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Pancakes for Breakfast Paperback – April 3, 1978

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With visions of pancakes dancing in her head, a little old lady goes to great lengths to procure the necessary ingredients. Ages 2-6.
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With visions of pancakes dancing in her head, a little old lady goes to great lengths to procure the necessary ingredients. Ages 2-6. (Publishers Weekly )

This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. The optimistic determination of the woman and the gentle humor of the illustrations make this an appealing book for the very young. (School Library Journal ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 3, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156707683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156707688
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
How do you read a book with no words? The same way you did before you learned how to read - you look at the pictures...

What do you see?

The sun comes up over the hills on a still winter's morning. It seems we're in New England. The book's protagonist, something of a Yankee babushka, is nestling under her very warm covers. Her pets, a fat feline and a common looking brown hound, are just beginning to stir...

The morning ripens with potential as the thought of a tall stack of fluffy pancakes enters the mind of our lady of the house. So begins a quest, and several unexpected obstacles will have to be surmounted before desire ultimately is fulfilled.

My eldest daughter, now in college, remembers this book as one of her favorites. I asked her what stands out after all these years. It's the golden blob of butter, centered on the top of each tall stack.

For this, a recommendation of four stars certainly seems in order.
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By A Customer on September 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
I "read" this wordless picture book to a class of 2nd graders and they loved predicting what would happen next in the story. Tomie dePaola has frame by frame pictures of the pancake making process. Some students didn't get what she was doing at first, but as the storyline progressed, they understood. The kids were so excited to get to the end of the story, they were surprised that they hadn't guessed the ending.
This is also a great story to give children/students who have speech problems or problems staying focused on a storyline. It gets them thinking and "Pancakes for Breakfast" is made into 'their own little story'.
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You wake up. BOY, are you ever hungry! You know what hits the spot on a cold, cold day in winter?

Pancakes. Pancakes for breakfast. Mmm.

But... you know, to make pancakes you need eggs. Better leave your warm house to gather them from the chickens! And you get back - hey, you need milk too! Better leave your warm house to milk the cow! And you get back, and you know, butter is necessary. So what if it takes 20 minutes to churn? You already started on this path, can't go back now! You're all ready to make those... nah, better leave your warm house AGAIN and get the syrup.

Can't you just see those pancakes on the stove? And our intrepid heroine, the little old lady, tromps back home through the snow, only to find... the cat and dog ate all the batter. Wha...?

There is a ridiculously amusing twist ending that I promise you have not anticipated :)

This is a NEARLY wordless picture books. You might need a grown-up who can read to tell you the motto at the end, which is just the cherry on this zany stack of pancakes ;)

Some people object to wordless picture books on principle, because they are unfamiliar with them. This is what I have to say to that:

Wordless picture books are PERFECT for pre-readers. It gives them the ability to read a book - REALLY own the experience instead of just "playing" as they must do when they can't understand the words - on their own. It gives them practice in putting together stories and working out details from context. And it allows them to be the expert at some activity that is usually restricted to adults and older children in their life - reading a book.

By that same token, they are also ideal for early readers.
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By A Customer on September 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. My grandaughter received it when she was under a year old, and we looked at the pictures and talked about them. Slowly, she began to put together the story line, and recognize what came next, and why, and now at age two she can almost tell the story herself. Wish there were more "books without text" that both adult and child could enjoy together. The author's illustrations do a wonderful job of creating a story that truly grows with the child.
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Wordless books are neat. You can make up the story, change it, talk about the pictures, and so on.
This book is no different.
The end has a little twist of humor that most kids age two and up can get and many younger kids will see the humor in the situation as well. The pictures are adorable and simple and tell a story.
Excellent.
Enjoy.
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My daughter and I started taking this book out of the library when she was two, and checked it out so many times that we decided to buy it. The story can be told slightly different each time you read it since there are no words. As the main character attempts to make breakfast her dog and cat decide to help themselves to breakfast as well. My daughter loves pancakes, and this book might have something to do with it!
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This book has no words in it, but it is useful in teaching students to pay attention to the illustrations in a book as part of their reading. In second grade, using information from illustrations or pictures as well as the text is part of our standards (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.). Since this book has no words, it forces the reader to "read" the pictures to understand the story. The other text I use for this is "Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad" by Henry Cole.
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