Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 11: If You Give a Pig a Pancake

The "If You Give" books are definitely a popular series among my son's age group.  Most parents I know have heard of (and love) the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but my son is particularly enamored by one of its adorable sequels, If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  Maybe it's because he loves pancakes with syrup, or perhaps it is the really cool tree house the pig builds in the end, but whatever it is, this book is a regular in our rotation.  Felicia Bond's illustrations are really what make the story for me, and I particularly love how she depicts the little girl as she tries to keep up with (and clean up after) that spunky little pig as she bustles from one activity to the next.  By the time the story ends and comes full circle, the little girl is asleep with her head down on the kitchen table and the pig is still going strong.  What parent can't relate to that?   This silly story will bring a smile to your face, and your little one is sure to love it, too. 


Unknown said...

My three year old son loves this series, as well. We've been reading "If You Give A Moose A Muffin" a lot lately, but we haven't read this one. I'll look for it in the library!

I love your blog. Your summaries are give a great sense of what there is to love about each book! I look forward to filling up my notes page on my iPhone with your suggestions for our trips to the library.

A few of our favorites are "The Garufalo" and "The Garufalo's Child" by Julia Donaldson, "How I Became A Pirate" by Melinda Long, and "The Caboose Who Got Loose" and "Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent" by Bill Peet. It's hard to pick just a few...there are so many!!!

This is it. said...

This and Llama Llama are read a lot in our house!

Lauren said...

Rose, I'm so glad you are enjoying this blog! Thank you so much for sharing your suggestions. We love The Caboose Who Got Loose, too -- it's bound to make the list soon -- but I'm not familiar with the others. I'll be sure to look for them next time we go to the library. I know it's hard to pick a few, so feel free to share any others you think of. I've got a long way to go until we hit 365! Thanks again -- hope you and your little one enjoy these stories!

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