If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Chaos is the order of the day when an accommodating little girl tries to keep up with the whims of a busy little pig.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Economic Wants, Goods & Services, Opportunity Cost, Scarcity.

Comprehension Questions

What are economic wants?

Goods, services, or leisure activities that people desire.

What were some of the economic wants of the little pig?

She wanted a pancake, maple syrup, bubble bath, rubber duck, a family visit, suitcase, old tap shoes, clothes, music, pictures to be taken, envelopes and stamps, tree house, wallpaper, and glue, etc. Her wants were virtually unlimited!

Could the little girl satisfy all of the pig's economic wants?

No, the little pig had virtually unlimited wants! When our economic wants are greater than our limited resources, we call this scarcity.

In the real world, how do people get the goods and services they want?

They buy them, usually with money.

How do people get the money they spend?

Most people get the money - income - they spend by working at jobs.

How could the little girl get out of the chaotic situation?

Answers will vary. She could make the little pig make her most important wants. The little pig had to learn that she was facing the condition of scarcity. She could not continue to have everything she wanted.

Author: Laura Numeroff
Illustrator: Felicia Bond
Published: 1998
Reading Level: 2.5
Grade Level: PreK-2
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Harper Collins