Pancakes for Breakfast

Pancakes for Breakfast

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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152594558
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/03/1978
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 277,486
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

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 lives in New London, New Hampshire. Visit his website at


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Pancakes for Breakfast 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was by far my favorite book when I was a child. It wasn't until I was a bit older that I realized there were no words and that each time my parents read it to me the story was maybe a little bit different. Now that I am a bit older I now buy this book for friends and family who are having children.
MamaBanana More than 1 year ago
in this day and age, it's great to see a story about making pancakes that involves going to the barn for milk and eggs, a neighbor for maple syrup, and all the fun and mischief that happens along the way ... so much fun to read and re-read. a favorite of my daughter from the age of 2 (and still now at 4). love it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time we go to the library, my 2 year old manages to pick this one out from the millions of books there, and we always bring it home, she loves it, and she only gets to bring 2 books home every time. I'm going to finally buy it for her for a surprise. She'll sit on her bed and 'read' this picture book over and over and she'll haul it around the house. We love it!
krf76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this picture book. It told the story very well through the pictures, that's why I gave it 5 stars. I really like picture books because they can encourage the young child that does not yet read to "read" a book. This is really great for encouraging new readers to tell a story. You could use it to have the children write their own story by following the pictures to encourage creativity.
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can this poor lady get a break? "If at first you don't succeed try, try again." She did finally get her pancakes.
jsmith6243 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book lends its illustrations to tell a story that the students could write themselves. It is great for retelling a story to identify sequencing and creative writing by having the students create thier own story to go along with the illustrations.
JNino on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is great when you are trying to teach your students to work on descriptive writing, or using their own imagination. Tomie dePaola made this book without words so that you can make your own dialogue while following a lady who has a craving for pancakes, who meets a couple of snags along the way.
stgayde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though this book contains no words other than the occasional label on a bag of flour or sugar within the illustration, you would swear that a narrative text was leading you the entire way though. The illustrations are so strong in this story of a woman who has quite the craving for pancakes one snowy morning, that as the "reader" you will undoubtedly be able to tell a wonderfully descriptive tale.
mayalanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wordless book is cute, easy to follow, and very funny. It tells a good story, it has a "lesson", and it's fun for both parents and children.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost exactly like Pancakes, pancakes! by Eric Carle just wordless. Woman must gather all the ingredients for pancakes but her naughty pets ruin her pancake dreams in the end she steals her neighbors pancakes. Love the flying pancake!
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic. The story of a sweet little old lady and the hurdles she must jump, with the help of her pets to make a stack of delicious pancakes. Great for children to analyze and interpret, guess the clues. Also a great, simple pancake cooking lesson would be a great follow up.
KristinSpecht on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book can be used for ELL students. It can teach students about different complex process in order to get simple items such as pancakes. Students can learn recipes as well as terms for different food. You could bring the students' pancakes and then read them the story about how much effort is put in to actually make pancakes and all of their ingredients from scratch. You could also pass out small cards with the ingredients and object from which the ingredients came and have the students place them in chronological order.
shomskie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pancakes For Breakfast was a funny wordless book. Each illustration taught me what was needed to make pancakes. Every time she thought she was ready to begin making her breakfast she needed to go obtain the ingredients. Finally, after all her hard work the cats knocked everything off the table! I laughed out loud because I could relate. Something similar happened to me once before. It was nice to see that she had somewhere to go for breakfast!
arielaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's hard to make pancakes without everything you need and with constant interruption. Tomie dePaola has such a distinct artistic style. I appreciate how accessible this story is for emerging readers.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book, "Pancakes for Breakfast" was very interesting. I would use this books in grades kindergarten, first, and second. The book has no words, so this book would be great for teaching begining sentence ideas. The book is about and old lady who wanted pancakes. She got out of bed, got dressed, and got her kitchen ready to make pancakes. The lady realized she had no eggs, so she had to get all bundled up and go to the barn to get eggs. When she got back in her kitchen she realized she had no milk. So the lady had to get all bundled up again and go milk the cow. When she made it back to her kitchen she used the milk to make the batter and she used the milk to make butter. The when she sat down ready to eat her pancakes she realized he had no syrup, so she got all bundled up and went to town to get some syrup. On her way home she dreamed of how wonderful her pancakes would be, but when she got there her dream was crushed. Her dog had eaten all of her pancakes. The lady was so sad, but then she smelt pancakes and she followed the smell. The smell touch her to her neighbors house where she ate a big pile of warm pancakes. At the end of the story the lady is holding a sign that says if at first you don't succeed try, try again. I really enjoyed this book. I think that it has a wonderful moral and it also gives children the chance to use their imaginations and fill in the words.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun wordless picture book that portrays the steps to making pancakes from scratch. The main character gets up out of her warm home and gets eggs and milk. She churns butter. She gets the syrup. When she gets back home, she realizes that the dog and cat ate the batter.I loved the twist at the end. I think that kids will enjoy it and learning where milk, eggs, and butter come from. The pictures were a lot of fun.For the classroom, I would have students discuss why breakfast is so important and what their breakfast routines are. I would have them illustrate how they or their parent(s) makes their breakfast.
megjwal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaolaThis wordless book is about a little old lady who decides to make breakfast. It is quite a feat for her to do. She has all sorts of trouble and then in the end conquers the pancakes.I think this story is very humorous, but also shows a great amount of determination. This story would be great for young elementary students to describe what is happening in the pictures. It is also something most children can relate to. I would use this story to help improve student¿s oral vocabulary.
nicholspdx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun story that can be shared with readers of every level. I love the possibilities for the lessons in this book. From talking about where one's food comes from, reading a recipe, predicting what comes next, and even trying out the recipe. (I'm personally curious as I've never mixed melted butter into my pancake batter before!) A fun read.
cacv78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DePaola, Tomie. (1978). Pancakes for Breakfast. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.An old lady wants to make pancakes for breakfast but she doesn't have enough of the ingredients. She goes out of her house each time to get the right ingredient. After going in and out of her house all day, she comes home from get the syrup to realize that the cat and dog have eaten the batter. This is a great book for a beginning reader because they can help make up the story as they "read" it with an adult.Compared to the other book in this genre, My New Baby, it can be used with any level of reader. This book is used to entertain kids while the other book is used mainly to explain something to a child.
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