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Pancakes for Breakfast

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,032 ratings  ·  123 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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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

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


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
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
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 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 stars (very sad ...more
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
Caitlin Lawler
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola is the heartwarming wordless picture book about a little old lady who wakes up one morning with a craving for pancakes. She promptly opens the recipe book and searches through her cabinets to ensure she has the necessary ingredients. After all her hard work of finding the ingredients to make the pancakes, she find she has no maple syrup. She goes next door to ask for some from her neighbor and returns to a big mess in the kitchen from her dog and cat. Afte ...more
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
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
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
Tiffany Brown
This book showed pictures of a woman that wanted pancakes for her breakfast and the struggles that she went through while making them. This a great book to show students when learning about sequential order because the pictures a drawn to show the step by step process of what the women needed to do to make pancakes. I liked this book because the students get to see that when the woman did not have eggs, milk or butter how she got those ingredients right off the farm and even asking a neighbor. S ...more
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
Eva Kelly
So this woman wants breakfast and what she wants is PANCAKES! And that's a good idea, but guess what? Every time she needs something to put in them, she doesn't have it and she has to go out and get it. But then guess what else? The dogs and cats make a mess, so she just ends up doing what she should have done in the first place, which is just get someone to make them FOR her. If I was her, I'd just go to Wayside. That way she can get bacon with them too. But maybe she's too broke.
This is anothe
Bre Peoples
Pancakes For Breakfast by Tomie dePaula is a story about an old woman who wants to make pancakes for breakfast. When she cannot find the items necessary to do this in her fridge, she goes out to the barn to get milk from the cow, eggs from the chickens, etcetera.

The illustrations are the main part of this book, the only words being the recipe for pancakes. He does a good job on showing that food does not just appear in the fridge or the store. It demonstrates that the animals are the ones who p
Pancakes for Breakfast
Summary: This is a wordless book so the story is told by the illustrations. A woman wakes up and really wants pancakes. So she starts the preparations for this. She goes to the chickens for eggs, she gets milk from the cow, etc. Along the way in preparing this recipe she has many mishaps. You really begin to feel sorry for her because she has worked so hard to milk the cow, make the butter, and then she has to bundle up and walk in the snow to buy some maple syrup. On the w
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
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
Pancakes for Breakfast is a wordless story that follows a woman and the process she goes through to having pancakes for breakfast. The pictures give familiarity and understanding of each step that the character attempts in order to make pancakes. With each bump in the road, she finds a way to solve the problem. Because of the lack of words, this story is a great way to get students to interpret the pictures and make their own conclusions of what the main character is doing. pre-k-2nd
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.
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.
Ms Threlkeld
An almost wordless picture book about a woman who is determined to make pancakes and the various obstacles she encounters along the way. Good for making predictions and teaching sequencing. Most kids these days probably don't know that people actually milk cows and then turn that milk into butter, so that part of the story may prove fascinating.
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.

Elizabeth Taylor
Pancakes for Breakfast is actually a wordless book. The entire story is told through the illustrations! How cool? I found this to be so interesting because I had never "read" a book like this. I found online that it is an example of a book to be used for kindergarten common core, so I would use this in my classroom!
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
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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.
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