The Gingerbread Girl
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2008
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
on June 18, 2007
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
on January 13, 2007
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
on April 2, 2007
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
on October 22, 2011
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
on February 19, 2007
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
on March 7, 2015
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
on January 11, 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2007
The Gingerbread Girl is much smarter than her older brother. She's not about to end up as the fox's dessert. She fools everyone and comes out on top. A great twist to the old tale with a girl in charge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2007
A great new take on the traditional story, this book tells the story of the gingerbread boy's younger sister! A fun story. My students and I love it.
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