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The Gingerbread Boy (Folk Tale Classics) Hardcover – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Folk Tale Classics
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547599404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547599403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 2-This is a pleasant retelling of the classic tale by Paul Galdone (Clarion, 1975), in which the Gingerbread Boy manages to elude the clutches of everyone he meets until he happens upon a clever fox. Peter Kovner provides an engaging narration. The actual story narration is preceded by a verbal description of the first page, helping pre-readers know where to begin. The voices for the various animals and characters are silly and expressive. The story is accompanied by fluid background music that supplements the telling nicely. Sound effects are utilized throughout the story. For example, chase scenes are accompanied by the sound of running feet. Side one of the tape includes page-turn signals that sound like a flute trilling. At times the signal sounds similar to the background music. On side two, the story is told uninterrupted. This book and tape set [ISBN 0618135405] will be a useful addition for public and school libraries.

Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, King County Library System, WA

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A wonderfully frenetic cross-country chase is depicted in Galdone's broadly humorous color wash drawings." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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This book is published in a smaller size than the one I had in my school library.
Mary Lynne Jarvis
Love this story, captivating for preschoolers (I worked in a preschool before reading this book)... my son loves it.
Michelle D. Barnett
Paul Galdone's adaptation of The Gingerbread Buy is a wonderful version of the story.
S. Bachelor

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "charlie4" on May 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
My three and a half year old son loves this story which is about a gingerbread boy who runs away from people and animals who want to eat him, only to wind up in a river, on the back of a sly fox, who pretends not to be interested in him. The fox eats the boy but this story is not scary. My son tells me it is "OK that the fox ate the gingerbread boy because he is really a cookie, and not a real boy". I would not recommend this book to kids who are three and younger as it might scare and confuse them. This is an older traditional story, a classic. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on December 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Paul Galdone brings us another cheery, faithful rendering of a classic fairy tale. In it, an old woman decides to bake a gingerbread boy, but when she opens the oven he leaps out and runs away, chanting a repetitive "catch me if you can!" jingle to everyone he meets. He gathers a salivating crowd behind him and is running merrily along when he meets a fox, who slyly offers to carry him across the river on his tail. As the water rises, the Gingerbread Boy is gradually enticed closer and closer to the fox's mouth and then (spoiler alert) he is gobbled up, to the disappointment of all his pursuers.

Galdone delivers his tale with lively nursery-room repetition, as the Gingerbread Boy taunts everyone with the same words and the story builds along with the hungry crowd. While some sensitive children might be disappointed when the Gingerbread Boy finally goes "the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven," once they are over the initial shock they may even envy the fox, who enjoys this delightful confection. If they can get their hands on a gingerbread boy of their own they may be inclined to re-enact the story.

Because Galdone chooses the term "gingerbread boy" instead of "gingerbread man," the runner's taunt doesn't quite rhyme, and for this reason some readers may prefer a story which refers to the cookie as "man." Still, this is a great fit for preschoolers and early elementary listeners, and makes a good read-alone as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie on October 23, 2011
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this book is an excellent edition to use to introduce young children to classic fairy tales. I like Paul Galdone's work, and this one is very much in his usual style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I will be reading this book along with some other similar titles to my youngsters. The pictures are very vivid and the repeated patterns make it easy for children to follow!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
An old woman and an old man have no kids, so the old woman makes a gingerbread boy. When she opens the oven, the gingerbread boy jumps out and runs away. He gets chased by the old woman and old man, a cow, a horse, and some farmers out threshing. Eventually, a fox manages to catch the gingerbread boy through cunning, and the fox eats him up. Some kids may find the story quite scary, and may find the unhappy ending a bit disconcerting. But it's a classic tale and quite engaging. The book has about 1300 words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle D. Barnett on January 7, 2012
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Love this story, captivating for preschoolers (I worked in a preschool before reading this book)... my son loves it. I think it has a good lesson also, not to tease, not to trust strangers and being careful because people that appear good could be bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mika4KJ on March 23, 2011
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This is my 4 yr old's favorite book! The teachers incorporated this item into the library and they told me it was his favorite book at school, so we got one for home too! We added the audio to iPod so we can listen in the car and when we're just idle :)
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I use the Kindle Cloud Reader on an iPad. Had to contact Amazon support because I couldn't enlarge the pictures, only to find out the normal pinch-and-zoom feature we are all now trained to use is apparently not allowed by the publisher, Houghton Mifflin. It is a shame you can't enjoy the beautiful artwork of the original. And no matter what size the secondary, newly added text is, it appears clunky and out of sync. You have to squint to actually see the illustrations, and that's a shame because it's what my kid enjoys so much about books. Do not waste your money on the digital version until they do a better job with it. This is likely going to be the case with a lot of wonderful classics, but I'll keep trying until I find a publisher who is doing things better. So while I LOVE the story, I truly HATE what Houghton has done with it digitally. Wake up, publishers!
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