Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DepaolaPancakes for Breakfast by Tomie Depaola

Pancakes for Breakfast

byTomie Depaola

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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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 title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Stories).
Tomie dePaola is the author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. He receive a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona and a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmont Avenue. He is also the recipient of the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature. He...
Title:Pancakes for BreakfastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 6 × 9 × 0.13 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0156707683

ISBN - 13:9780156707688

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pass the pancakes please This wordless picture books invites the "reader" to engage with his imagination and create a unique storyline. Wordless books are perfect for non-readers or reluctant readers because the readers can free themselves from the stress of decoding the printed words, relax and calmly talk about the pictures that are presented before them. This little old woman starts out her day snuggled under her toasty warm covers accompanied by her rather chubby cat and her brown hound dog. She envisions in her mind a huge stack of yummy pancakes and decides to make them a reality. The book documents the trials and challenges this poor lady has to endure to make those pancakes appear. The book frames each step of her labour of love. She first needs eggs. Well she has to leave her house on the farm, in the snow, and go gather the eggs from the chickens. She then needs milk. Where can she obtain milk? Not her fridge. She must go and milk her cow, who luckily is not in her house but outside it and yes, she must leave to go fetch it. Butter is next on the her list. She can't just go and pluck it off a grocery shelf but she has to churn it. Oh my! Finally she obtains syrup to top it all off. With brute determination, and a clear vision of that stack of pancakes before her, she tromps through the snow each time to make her dream come true. The delightful twist of humour at the end of the book will have everyone smiling. The illustrations are cartoon-like, very witty and humorous, drawing the reader in enabling him to describe what is happening on each page. This charming, adorable, simple book is a perfect one to share on Pancake Tuesday or any day that needs to be kick-started with a huge dose of pancakes to enjoy.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A long time family favourite - you'll love it too! One of the sweetest books for a young child to enjoy, alone or with a 'reader' alongside. No words, just the most charming drawings of a little old lady, cat and dog and a story you articulate yourself, about her old-fashioned adventure making pancakes for breakfast. We all enjoyed every reading! Not sure if the buttons about recommending to a friend are working or not - I definitely would recommend to friends, and it's one of my favourite baby gifts!
Date published: 2014-11-16

From Our Editors

A wordless picture book about the trials of a little old lady who attempts tomake pancakes for her breakfast. Three-color illustrations

Editorial Reviews

A superb novel." - Publishers Weekly "