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The Gingerbread Girl Hardcover – September 21, 2006

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PreSchool-Grade 2–Not as substantial a story as that of the unfortunate gingerbread boy, Ernst's confectionary tale is, nevertheless, entertaining. Like her brother, this perky pastry, covered from head to toe in candies, bolts from the oven and outruns a farm family, a pig, an artist, a cow and her calf, a dog walker, and some children at recess–before jumping onto the same fox's back. However, by using a strand of her licorice-whip hair to lasso the hungry creature, the Gingerbread Girl proves that she is one sharp cookie who knows how to turn around a sticky situation. Large, pleasantly appealing cartoon illustrations are set upon pale backgrounds of blue, mauve, tan, and green gingham. Despite the forced rhyme of the protagonist's speech (I can leap past piggy/Like all of the others./This story will not end/Like that of my brother's!) and a couple of unnecessary remarks made by the fox ( Anyone could tell by looking at her that she was an airhead), the story provides enough amusement to make it appealing–but not a first purchase.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Everyone remembers the ill-fated Gingerbread Boy, but few know about his smarter sister. After losing the boy, his elderly bakers are loath to try another cookie, but finally they create a gingerbread girl. Sure enough, she runs away "with a leap and a twirl. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Girl." Inventive, though occasionally clunky rhymes describe the girl as she runs away from a dog walker, an artist, cows, and kids. Then she meets the fox, who slyly agrees to a safe trip ashore. It looks like Gingerbread Girl will go the way of her brother. But she turns out to be a smart cookie with a clever plan, a twist that's the most innovative part of the story. Ernst's familiar art, here placed against gingham-check backgrounds, utilizes the oversize format to best advantage, with large characters leaping out of their frames. On the cover, the candy-studded Gingerbread Girl with licorice-whip hair stares boldly out at readers. Kids won't be able to resist following her inside. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525476679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525476672
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S.C. on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Actually, I really do LOVE this book!!! My students squealed with delight upon hearing that I added a new book about a Gingerbread Girl! I teach Preschoolers, so I am able to skip over the two words that show up once..."dumber" and "airhead". It's a shame because the author didn't have to use those words...here are the two sentences just in case you're curious...
"Ooooh, the water is so deep, move to my back!" he insisted, thinking this cute cookie was even dumber than her brother. Anyone could tell by looking at her that she was an airhead.
I have a nice assortment of Gingerbread Boy/Man books and am glad to add this to my collection.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M Manning on June 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My five-year old daughter LOVES this book. They read it in her kindergarten class and she has read it over and over again. I just wish it didn't have the words "dumb" and "airhead" in it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marci Twain on January 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the style of children's book I had read to me as a child: ample text and nice large pictures. One can follow the story by listening to it without looking at the illustrations. And one can follow the story (after a brief introduction) by simply looking at the pictures and not reading the text. But if one both reads and looks at the pictures the book is all the more interesting.

The book is about a gingerbread cookie that a lonely old couple decides to make which runs off just as her older brother had done when he was baked. She bolts out of the oven and the couple's front door and past a bunch of neighbors finally to come in contact with the pesky fox that ate her older brother sometime in the past. She was determined to not let the fox outsmart her as he did to her brother. Read the book to find out what she does.

I was particularly impressed with the text of this book. It was very well done. Maybe there was a little too much "I'm the Gingerbread Girl" sprinkled throughout, but I can overlook that. I would have liked the book better if the illustrations had been a little more sophisticated. But that's just me. 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Phelps on April 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My students really were enjoying the gingerbread boy stories, so I did a unit with the many different stories. They really enjoyed this one, though during the first reading (and maybe it was just that type of day) it felt a little long and one students said, "this is a long book." But they did all sit to hear it and really loved reading it and listening to it over and over on their own and at the listening center. I think I read one review that there was some forced rhyming, and it is somewhat true, but the book is still very good either way and very enjoyable for the children. It's a fun story with fun pictures and a fun twist at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on October 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Remember the story of the Gingerbread Man? He ran away from ever-increasing numbers of pursuers, until he arrived at a river. A fox carried him across the river, and then ate him just before finishing the river crossing. This story is similar, only with a gingerbread girl. Will she be better behaved?
Less compelling than the original story, because of awkward rhymes, language (the fox says that the gingerbread boy was dumb), and because it lacks the striking ending and inherent moral. Perhaps the writer thought that the fox eating the gingerbread man was a violent ending, and she wanted to wash out the violence and make it more gentle for kids? Personally, I prefer the original.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on February 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book sight unseen...never again. It is an interesting book and I like the idea of a gingerbread girl but using words like "dumb" and other bad language does not fit with my philosophy of teaching young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Ervin on March 7, 2015
Format: Hardcover
As a retired librarian, I did purchase this book for our 'gingerbread collection'. I liked the book and used it with several others for comparison even with some of the older children. I could have done without the 'dumb' and 'airhead' but I still liked the book very much. Our younger students enjoyed this book very much and liked the pictures a lot. I think it was good to finally add a girl to the gingerbread stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunday walker on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I always do a unit on the Gingerbread Man with my kindergartners and I'm always looking for a new spin on this story. The illustrations are colorful and we love the rhyme that the Gingerbread Girl says. The happy ending was also appreciated by the children.
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