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Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast

Last updated Monday, February 4, 2019

Author: Josh Funk
Illustrator: Brendan Kearney
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 9781454914044
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2019

Synopsis: Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship—until they discover that there's ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguine. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart?

Note to readers:
•  The last page folds out to a full fridge!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is your favorite food? What is your least favorite food?
•  Have you ever fought with your sibling or friend over the last bit of food? What happened?


•  Linguine- A type of long, flat pasta
•  Sauerkraut- finely cut cabbage that was left in salt water for a long time; Often put on hot dogs
•  Seafaring- traveling over the sea as work or recreation
•  Muck- Dirt, filth
•  Legumes- Include important food plants like peas, beans, and clovers; any of a large family of herbs, shrubs, and trees that have fruits which are dry single-celled pods that split into two pieces when ripe
•  Trudging- To walk or march steadily and usually with much effort

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How do you think Barron Von Waffle got to the syrup first?
•  What could Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have done instead of fighting over the last drop?
•  Many of the foods rhymed in the book: Roast/Toast, Peas/Cheese. Can you think of more food rhymes? (examples: Potato/Tomato, Burritos/Cheetos, Chip/Dip, Ice/Rice).

Craft ideas:
•  Draw your "breakfast friends." What the Kids have for breakfast may provide some fun ideas for friends.
•  Draw your fridge and give each item inside a face and a personality.
•  Check our January craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Penguin Relay Race- Have the children partner-up. First set of partners must place a ball/cup/other item between their lower legs. From a designated starting point, the two penguins must waddle to the finish line without losing their penguin “egg.” If they drop their egg before the finish line, then they must start over again. First person to the finish line wins then next group has a turn. (see Pinterest for details)

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!