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If You Give a Pig a Pancake Big Book (If You Give...)

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Chaos is the order of the day when an accommodating little girl tries to keep up with the whims of a busy little pig. Teachers can now share this favorite, mega-selling story with their classes in the forever-popular Big Book format.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 5th 2000 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1998)
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Josh Caporale
May 04, 2016 Josh Caporale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THESE are the kinds of children's books I enjoy and feel that children should be reading or having read to them! This is a modern classic that is placed in the series of books that includes "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "If You Give a Moose a Muffin." One zany thing leads to another and it is just wacky and hilarious. At the same time, children will almost definitely understand everything that is going on in this "if and then" arrangement. The pig is quite adorable, while also being quite f ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Reham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you give a pig a pancake:6-8

I liked this story; it gives you so many ideas to work with, such as pancake lesson, Sequence, what comes after each steps. Teach the children very nice things like when you want to send a letter what should you do first, write the letter down, then put it in the envelop and put stamps and take it to the mailbox. Another thing is the tree house, what you need when you want to build one. Also the story shows how much the girl care about her pet.

Learning experience:
This is a story about a little girl who tries to satisfy the desires of a pig. The story begins when the little girl gives the pig a pancake and snowballs from there. Next, the pig wants syrup and then she gets sticky so she'll need a bath. The story goes on and on and eventually ends up where she [the pig] wants more pancakes, which leaves the reader feeling like it's a never-ending story. The illustrations by Felicia Bond present the little pig's actions fairly well, but the layout can be conf ...more
Heather Hilliker
This is a story with a theme of consistency and caretaking. In this story the little pig receives a pancake from a young girl, but then the pig continues to ask for more and more. The little girl persists in his wants, and it is humorous to see the pig's destruction. This book is for beginning reading levels. The format is fun since it is a continuous flow from one need to another for the pig. This children's picture book is hilarious and joyful!

As a teacher I would use this book to teach young
Zequoia Hyche
I think that this book is very expressive in the way that it was both written and illustrated. I like how the events that took place are displayed in sequential order. It helps readers to understand that once the pig has done something, this is what happens next all the way to the end of the book. But what is neat-is that once you reach the end of the book... it sets the story back up as if the sequence would start over again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the children that I work with seem ...more
Becca Wilson
Jan 29, 2016 Becca Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a thrilling story about what would happen if you were to give a pig a pancake, and although it seems harmless, this story proves that you would be in for quite the day. The pig would probably want syrup, then a bath, new clothes, to tap dance, wear a costume, send a letter, take a picture, and eventually want a pancake all over again! The main theme of this story is that sometimes when you have lots of demands for someone, it can get crazy and that person gets tire ...more
Lorelei Ponto
Mar 25, 2015 Lorelei Ponto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" to my cousin, who loves reading and listening to books. We owned this book. When I was a kid I enjoyed it very much. I still think it is a great book. All children would love to read.

This story is about a pig who wants some pancakes, then some syrup, and the pig would keep asking for more things throughout the book. At the end of the book the pig ends up wanting more pancakes. This makes the reader wonder what the pig might want
Megan Mandl
Personal Response: This book and others in the series were some of my favorite and most memorable childhood books. I love the chaos, the unpredictability, the spontaneity, and the funny storyline. I love how there is no way to know what happens next and I remember always finding these books exciting. I also like how the pictures are all set on a white background, because it adds focus to whatever crazy thing the pig is doing.

- ages 3-7
Read Aloud for Enrichment:
- the pig is a round ch
Alyssa Paulson
Feb 09, 2016 Alyssa Paulson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really cute and the illustrations supported the storyline throughout the book. It is a book that I would read to my class during a morning meeting or if there is a lull in the schedule for the day. It is a fun book where the storyline is funny, keeps you guessing what else the pig will want or need, and so forth. Overall, this picture book was a quick and fun read!
Cindy Boogie
May 06, 2015 Cindy Boogie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I had this book when I was a little girl, it's great to read it again! It's a really good children's book with rhymes and a cue pig as the main character.
Jul 02, 2012 Ina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime-reads
Laura Numeroff's books are such classics, and all the kids love them. The gently outrageous consequences that stem from a simple act: giving a mouse a cookie, a muffin to a moose or a pancake to a hungry pig - are sure to make any reader smile. The kids hung on every word and took in every colorful, detailed picture. They even giggled at most of them. They also knew what was coming so when we got to the last page, they all knew that the pig, in the end was going to ask for a pancake. After words ...more
Danylle DuPris
Oct 30, 2012 Danylle DuPris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an okay book. It pretty much talks about a pig that was eating a pancake with syrup. The pig gets all sticky and takes a bath with a rubber duck. Having that rubber duck made the pig homesick making her do all kinds of crazy things. At the end after the pig built a tree house, she wanted more syrup, and if she wanted more syrup, that means she wants another pancake. The book gives out a good story for little kids. If you miss someone try finding other things to do to keep your ...more
Nia King
If you give a pig a pancake is a very humorous story. This story has a lot of sequencing and can help a child understand steps. Often times students can relate because they'll ask for one thing, then another, then another.
Jermeria Daniel
I would use this book for the sequence of events element. As an activity to reinforce and retell the story, I would print out picture cards of all the items in the book and have children place them in order.
Holly Letson
This is such a cute little story. I really enjoy this series.
Jan 31, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I interpreted this book at work to Ashley! She enjoyed it :)
Sadie Kaminske
I think that the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake, is a good book for young children. They would be interested in the pictures, and the message isn't hard to understand. I connected with the book, because the girl in the book connects well with pets. It shows you how you can become close with a pet. If You Give a Pig a Pancake is not just about connecting with a pet, it also shows that it is a lot of work to have a pet. The girl loves her pig, but by the pictures you can tell it is hard work to ...more
Cortnee Hill
Feb 26, 2016 Cortnee Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-k through First grade
Genre: Fantasy
Ages: 3-7

