If You Give a Pig a Pancake

If You Give a Pig a Pancake


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If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439046213
Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Limited
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Series: If You Give... Series
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling 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 lives in Los Angeles, California, and is involved with several children’s charities, including First Book. You can visit her online at www.lauranumeroff.com.

Felicia Bond is both writer and illustrator of Tumble Bumble, The Day It Rained Hearts, the Poinsettia books, and many others. She painted the art for numerous other award-winning books, including those in the much loved If You Give . . . series and the contemporary classic Big Red Barn. She lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Brentwood, California

Date of Birth:

July 14, 1953

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York


B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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Entertained and held the attention of an active 4 year year old
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dylan_of_the_clique More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and so do my students!
BCT More than 1 year ago
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.
dettie1969 More than 1 year ago
She will read it over and over till she memorizes the book!!
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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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