If You Give A Pig A Pancake


The stream-of-consciousness activities of a little pig take a young girl through a series of adventures, starting and ending with a pancake. 

Young Reader (1+):
A frequent request at nap time. Likes to act out some of the antics—particularly dancing!

Parent Perspective:
It could get tiring. Compared to others, though, the story is cute enough and the pace smooth enough that it will be fairly easy to endure the demands of “again, mommy.”

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The pig’s antics match the attention span of a toddler: a simple word or action will generate a memory and send the child off in a whole new direction. The book offers a simple way of encouraging creativity and imaginative play.

Content Awareness Factors:

There really isn’t much story to tell, and it has the potential to create a messy, energized pig-imitator.

Type of Book:
This is a simple story with plenty of antics and humor to engage toddlers and preschoolers.
Educational Themes:

The learning value is not in the story itself, but in whether or not you decide to use the book as a way to illustrate for your kids what you DON’T want them to do (i.e., make and leave messes).

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with child 18 months old.
Purchase Recommendation:
This is probably a good one to borrow at the library first to see how high the demand for repeat readings is. If you’re looking for a nice gift for a young reader, keep this one in mind.

Title If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Author Laura Numeroff
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 1998
Illustrators Felicia Bond
ISBN 0060266864
Material Hard Cover
Genres Adventure, Humor
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