PPBF: Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

Is it Friday already? Oh my goodness…how time flies! Spring has finally sprung in New England…birds are singing, grass is greening, and daffodil shoots are poking out of sweet-smelling earth.

Today’s Perfect Picture Book is pretty sweet also…what else would you expect from breakfast treats like pancakes and French toast that are begging to have maple syrup poured, powdered sugar sprinkled, and jam spread on them. Ooooh…now I’m hungry. And I think you will be, too, after you finish this book.

My choice is special for another reason. Tomorrow, on Will Write for Cookies, you will get to meet the author, the incredibly talented Josh Funk. It’s a powerhouse interview, jam-packed (there’s that jam again) with valuable info for all of you. And, when you finish reading this post, please hop over to Susannah Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review and related resources for parents, teachers and children.

Lady Pancake Cover

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

Written by Josh Funk

Illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (2015)

Ages: 5 and up

Themes: Friendship, teamwork


From Amazon:

A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest “food fight” ever! 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 linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee!

Why I like this book:

  • The text is filled with humor.
  • The illustrations are perfectly married to the story.
  • Great read-aloud.
  • Parents and teachers can use this story as a springboard for a discussion on teamwork, friendship, and getting along.


Related Activies:

Kids in the Kitchen: Make Applesauce Pancakes


Photo courtesy of: http://fraeuleincupcake.wordpress.com


There are many recipes for yummy pancakes in cookbooks and online. Here’s a kid-friendly simple and nutritious one from my book.




You will need: 1 cup flour, ¼ tsp salt, 1 Tb sugar or honey, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 egg lightly beaten, ¾ cup milk, 2 Tb canola oil, ¼ cup applesauce, 2 Tb chopped apple, ½ cup raisins or blueberries, maple syrup or warmed jelly or confectioner’s sugar for the topping (optional), non-stick griddle and two bowls.


  1. Mix flour, sugar and baking powder in large bowl.
  2. Combine egg, milk and oil in another bowl.
  3. Slowly add the liquid mix into the dry mix…stirring till just blended. The batter should be lumpy.
  4. Gently fold in the apples and applesauce.
  5. Preheat the griddle on moderate heat and pour or spoon batter onto griddle (about 2 or 3 Tb of batter for each pancake).
  6. Cook until bubbles form on surface of pancake and gently turn over to brown other side.
  7. Press raisins or blueberries into surface of pancake to form eyes, nose and smiling mouth. Your child might enjoy arranging the faces on her own pancakes.
  8. Top with maple syrup, warmed jelly or confectioner’s sugar if desired.


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This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.


Please make sure you come back tomorrow




About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on April 15, 2016, in Cooking with Kids, Perfect Picture Book Fridays, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful post full of yumminess and dished up with a huge scoop of your generosity. I’m definitely making these pancakes tomorrow. Enjoy your spring weekend and I’ll put something warmer on. Autumn is closing in. 🙂


  2. This is one of my favorite picture books. Love the rhyming and the illustrations.


  3. Love maple syrup and love this book! A yummy post & I look forward to the author interview tomorrow.


  4. I just saw this book. It is such a beautiful and humorous story. Will inspire many giggles! Great activities.


  5. Oh, now I am hungry! Thanks for a great, informative post, Vivian!


  6. This is yummy on multiple levels! I love reading Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast with my kids. And thanks for sharing the applesauce pancake recipe — sounds fantastic!


  7. A story about a race for the last delicious drop of maple syrup and a yummy recipe for applesauce pancakes…I call that a perfect post! Being gluten free, I’m going to have to tweak the recipe slightly, but I’ll bet they’ll still be good.


  8. Vivian, my grandchildren are too old for the book (12 and 11) but they are thrilled with the recipe. Gannon and Grace are going to make the appliesauce pancakes for their dad this weekend, and they’re really excited! 😉


  9. I love this book, I bought it for my niece for Christmas. And I just loved the ending…didn’t see that coming lol!! I’m a big fan of pancakes, so I’m definitely going to try your recipe. It looks delicious!! Thanks for a wonderful, jam packed post!!


  10. This book looks absolutely hilarious! I would love to share it with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!


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