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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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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.

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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
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
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.
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
Liane Marie

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
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
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
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
“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.
Marybeth Batie
This book is a comical picture book for young readers. The story is about the consequences of giving a pig a pancake, such as it will want maple syrup. The book is an easy read with the same sort of line throughout the book - "if you give a pig a...". The theme of this book is that every thing you do has some sort of consequence, whether it be positive or negative. In the classroom, there could be an activity where the students have options of something they would normally do, such as "if I do m ...more
Zach Costello
This book is about giving a pig a pancake and what will follow after. The pig will want many things that will eventually lead to others. Can the girl who gave the pig the pancake keep up with what the pig wants. I recommend this book to everyone from kids to parents. It is a good book about how to make a pig happy.
Alexis Jennings (ASU)
In the story of a little's girl encounter with a pig, she discovers the challenge of satisfying her house guest. After a single pancake offering, the little girl finds herself giving the pig maple syrup, a bath, a photo shoot, and a tree house. This house guest seems to always want one more thing. The humor of this writing will get any reader laughing out loud.

I really enjoyed the humor of this writing, and the way it was written which made you want to turn the page quickly to see what was next.
Abigail Surmay
You may recognize this type of writing from the book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
Laura Joffe Numeroff does such a great way of showing off a circle plot, in a not so boring way. Being a circle plot tells the reader that the book is going to end as it began. However, while reading this you can't help but wonder how it is going to wrap back around to the beginning. This book covers a crazy amount of topics!

The pictures are simple yet very creative and even though simple, we feel the child's time
Karah Webb
I love the "If You Give..." series! Yet, I have never read this one about about the pancake. It was just as i expected it to be, witty, and very cute. I love how these series build upon itself, where it starts with if you give a pig a pancake, she'll then ask for some maple syrup. The little pig ends up wanting to do everything around the house, and the little girl lets the pig do what she wants. These books are so fun for young children because seeing a pig do all of these silly things make chi ...more
Paula Heller
This is a fun book that will make your child smile and laugh each time they turn the page. If you enjoyed the book, 'If You Give a Mouse a cookie', you will really enjoy this story! It's a nonsense children's book that will keep your child very engaged. The characters in the story are cute and funny.

Learning Experience Ideas:

-Show them how glue and syrup are similar to each other.

-Have the children retell the story again by drawing pictures or using puzzle pieces. (Ask the children, "What makes
Mckenzie P
I love this book !!!!
If you give a pancake, they just might want some syrup to go with it. And this continues on and on with what could possibly happen when a person decides to give a pig a pancake. This book was a joy to read and the very detailed images followed along with every step of the pig's journey.

I happened to really connect with these images and found that the softer tonal colors appealed to me more than other books I've heard. I also enjoyed the light hearted style even though there wasn't an overarchin
I did like it.
Alexis Kydon
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 ru ...more
Another Laura Numeroff tale of hilarious cascading consequences.

In the same vein as "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," this is another tale of a cutesy animal running a frazzled child ragged with his constant and building demands. A story that begs to be read over and over, this whimsical piece is filled with delightful and ridiculously over the top scenarios. The main character is an easy to identify with small child and the book helps a child to empathize with a parent whose time is in constant d
This book is a part of a series of books that have a circular plot. They start with a simple action, like giving a pig a pancake. That act leads to another one, which leads to another, and to another, and so on. Eventually, the first act is repeated, and you are back where you started. In this book, the pig eats a pancake, so it needs syrup. The syrup makes him sticky, so he takes a bath. He wants toys in the tub, and the duck reminds him of home. He wants to go home, so he looks for the girl's ...more
I really enjoy reading this book, "If You Give a Pig a Pancake." It was so colorful illustration. I know that pig really felt good doing this or that just amazing excitement. When a young girl gives a pig a plate of pancake then the next thing the syrup, bath time, bubbles, duckie toy, and a visit to a farm. Tapping shoes are found, and then costumes with the music are placed to bring joy in the heart and personality. The music plays so enough the camera has been taken out for the pig to pose an ...more
If you give a pig a pancake is an adorable little story. The alliteration of the titles that Laura uses always adds a nice touch. The illustrations are very active and colorful and keep the children captivated. The story line makes it easy for children to make predictions on what the pig will want or need next. Also the things that the pig needs in each situation lends itself to one-to-one correspondence. Over-all this book is a wonderful story for children! The only reason that this book gets a ...more
Mary Borgese
"If You Give a Pig a Pancake" by Laura Joffe Numeroff is an amazing book that kids of all ages will love! The little pig in the book causes chaos that pulls the young girl every which way pig goes, cleaning up and catering to her demanding needs. The storyline is humorously entertaining which keeps the audience and reader engaged throughout the entire book.
The adorable and creative illustrations are drawn by Felicia Bond, who also is the artist that worked on Numeroff's other books, "If You Give
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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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