- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (April 11 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060266864
- ISBN-13: 978-0060266868
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Hardcover – Apr 11 1998
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"If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favorite maple syrup. She'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath." You get the idea. Baths lead to bubbles, bubbles lead to rubber ducks, rubber ducks lead to wanting a trip to the farm. If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a delightful exploration of the scenario "if you give an inch, they'll take a mile." But who could refuse the whims of this adorable piglet? Not us, and certainly not the pig's young caretaker. Parents will feel a familiar twinge as they witness the pig's increasingly elaborate demands, and kids will be delighted that the story circles back around to the original pancake. Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond--well-loved creators of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin--succeed again in concocting a marvelously skewed study of cause and effect that inevitably results in a riotous read-aloud. Your kids will ask for this book again and again, and you won't want to refuse. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2AThis delightful story continues the playfulness found in its predecessors, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1991, both HarperCollins). Here, a little girl is the patient hostess to a demanding piglet, whose myriad requests lead them from the kitchen table to the bathtub to the backyard. Along the way, the endearing porker puts on a pair of tap shoes, gets her picture taken balancing on top of the living room furniture, prepares a stack of mail to send to her friends, and builds and decorates a tree house. Preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy spotting the objects mentioned in the story. Beginning with the cover illustration of the piglet daintily perched on a windowsill, Bond has once again created an adorable character that expresses the text perfectly. The humor and quick pace of Numeroff's engaging narrative make this book an excellent choice for reading aloud. A surefire crowd-pleaser.ADiane Janoff, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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The role reversal begins with a young girl eating a pancake in her kitchen. A friendly piglet looks through the window and nicely inquires about the possibility of acquiring a pancake as well. As you can see, this is a pretty unusual beginning for a story. Few of us associate girls and pigs. Now, pigs will eat anything, so it's unusual to think of them as being discriminating. Also, have you ever seen a piglet hanging on a window sill? How did she get there? All of these changes quickly set up the story to create new perceptions.
Adults will appreciate the humorous, indirect reference to that classic dish in pancake houses everwhere of "pigs in a blanket" (pancakes wrapped around long sausages).
The delicious incongruities are piled on, one after another. When the piglet gets sticky from eating syrup with the pancake, the piglet decides she wants to take a bath. Piglets and baths create a hilarious image, because pigs usually like to wallow in the mud.
This piglet has many cultivated tastes. She gets interested in tap dancing, and needs a costume. She also gets homesick, and wants to write to her friends. She takes Polaroid pictures to send to them. On the way out to mail the letters and photographs, she spots a tree and wants to build a tree house. Naturally, this requires some serious decorating, with wallpaper and paste. Yup, pretty soon she's sticky. That reminds her of syrup. Now wouldn't a pancake go nicely with that?
As you can see, the role reversal continues by making the child in the story into the caretaker (parent, older sibling, or baby sitter). While the piglet is full of energy, the girl becomes quite tired. Also, notice that the piglet does nothing for the girl. This gives the perspective of what it is like to be with someone who is demanding, and not considerate in return. There are no pleases, thank yous, or gifts.
A hint of the regular world peeks in through the mess that the piglet is making with the girl's help. Someone is not going to be pleased to see all of this. Your child will instinctively pick up on that problem.
As a result, your child can learn from this book lessons like
-- how demanding it can be to be a care provider
-- how ceaseless a child's demands can be
-- how spontaneity can create the opportunity for many interesting activities that would not otherwise occur
-- the benefits of having everyone help keep things neat and tidy as you go (clean up one thing before starting another)
-- how all things are ultimately connected in many ways (this stimulates creativity and problem solving)
-- how things can be different than they are now . . . if only we focus our attention and efforts on them.
Beyond the lessons, this is a delightful book for a beginning reader. The humor draws their attention, so that the book will soon become a favorite. Most children will enjoy it from around the age of 2. From repetition, they will memorize the story. You can then show them the words that match the sounds. Pretty soon, decoding of words for themselves begins. You can stop and let them fill in the blank, as well. The story has a lot of repetition in certain words, which makes the memorization easier. Eventually, they will "read" the story to you as memorized. You can follow the words with you finger and help them connect to the sounds that way, as well. Then, they will actually begin to read it aloud to you. Because the story is very funny, and has all of these lessons, you can expect that that the book will be also read occasionally after age 8. This is a great book to lighten the day of a child struggling with what seems like a mountain of homework.
Felicia Bond deserves special credit here. Working with a piglet to make the story credible is quite a challenge and she carried it off admirably. There is a Winnie the Pooh feeling to the illustrations that will help ease your child into exploring those wonderful stories as well.
I also highly recommend other books in this series, especially If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. If You Give a Moose a Muffin is my favorite of the three.
A fun thing to do with this book is to act out the roles. You can be the piglet, and let your child be the little girl. You can have all of the materials ready to go before you start, or you can have everything be make-believe.
Don't just chase your tail, make progress . . . even when you're going in circles!
In this book we meet the cutest little pig, and the girl that owns the pig. She starts with giving the pig a pancake (a great way of playing with words with the kids), and when he gets the pancake he wants syrup, you find the syrup and he wants...... you are on the run untill you are back again on the last pages where pig's sticky hands reminds him of your favorite syrup, and of course no syrup without a pancake. Any child loves this way of playing with words, and playing with - what will happen next :-)
We live in Norway, and my youngest one understands only a little English yet, so I translate for her while reading. My dream is to have these books translated into Norwegian - what a treasure to give the small kids of Norway.
By the way, the book is also fun reading for older kids, and for grown ups. Why should the small kids have all the good picture books :-)
Britt Arnhild Lindland
"If You Give A Pig A Pancake" helps the child see what we as adults go through running after her giving in to her little whims and idiosyncrasies! Let's hope as she gets older she will understand what this book is trying to say:
1) Appreciate and be thankful for your parent(s).
2) Don't take life too seriously.
3) Live life to the fullest and have fun!
4) Be your own person.
5) You never have to grow up.
6) Don't worry about trivial matters; just say "oh, go have a pancake!"
7) Help others; what you give has a way of coming back to you-- DOUBLE.
This is a great book for all ages; it is the female version of "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie." I highly recommend both books; great illustrations and short easy-to-read stories.
Your child will be reading in no time if you read fun books like this to her, and simultaneously you'll be laughing as well!
GO BUY THIS BOOK!
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