If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Big Book)

If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Big Book)

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This is the first book starring Pig in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

This oversize (15- x 17-inch) big book edition is the perfect size for sharing in a classroom.

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, and she'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath. She'll ask you for some bubbles. When you give her the bubbles...

Readers will delight in the story of an accomodating little girl who tries to keep up with the whims of a busy little pig.

Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will love this perfect addition to the series. A great gift for young readers who like to giggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064436632
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/05/2000
Series: If You Give... Series
Edition description: Big Book Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 283,881
Product dimensions: 15.00(w) x 17.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Laura Numeroff is the author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give... series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She lives in Los Angeles, CA where she loves to ride horses, read biographies, and play with her pets. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children’s literacy.

Felicia Bond is both writer and illustrator of Tumble Bumble, The Day It Rained Hearts, the Poinsettia books, and many others. She painted the art for numerous other award-winning books, including those in the much loved If You Give . . . series and the contemporary classic Big Red Barn. She lived for many years in New York and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



Brentwood, California

Date of Birth:

July 14, 1953

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York


B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4 yr old niece and her 3 yr old brother adore this book. The story is fast, fun and they love to jump in at the best parts, while laughing at the pictures. My nephew loves the picture of the pig climbing the treehouse cause 'he looks so silly!' It is never read just once at a sitting, wanting it 'again and again'. I look forward to getting more books in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fun read. Even though so much happens each page is only at most 2 sentances. This makes it easy to involve the child in 'following along'. My son loves the fact that I show the 'decline' of the little girl with changes in my voice becoming overrought about the never ending things to do to keep the pig happy. I can't wait to find the other If you.. books. Best Birthday present my son recieved. Thanks Grandma Nessie!
sldavis2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute book! I love how it demonstrates how something that seems so simple can turn into something so complicated! Kids and adults alike can't help but love that adorable little pig!!
CardCatalogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple, enjoyable book with a circular story pattern. Children will identify with the desires and activities in the story. Numeroff has written a number of similar stories, including "If you give a mouse a cookie". Cute, simple illustrations add to the overall enjoyment of the story.
stevekep32 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is another silly story about what if's that will help get kids' imaginations reeling. Great for gearing students up to write their own fiction.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a funny domino effect book. It starts with giving a pig a pancake and goes all the way to the pig wanting to build a tree house. Children will love this book because it is sweet and funny at the same time.The pig always wants more, she never has enough because something always leads to something else and reminds her of something.
amguess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about what happens when you give a pig a pancake. One thing keeps leading to another as soon as the pig gets the pancake he asks for syrup, and gets sticky and then asks for a bath, and then wants bubbles and a rubber duck. It keeps going on until the end when the pig gets all sticky again and is reminded of the syrup on the pancake and then wants another one.
Necampos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Level 2.5This is another cute book like "if you give a moose a muffin." The pig just wants and wants and get distracted by everything around him. It will keep kids laughing and wonderding what the pig will think of next. I like how the story always comes back to the beginning, or in each case, the title of wanting a pancake.
derekgries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adorible story about tending after a cute little pig. The story shows that the little pig always wants somthing more, "if you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it." The little piggie is quite demanding, but to cute to turn down.I heard there is an entire series of these books. All about different animals.
menaramore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another if you give a... story about a funny animal that keeps wanting new things when they get something else. In this story it starts with giving a pig a pancake. These stories are good for entertainment, and most kids think they are funny.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The pig eats pancakes, he wants syrup, gets sticky and needs a bath. The bath leads to toys, a search leads to tap shoes which leads to dancing. After dancing, he wants a picture, and to write friends, on the way to the post office, he finds a tree that needs a tree house. Decorating the tree house makes him sticky that reminds him of the syrup, making him want a pancake.This is a good picture book that runs the story into a loop. The loop show consequences to actions taken and how one thing leads to another. This is a good series for the purpose of showing how the things we do effect so many other things in our lives. Easy read for a quick story with a moral and the kids enjoy all the trouble the pig finds to get into.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute book with great illustrations. This book is about a pig who asks for a pancake and that leads him to asking for syrup, a bath, a treehouse, etc. This book doesn't have too many educational purposes but would be a fun book to read during free time. You could also discuss with students if the pig is being polite. This could create a short lesson on being polite when you are a visitor at someone else's house. I think all students around the kindergarten age would love this book.
KristinSpecht on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can use this for ELL students and have them guess what is going to happen next. Before reading you can make pancakes with them. Can be used to teach students how to use rhythm and make sentences short, simple and to the point. Teach them how to write by connecting facts, if this then this, if this then this, etc.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book is about what happens when a young girl gives a pig a pancake and all of the other things the pig will want after. The pig's demands increase as the story continues.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you give a pig a pancake she will get sticky, etc., etc., in the end she will want pancakes again.
KFBruck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We already read about the moose and the muffin and the mouse and the cookie so it was only a matter of time before I shared this adorable book with them. As a class we had already discussed the patterns of the other two books so the students were excited to see what kind of trouble the pig would get into.
etwinney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A circular tale of a pig. It is a cute, simple, and fun story with great illustrations that children will want to read again and again.
cassinolan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very cute book about a pig who starts out asking for a pancake and then is reminded of other things he can ask for. A "give them an inch and the take a mile" concept type book (although maybe not recognized by children). A cute book for all ages.
runner_roader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story that follows a pig who initially asks for syrup to go on the pancake you offer him. This reminds the pig of something which continues on until we return once again to a pancake. Good story displaying if this, then that happens. The illustrations cute and display the text in a funny way.
sedelia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If You Give a Pig a Pancake is cute in that it follows causes and effects and that's a good learning tool for children, but I think that they could learn about it in a more fun and entertaining way. Honestly, I found it to be boring and after only one reading, my four-year-old niece put it away and never got it out again. The words have no rhythm or musicality to them, and the illustrations are only okay. This isn't a children's book that will engross children in language or storytelling. They will enjoy guessing the next random thing the characters' actions lead to and it is fun that giving a pig a pancake could lead to such crazy things, but that's really the only entertainment value. This isn't one I'd recommend.
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in this series. It is great for interactive writing and I would defiantly use this book in my classroom as a read aloud. I like that this book is about a girl, where the book about the mouse is about a boy. I would try to read both in the same day or at least the same week.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This imaginative picture book follows all the unlikely adventures that could happen if you feed a pig a pancake ... with syrup, of course! The whimsical illustrations accompany the story perfectly. The pig herself was just adorable. This is the kind of book to easily delight young children, girls or boys, and was such a hit the last time I was babysitting that I had to read it aloud at least half a dozen times!
vivacelibre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
hilarious, my 3 yr old boy wanted it read over and over and over. Really shows them a story and the idea of "full circle" and consequences to actions, etc. at their level.
margoletta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best children's books ever. Very funny, creative, cute illustrations, and incredibly original. Two thumbs up!!
je_kelley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great to use for retelling. This Numeroff story is about a pig who eats a pancake, needs syrup, then needs ... until he finally gets back to the pancake again. Cute story, not a lot of text on each page.