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If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff
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Sep 02, 08

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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 suitcase. While he's looking for the suitcase, he finds tap shoes and starts dancing. He wants his picture taken while he's dancing. He wants to send the pictures to his friends, so he needs envelopes. This process continues until the pig gets his hands sticky with glue, which reminds him of syrup, which makes him want pancakes again. This book is probably for younger to middle elementary children depending on what activities are done with the book.

1)I would discuss cause and effect, and have the children do a scientific experiment where one action would cause another action to occur.
2) The children could draw a circular story map and write the events of the story in sequential order.

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