Shirokuma-chan no Hottokeki

Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite picture books, Shirokuma-chan no Hottokeki (Shirokuma-chan’s Pancake). This adorable story is a wonderful book for young children to enjoy their adventures in the kitchen.

Basic Information

  • Title: Shirokuma-chan no Hottokeki
  • Author: Hisashi Mori, Yoshimi Wada
  • Illustrator: Ken Wakayama
  • Year of Publication: 1972
  • Publisher: Kogumasha
  • Age Range: Toddlers and up


This picture book is about Shirokuma-chan making pancakes. First, crack an egg, then add milk. The batter is stirred and cooked in a frying pan. When they are done, Shirokuma calls his friend, Koguma-chan, and they eat them together, saying, “Delicious, isn’t it?” This picture book will delight children’s eyes as they watch the pancakes cook with each turn of the page.


  • Fun Illustrations: Illustrator Ken Wakayama draws bright and warm pictures of Shirokuma-chan and Koguma-chan having fun.
  • Simple language: The book is written in very simple language so that even small children can understand it.
  • Interest in Cooking: Through the process of making pancakes, children can develop an interest in cooking.

Discover and Learn

From this picture book, children can learn how food is made and the joy of sharing it with others after making it. They can also learn the joy of making something and the importance of sharing what they have made.

Recommended Readers

“Shirokuma-chan no Hottokeki” is a picture book with simple language and fun illustrations, perfect for children from toddlers on up. It is also recommended for children who are beginning to develop an interest in cooking, as they can learn the basic process of pancake making. Furthermore, reading the book together with parents and children and actually making pancakes together will be a fun experience.


“Shirokuma-chan no Hottokeki” is a fun story about Shirokuma-chan who makes pancakes. Through this picture book, children will learn the fun of cooking and the joy of sharing what they have made with their friends. Reading the book together with parents and children will help them enjoy the world of the picture book even more. We recommend this picture book for children who are interested in cooking and for parents and children who want to spend a fun time together.


I am a mother of one child with a love of picture books! The time I spend reading picture books with my child is a treasure for me. In this blog, I introduce picture books that have left a deep impression on me and share the charm of stories that nurture children's imagination and sensitivity, and also inspire us adults to learn and be moved by them. I aim to create a place where readers can connect and empathize with each other through picture books. Thank you!

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