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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You Give...
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060266864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060266868
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Laura Numeroff grew up in Brooklyn, with her mother, father and two older sisters. Her house was filled with books, art, music and folk dancing.

She attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a degree in communications and a contract for her first children's book, AMY FOR SHORT, published in 1975 by Macmillan.

A New York Times best-selling children's book author, Laura is best known for the series based on her book IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. First printed in 1985, "Mouse" is in its 40th printing. The fourth book in the series, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES was on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for five months- nine weeks at number one.

Publisher's Weekly listed IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES as the number two book for children in 2000 (Harry Potter was number one) and at one point, Laura had three books on the New York Times Bestseller List in the same week.

In 2000, IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE was featured on the Oprah show three times, and was recommended by Oprah's first kids' book club, as well as being noted as Oprah's favorite children's book of the year on her Christmas show. "PIG" was also on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List for over a year. In addition, the series has sold over 4.5 million copies, been printed in fourteen languages, and won the prestigious Quill Award in the picture book category.

Some of Laura's other books currently in print are: WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST/WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, DOGS DON'T WEAR GLASSES, THE CHICKEN SISTERS, WHY A DISGUISE? The first two books in Laura's JELLYBEANS book series made the New York Times Best Seller List.

Hillary Clinton, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have all read Laura's books to kids. First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother, her daughters, Malia and Sasha read Laura's book at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn. Laura was one of ten children's authors invited to a literacy day in Washington during the Bush administration in 2001. She has also visited over 100 elementary schools and has been a speaker at teacher conferences around the country.

Laura donates book sales to FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization that provides brand new books to children who otherwise would not have access to them. She has also donated all royalties from THE HOPE TREE- KIDS TALK OUT ABOUT BREAST CANCER, to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Laura has appeared on The Today show twice as well as Good Morning America. On her December 13th, 2000 appearance on The Today Show, Laura donated 500 Mouse mini-books with doll ornaments to the show's toy drive.

When not writing, Laura takes tennis lessons (she says she's not very good but loves it anyway), reads to children in hospitals and foster homes and calls herself a book and movie fanatic.





Customer Reviews

Cute, Cute illustrations and stories.
Barbie Reid
I bought this book as a gift for my sister and her new son, but I loved it so much, I ended up buying a second copy.
Gregory of Yardale
And I've read a lot of books to kids of many ages.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly R. Myers on December 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for children of all ages, not just 4-8. I have 3 children, the youngest of which is 16 months old. All three love it. The pictures are adorable (especially the pig) and the story is typical of children's thoughts (flying from one thing to the next). My 8 yr old likes to read it to the baby and laughs with the story which makes the baby laugh. If you liked the "If you give a mouse a cookie..." book, you will love this one also.
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98 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Soaring Heart on June 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book makes me laugh-out-loud; it is so adorable and cute!
"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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 6-yr-old daughter begged me to get this book thru a school book club, which I did. It continues the series of books ("If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", and "If You Give a Moose a Muffin") which she absolutely loves. Years ago, we got "If You Give a Moose a Muffin". She loved it so much, I made it a point to get "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", and eventually "If You Give a Pig a Pancake". She reads these books over and over. Yes, the storyline is ridiculous. That's the entire charm of the books! It's so off-the-wall, that it makes my daughter giggle with laughter every time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Britt Arnhild Lindland on December 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We have several of the If you Give.... books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. And they are all such favorite reading.
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
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thea M. Ryan on February 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While nothing beats "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," the original, this one is a charmer, too. My daughter loves it and reads it over and over. I love to read it to her! Isn't it fun to get a book that is fun to read out loud, too?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "tanisha_allison" on June 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book!!!!!!! I have used this book and the other books by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond in my classroom all year long. The children love them also. By the end of the school year the children were reading and reciting the book with me. This is a great addition to any library (home or school) for young children or for children of any age. Once you read it you will love it as well.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is fun and playful, and my children want to read it every nigh
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Schneider on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book, and the accompanying pig doll, are adorable for preschool age children. My 5 year old son really enjoys reading the book with me - and sometimes he "reads" it to me.
It is a cute way to encourage children's memory and illustrate how things sometimes go in circles.
A wonderful treat for a birthday or holiday gift.
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