one thing leads to another. Everything the character does leads to another event or action until it all comes full circle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    My sons favorite book

    This is my sons favorite book. I have been reading it to him since he was three, he is now five years old and it is still his favorite. We make up our own 'if you give shawn a pancake' story and he LOVES it. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    This is a wonderful book!!!

    This is one of the cutest books I have ever read to children. It really is funny and keeps their attention. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    Excellent

    This is an excellent book for all children. I have read this book numerous times. It is a great book for young children since it is predictable. Children find humor in the pig always wanting more. I highly recommend this book for anyone with children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Peripheral Vision Run Rampant!

    In Peripheral Visions, Mary Catherine Bateson argues successfully that we see ourselves best from a different cultural perspective. Laura Joffe Numeroff understands that concept well, and applies it brilliantly in this hilarious, modern version of an Aesop's fable. The role reversal begins with a young girl eating a pancake in her kitchen. A friendly piglet looks through the window and nicely inquires about the possibility of acquiring a pancake as well. As you can see, this is a pretty unusual beginning for a story. Few of us associate girls and pigs. Now, pigs will eat anything, so it's unusual to think of them as being discriminating. Also, have you ever seen a piglet hanging on a window sill? How did she get there? All of these changes quickly set up the story to create new perceptions. Adults will appreciate the humorous, indirect reference to that classic dish in pancake houses everwhere of 'pigs in a blanket' (pancakes wrapped around long sausages). The delicious incongruities are piled on, one after another. When the piglet gets sticky from eating syrup with the pancake, the piglet decides she wants to take a bath. Piglets and baths create a hilarious image, because pigs usually like to wallow in the mud. This piglet has many cultivated tastes. She gets interested in tap dancing, and needs a costume. She also gets homesick, and wants to write to her friends. She takes Polaroid pictures to send to them. On the way out to mail the letters and photographs, she spots a tree and wants to build a tree house. Naturally, this requires some serious decorating, with wallpaper and paste. Yup, pretty soon she's sticky. That reminds her of syrup. Now wouldn't a pancake go nicely with that? As you can see, the role reversal continues by making the child in the story into the caretaker (parent, older sibling, or baby sitter). While the piglet is full of energy, the girl becomes quite tired. Also, notice that the piglet does nothing for the girl. This gives the perspective of what it is like to be with someone who is demanding, and not considerate in return. There are no pleases, thank yous, or gifts. A hint of the regular world peeks in through the mess that the piglet is making with the girl's help. Someone is not going to be pleased to see all of this. Your child will instinctively pick up on that problem. As a result, your child can learn from this book lessons like -- how demanding it can be to be a care provider -- how ceaseless a child's demands can be -- how spontaneity can create the opportunity for many interesting activities that would not otherwise occur -- the benefits of having everyone help keep things neat and tidy as you go (clean up one thing before starting another) -- how all things are ultimately connected in many ways (this stimulates creativity and problem solving) -- how things can be different than they are now . . . if only we focus our attention and efforts on them. Beyond the lessons, this is a delightful book for a beginning reader. The humor draws their attention, so that the book will soon become a

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