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Pancakes for Breakfast

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  885 ratings  ·  106 reviews
This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. “The optimistic determination of the woman and the gentle humor of the illustrations make this an appealing book for the very young.”--School Library Journal

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Stories).
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 3rd 1978 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1978)
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Kathryn
This is a very fun story. A woman gets up and longs to have pancakes for breakfast. She reads the recipe (the only words in this otherwise wordless picture book, but that makes it nice if anyone wants to make the recipe themselves except, obviously, those of us who are vegan) and goes to the cupboard only to realize she doesn't have eggs (so she goes out to the barn to get some from the chickens), milk (so she goes out to milk the cow), etc. It's a cute way to show where our food comes from but...more
Crystal Marcos
Jan 14, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wordless book lovers, pancake fans
This book holds a bit of nostalgia for me. I remember reading it when I was a child. Many of my favorite books featured food. You can tell by the name this one definitely has something to do with food. I was so excited to read this wordless picture book to my little girl. I am happy to report it is a hit with her too.

The story is charmingly simple and the illustrations are adorably humorous. I think Tomie dePaola really knows what children like to see.

Pancakes for Breakfast follows a woman who w...more
Keli
Synopsis

This is a wordless picture book about a woman who attemps to make herself pancakes for breakfast.

Review

This is an incredibly charming book. Readers are walked through the process of making pancakes including collecting eggs, milking a cow and churning butter. The deceptively simple pictures reveals the thoughts and emotions of the woman beautifully. A second reading reveals the impending mischieviousness of the dog and cat are revealed. Unlike a book with words, this book allows both par...more
midnightfaerie
Tomie dePaola is quickly becoming a household favorite. He's a little lengthy for my preschoolers, however, my 5 yr old loves him. dePaola is educational and enjoyable to read. The illustrations have a unique style all their own that even I enjoy while reading. This one was about a woman trying to make pancakes and everything about the process going wrong. I loved how it had no words and so you had to follow the pictures. A fun read.
Amy Groesbeck
This wordless picture book is prefect for young students. Though there is no text at all, the illustrations depict the story flawlessly. The reader follows the steps an old woman takes to make pancakes. However, when she visits the neighbor’s house to borrow syrup, she returns home to find her pets have eaten her freshly made breakfast. However, her appetite is sated when the neighbors offer their pancakes. The story also contains many underlining messages. It demonstrates relationships and how...more
Cheryl
Impulse grab while visiting the charming library in McDermitt, NV. Like other reviewers, I admire the mc's determination. I'm also troubled by the ending - I hope she somehow shows thanks. But what about the true moral? *I* say that it is *not* 'try try again' but "Plan Ahead." And of course keep the animals out of the kitchen! Oy, to condescend that a woman who could be resourceful enough to make and collect all those ingredients wouldn't have the sense to close the door on the pets? Or to have...more
Lisa Vegan
Oh, I love the dog and the cat. And the virtually wordless story was going along in a way where I thought this would be a solid 2 ½ or 3 star book (despite my finding of the cow’s milk & chicken eggs & cow’s milk butter unappealing, not to mention rather unrealistically procured) and figuring I’d have loved the book when I was a child, but THEN there’s a wonderful and very amusing twist and an equally wonderful ending, and I ended up really liking this book. Very funny! 3 ½ stars (very s...more
Adrienne
Tomie dePaola's illustrations are always fun to look at. His drawings are simple, yet they have lots of detail and can easily tell a story all by themselves. In Pancakes for Breakfast, they do just that.
Children will have little trouble following the story of the lady who decides to make pancakes for her breakfast. Some of the steps the lady has to go through to get all the ingredients may be foreign to kids who haven't had any experience with a farm, but the story is still easy to understand a...more
Rhayne
People learn through trial and error, in that past experiences dictate future outcomes. We build ideologies, goals and dreams based off such experiences; accepting our past as a means to accomplish a future. Tomic Depaola depicts this process through his book Pancakes For Breakfast.

