One thing that author Laura Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond have managed to do is to engage and delight children for a number of years with their “If You Give A…” books. These stories are all about how one thing can lead to another, showing children, in a silly way, that everything in the world is connected. But these children’s books are more than just stories to read to teach children about the world – they’re tales to read that are fun for both parents and children! And that’s something that you don’t see every day.
In If You Give a Pig a Pancake, the time has come to tell the tale of the pig! Ever wonder what a pig would do with a pancake? What would you want with a pancake? Of course she wants some syrup to put on her pancake. But then, what happens when you put syrup on a pancake? You get all sticky! So does the title character, and then she wants to get cleaned up. A bath leads to wanting to have bubbles, and bubbles lead to ducks, and of course ducks lead to her missing her home on the farm. The next thing you know you’ll be building a tree house in the backyard for your pig and letting her decorate it!
As with any great comedian, Numeroff starts If You Give a Pig a Pancake with one thing and even though the trail is long and windy, brings it back to the very same place, which definitely takes talent.
There are many messages that this tale can give to children, including to appreciate what you have, that everything interconnects and one thing leads to another, and, of course, that you should always have a bit of silliness in your life. With If You Give a Pig a Pancake, children and parents can giggle together and the fun tale of this pink porker and all of the things that she makes you do while you’re reading the story. For fun bedtime reading, or really for any time reading, Numeroff and Bond deliver.