I absolutely enjoy the "if you give.." series. This was actually my first time reading this particular one and I thought that it was pretty good, and very appropriate for young children at the Preschool and Kindergarten level. This whimsical tale of catering to a pig provides themes of cause and effect which can definitely provide an opportunity for children to make meaningful predictions about what will happen next in the story. The illustrations in this book are also col
Karissa Kelly
If You Give a Pig a Pancake is about and pig who wants everything and a girl who tries to give it to her. Beginning with a pancake, the pig wants syrup on it. Then, she gets sticky from the syrup, so she wants a bath. But she wants to have fun in the bath, so of course she needs the girl's rubber ducky. Consequently, the rubber ducky reminds the pig of home, so she has to go home and the girl must come with her. So on and so on, this pattern goes on, until the end, when the pig gets sticky from ...more
Jessi Estes
Apr 07, 2015 Jessi Estes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you give a pig a pancake, he clearly is going to want this...then that....then that and this and then and this and that. This book basically is just a series of events. It's how a girl wants to please this pig and once she gives him one thing, the pig is going to want another thing. It's like a round, it goes back to square one at the end. It's really cute how the pig gets into different situations where he needs one thing after another. At some point he'll need syrup, then a bath, then a rub ...more
Kevin Rosendale
Mar 20, 2015 Kevin Rosendale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura Numeroff, and Felicia Bond are at it again in their latest installment of "If You Give a..." series. If You Give a Pig a Pancake, is a playful, and interactive book. The book is a play on the saying life comes full circle, as we see the story ending the way it began. The book starts off with the pig being outside the window wanting a pancake, and once the girl gives the pig a pancake the story spirals into a mash up of events. It starts with the pig being sad and missing home so the girl g ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Joffe Numeroff's and Felicia Bond's "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" is a wonderfaul addition to the story set started off by their "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". Continuing in the same story type, this book follows the series of events that ensue after a young girl treats a pig to a pancake. What begins with wanting a bit of syrup to go with the pancake leads to baths, tap-dancing, photo shoots, and even the spontaneous construction of tree-houses. Though Numeroff's wording used to describe ...more
Liane Marie
Oct 08, 2014 Liane Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Category: Hardcover

Age: 1-6+ years

Synopsis: This book is by the author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “If You Give a Moose a Muffin.” In this particular book, our non-kosher heroine’s craving for pancakes leads to silliness and industriousness, including tap-dancing, picture-taking (with a Polaroid camera!), and the building of a tree house.

Bilingual benefit: For an American child living abroad, this book serves up Americana with its heaping plate of pancakes. The book also echoes values
Kendrick Goodman
Apr 15, 2014 Kendrick Goodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: predictable
Having already read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, I was highly looking forward to reading If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Thankfully, this book did not disappoint, Laura Joffe Numeroff did it again with this book as she keeps the reader engaged throughout the whole book. If read enough, the children will begin to recite this book, as young as 4 years old. Because there are so many books in the series, when the child requests to read more, you can choose another book written by Numeroff such as this ...more
Tammy Emmert
Mar 30, 2014 Tammy Emmert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors
I love this book!!!!!!! I have used this book and the other books by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond in my classroom all year long. The children love them also. By the end of the school year the children were reading and reciting the book with me. Once you read it you will love it as well.

Laura Joffe Numeroff

Her favorite possessions were her microscope, a box of 64 crayons and a library card.

She loved being a Girl Scout. She was a Brownie all the way through Cadets. Laura enjoyed it so much,
"If You Give a Pig a Pancake" by Laura Numeroff is a wonderful story about a little girl who meets a pig while eating pancakes. The story starts with a young girl giving a pig a pancake, the pig then wants syrup to go with her tasty cakes. But after the pig eats her pancakes with syrup, she realizes she's sticky! So the girl has to give her a bath, and the story continues to snow ball from there. Filled with many activities and adventures of catering to a pig, this predictable story is great to ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it. One of my favorite childhood books.
Adrianna Wesley
Genre: Children's Picture Book/ Fantasy (talking pig)
Age: 5+ years old
This book is about a girl who tries to give the pig everything it wants, but the requests start to get way off base. The pig eats pancakes, but then needs syrup, but gets all sticky and needs a bath and the pig goes on and on only to end up wanting pancakes again. The story takes the reader through a circle of story, ending where the story began.
This is such a cute book. The pig is adorable and gets distracte
Katelyn Youngblood
Let me just say that I think all of Laura Joffe Numeroff's books are the greatest children's books of all time. I absolutely love them! They bring me back to the days when my mom and dad would read all of her books to me. My favorite was this one, "If You Give a Pig a Pancake". In this book, you are brought into the life of a pig who loves to have fun. In many ways I feel that this book, along with many similar ones that Numeroff has written (ex. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), you are able to vi ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Cole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If You Give A Pig A Pancake” really brought back memories for me, I read it quite often when I was little. It was a quick read, and only took me about seven minutes to read. Any little kid would love the little girl and pig who get into all kinds of trouble. The end of the book is the best part, i like how the pig asks for syrup and the book starts all over again.
I recommend this book to any parents looking for a book for their kids who are just starting to read.
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Laura Joffe Numeroff is an American author of children's books. Numeroff originally wanted to be a writer, but decided to follow her older sister's footsteps and become a fashion designer instead. Laura attended Pratt Institute of Design but then decided to become a writer again and wrote her first book with only 4 rejections. - Wikipedia.
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