The story begins on a cold winter’s morning where an older woman, her dog and cat arise in hopes of crafting a breakfast of pancakes. Traditional illustrations exude life without replicating it as the reader follows...more
Cindy Sa
A cute aunt wanted to have a pancake in the morning, but she met many difficulties when she cook the pancakes. At the first time, she found out there was no egg in the egg bowl. Thus, she picked up some eggs from the chicken. In the next time, she found out there was no milk in the milk bottle, she went outside to have some. Suddenly, she found that there was no maple syrup, she went outside to buy some. However, when she went back home, her puppies made everything in destroy. She cannot have pa...more
Jenna Kennedy
Tomie dePaola creates a magnificent story for young children. The woman wakes up and happily decides to make homemade pancakes for breakfast. She begins to cook and realizes that she has no eggs, so she goes to the chicken coop. She then comes to find that there is no butter, so she goes to the churn. No milk? To the cow! All the meanwhile, her pet dog and cat are joyfully watching her create this wonderful meal. The woman leaves the house for one last item she needs, the syrup! On the way back...more
Hailey Phay
The reader follows the steps an old woman takes to make pancakes. However, when she visits the neighbor’s house to borrow syrup, she returns home to find her pets have eaten her freshly made breakfast. However, her appetite is sated when the neighbors offer their pancakes. The story also contains many underlining messages. It demonstrates relationships and how many different components create one final product. The story is really great for early readers with it not having words, but having the...more
Kendal Dastrup
For this assignment, the picture book I have chosen is actually a wordless picture book by Tomie dePaola titled Pancakes for Breakfast. It’s a heartwarming story of a little old lady who woke up one morning craving pancakes. She opens the recipe book and looks through her cupboards to ensure she has the necessary ingredients. She goes through all this hard work to find the ingredients to make her pancakes, but the last thing she needs is maple syrup. She goes next door to ask for some from her n...more
Amber
This book contained no words that told the story but the pictures told the story very well. Each page had words and or a word bubble that helped you decipher for yourself what was going on. I really enjoyed how cute the pictures were as well. The characters were cartoony but realistic at the same time. The pages were also full of pictures they cover the whole entire page with no boarders, which I think is essential for a no word picture book. Then when he starts to make the pancakes they separat...more
Lisa
Sep 30, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Just what the title says but no words just pictures. Allows the reader/readers to invent their version of the story. Target Pre-k to 1st
Sarah Baxter
Whats better than pancakes for breakfast? Reading a book about the crazy adventures a little old lady goes on just so she can have pancakes for breakfast. Tomie dePaola does an amazing job in creating realistic pictures of the crazy morning for this little old lady. Young children reading this book can have a great time because there is so much happening that normally wouldn't. As a child I read this book and I remember pointing out the crazy things happening in the book. This wordless picture b...more
Krystal
Author and Illustrator: Tomie DePaola

Genre: Wordless Picture book

Publication Info: Voyager Books Harcourt, Inc. : 1978

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8 ; emergent early

Topic/Theme: cooking/ relationships

Issues Addressed: Where milk, eggs, butter come from; relationship with neighbors

