Pancakes, Pancakes!

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There’s a lot to be done before Jack can have his breakfast in this Ready-to-Read edition of Eric Carle’s classic tale.

The barnyard rooster crows and Jack wakes up—hungry, of course! What does he want for breakfast? A big pancake! But first, Jack’s mother needs flour from the mill, an egg from the black hen, milk from the spotted cow, butter churned from fresh cream, and firewood for the stove. Will Jack ever get his pancake?

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Overview

There’s a lot to be done before Jack can have his breakfast in this Ready-to-Read edition of Eric Carle’s classic tale.

The barnyard rooster crows and Jack wakes up—hungry, of course! What does he want for breakfast? A big pancake! But first, Jack’s mother needs flour from the mill, an egg from the black hen, milk from the spotted cow, butter churned from fresh cream, and firewood for the stove. Will Jack ever get his pancake?

With his trademark vibrant collage illustrations and lively text, Eric Carle has created a mouthwatering tale that’s been adapted into a Level 1 Ready-to-Read, making it ideal for sharing aloud with emerging readers.

By cutting and grinding the wheat for flour, Jack starts from scratch to help make his breakfast pancake.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sturdy board book editions introduce concepts and favorite characters to youngest booklovers. The board book edition of Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle tells youngsters how Jack goes about getting the ingredients for the titular meal, and all the steps along the way. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As portrayed in Carle's familiar, colorful collages, cornflakes just won't do for a determined lad who goes to great lengths to procure his favorite breakfast. Ages 3-7. (Nov.)
Children's Literature
The smiling pancake in the frying pan on the cover of this picture book is the end, not the beginning, of this wonderful story. With bright collage illustrations, Carle tells the story of young Jack who woke up and asked his mother for pancakes. She was certainly willing, but told Jack that she needed his help. From this point, kids learn what it takes to get the ingredients to make something as simple as a pancake. First the wheat is harvested, threshed, and taken to the miller to produce flour. Then Jack must collect eggs from the henhouse and milk from the cow. Next, his mother tells Jack that they need some butter so he is set to work at the churn turning the cream into butter. Finally, a fire is built, jam is procured from the storage shelves and then the ingredients as well as all the implements are ready to make a pancake. Jack's mother is a pro, she even flips the pancake high in the air to get it brown on both sides. Finally, Jack gets his delicious golden-brown pancake with strawberry jam on top. This is part of the "Stories to Go!" series. 2005 (orig. 1990), Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Carle's classic story about the ingredients and preparation of pancakes has been adapted into a read-alone format. Jack awakens to the rooster's crow and goes to the kitchen to ask his mother for a pancake. First, she needs flour. Jack cuts the wheat and takes it to the mill. He and the miller beat the grain from the stalks and grind it into flour. Next, Jack gets an egg from the hen house. After he milks the cow, he churns butter. He gathers wood for a fire and gets strawberry jam from the underground cellar. His mother mixes the ingredients in a bowl and fries the batter in a hot pan. She flips the pancake high in the air and places it on Jack's plate. Carle's signature illustrations contribute to the meaning of the text. A good conversation starter for helping children understand some of the processes involved in preparing foods they enjoy. Part of the "Ready-to-Read/Level 1" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442472747
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: World of Eric Carle Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 97,782
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle
Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Another Good Eric Carle book

    I purchased for my nephew (named Jack)...He enjoyed the story and loves pancakes.

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