Child Book Review 5: If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? It's about a super cute pig who likes pancakes and the various activities that result from just having a pancake.

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT THIS BOOK? It's fun! The illustrations by Felicia Bond are cute and very attractive, to both kids and adults. The book is very creative in that some of the situations that result from the simple act of having a pancake are quite unexpected. Children will learn to be creative, to "think out of the box," and will be exposed to good, clean humor.

WHAT DO OUR KIDS LEARN? Our kids learn to have fun! That's what being a kid is all about. No profound moral lessons here - except maybe, to know how to be spontaneous, to do things at the spur of the moment, and to learn how to entertain one's self. It can teach the concept of "cause and effect" -- and shucks, this book does have a lesson? And I thought, when I didn't force myself to think about it, it was just pure, clean fun. Life is a cycle - and although we may go through activities one after the other, we will eventually end up where we once started...And I bet you that pig has Pinoy blood -- what with the love for pictures and all!

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[By Angelica Viloria | Friday, August 27, 2004]

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