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If  You Give a Pig a Pancake
By:  Laura Joffe Numeroff

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If You Give a Pig
 a Pancake



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 by Laura J. Numeroff

About the author
Laura J. Numeroff was born in 1953, in Brooklyn, New York.  Her father was an artist for a major New York newspaper and her mother was a junior high home economics teacher.  Laura was the youngest of three girls and her favorite possessions were a microscope, a box of 64 crayons and a library card.  Laura loved to draw and write stories as a child.  She also loved to read and visited the library near her house once a week.  She took a class in writing and illustrating children's books while she was in college.  One of the assignments for the class was to write and illustrate a book for children.  Laura wrote a story about the tallest girl in third grade.  After four rejections, a  publisher bought her book.  The rest, as they say, is history!

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  This is a story about a pig who needs some syrup for her pancakes.  The syrup makes her sticky, so she wants to take a bath.  The pig ends up dancing, sending pictures to friends, building a tree house, and having lots more fun.  After you listen to or read the book, you can enjoy the activities listed for more "piggy" fun!

Story Vocabulary
pig        pancake       syrup        bubbles        duck        suitcase

tap        piano          camera      envelope       glue        mailbox      

Related Activities
*  Pancake Recipe-Write your own recipe for pancakes.  Don't forget to include the ingredients and the directions.  For an example of a recipe, click here.

*  Favorite Part-  Draw a picture and write about your favorite part of the story.

*  Circle Story- Get a paper plate and use only the outer edge to illustrate the sequence of the circle story If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  Begin by drawing a    
     pancake, then think what that made the pig want next.  Continue illustrating the items from the story.  Make sure you end up where you began (the pancake).

*  Jigsaw Puzzle-  Go to and work the pig jigsaw puzzle.

*  Friendly Letter- Write a friendly letter to the pig and suggest some other things she should ask for next time.

*  Favorite Pancakes-  Draw and color a picture of your favorite kind of pancake ( blueberry, strawberry, banana, chocolate chip or plain).  Cut out your pancake
    and tape it under the correct column on the class graph.

*  Your Opinion Please-  Did you like the story?  Open the Excel file Yes/No.  Type in your name and place a 1 in the appropriate column.  Click Save to save the
    changes you made to the file.  Then, write a story explaining your answer:  Why did you like the story?  Why didn't you like the story?

*  What a Pig Wants-  Go to and print the picture of the pig.  Draw or list on the pig as many items as you can remember
    that the pig asked for in the story.

*  Find the Pig-  Go to and play find the pig.  While you're there, you can print out the
    word scramble and see if you can find the words from the story.

*  Down on the Farm-  Go to and scroll down to the Cyber Farm Tour.  Take the tour then write three
    things you learned from the tour about the farm or pigs.

*  A Pig of Your Own-  Go to and choose a pig page to print and color.  Write a story about your pig.

*  Online Pig Tic Tac Toe-  Go to and play online tic tac toe with a partner.

*  This Little Piggy Video (Just for fun!)-  Go to and watch the video of "This Little Piggy."

Related Web Sites

Here are some other web sites  you might enjoy:
Laura Numberoff's own web site:

For a pig printout with labeled body parts and other information, visit:

For directions to make a really cute paper plate pig, visit:

Visit: for an article entitled, "The Joy of Pigs," including information about pigs, pictures and much more.


Other Favorite Books by Laura Numeroff
Cookies and milk If You Give a Mouse a Cookie              Mom Trophy Dad Trophy What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best

Christmas Mouse
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies             grandmother grandfather What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best

school   If You Take a Mouse to School        
          chicken chicken The Chicken Sisters       

moose   If You Give a Moose a Muffin

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