Classroom Uses: Independent reading

Summary: A lady wakes up and decides that she wants to make pancakes for breakfast. She gets out her recipe book to find the pancake recipe. She finds all the things that she needs for the...more
Jamie
This wordless picture book tells a great story about hard work and not giving up. An old lady really wants pancakes for breakfast. In order to make pancakes, she needs eggs, milk, butter and maple syrup. She has to find these ingredients and make the pancakes from scratch. When she gets one ingredient, she discovers she is missing yet another ingredient. Finally, she has everything she needs, and comes home to find that her cat and dog have thrown all of the ingredients on the floor. She smells...more
Camille Ryckman
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomy dePaola is a picture only book that is full of charm. I highly recommend this book for children from 0-8. For infants and toddlers the use of pictures and storytelling by an adult makes this a fun book and a book you can have fun with. Use 1st person, use 2nd person, use 3rd person for storytelling and you change the story each time. The continuity of the pictures creates a perfect storyboard for telling the story straight from the pictures to giving the story basi...more
Daniel Franklin
This is a very cute story. The main character is a woman who, the night before the story takes place, dreams of having pancakes for breakfast. The next morning she attempts to make them, but runs into some trouble, including running out of eggs, milk, and syrup. In the end, her dog and cat end up eating all of her batter and ingredients, so she eats pancakes with the neighbors instead.
This is very strongly a picture book, as the only words are the recipe for the pancakes (an actual recipe too...more
Tasia
Books without words are always excellent tools for creativity and dialogue both in and out of a classroom. The illustrations are so detailed and easy to follow that this is sure to be a hit with your little one. Teachers can use it to discuss the power of illustrations, too, and the importance of imagination. Maybe you could even make it an exercise to put in your own words! So many options with this one and I love it.
Matthew
A little old for a two-year-old but you can never go wrong with Tomie dePaola. I say that it is a little old because of my lack of creativity. There are no words in this book so I have to explain what is going on through the illustrations. I must not be that great of an impromptu storyteller because my son turns the page before I'm even finished with the previous one.
Angela
This wordless picture book is great for toddlers and storytelling. It's hard to go wrong with Tomie, animals and PANCAKES!

This has been a favorite of my son's since he was 12 months old. The spread where the cat and dog ruin the ingredients was easily recognized as an "Uh Oh" moment and thereafter forever endeared itself to him.

Tiph
We received this book, among many others in a big box of books, my grandmother (a retired school teacher) passed down to us. Having grown up with Tomie DePaola books, I kept this one for sentimental reasons... but considering the more simplistic illustrations, and lack of words, I never expected DD to take to it. But she did!! My daughter and hubby absolutely LOVE this book. It still comes out monthly for her nightly-bedtime story with daddy. DH is super creative and loves to ad-lib... so it's a...more
Ashleigh Frankel
This wordless picture book follows an old lady's attempts in making pancakes for breakfast. She wakes up one morning and has a sudden urge to make pancakes for breakfast. However, she doesn't know what pancake recipe to use. The humor conveyed through the pictures make this book enjoyable and urge to keep reading on. This book is a fun book for the younger readers due to the fact that it is solely pictures. When I was little, I loved looking at the pictures and I would've had a lot of fun in vie...more
Maria Wong
Author Study Assignment:

Tomie DePaolo is known for his picture book stories and elaborate illustrations. His talent for art is displayed in “Pancakes for Breakfast”. This book does not have any words in it and can create an avenue for readers to retell the story using their own words. This is especially important for emergent readers in PreK- 1st grade. Children and adults can take turns telling this story using the illustrations. “Pancakes for Breakfast” is about an older woman who wakes up one...more
Monica Ibrahim
Since we just started looking at The Arrival last week by Shaun Tan I came across this book that has no text and is sole illustrations. I thought you all might enjoy this one too my first graders in my student teaching placement loved it! Enjoy!
Dolly
Jan 09, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story about persistence and determination as well as how cooking involves various ingredients and a step by step process to create a delicious meal. While it's a "wordless" book, there are lots of subtle words incorporated into the illustrations (such as a complete recipe for pancakes, an egg bin that is labeled eggs, a flour container labeled flour, and framed picture that has a nice motto and theme for the story.) We enjoyed "reading" this book together, taking turns describing t...more
Wendy Daniel
Yummy, yummy, yummy! This book makes every reader hungry for breakfast. Young children (ages 9 months -3 years old) will enjoy dePaola's wordless book. Print motivation is the biggest reason to introduce this book to young children.
Sofia and Francine Dines
We have not tried pancakes yet, but this book got us excited to make them with Mommy and Daddy. We liked saying UH-OH when various accidents disrupted the main character's pancake eating.
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure....more
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