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The Gingerbread Man Hardcover – April 1, 1998


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PreSchool-Grade 2?An excellent rendition of an oft-told tale that demonstrates that there is always room for one more Gingerbread Man on the shelves. Aylesworth has done a perfect job of shaping the text to read aloud smoothly with good repetitive phrases that ring true, such as the Gingerbread Man's response to his pursuers: "No! No!/I won't come back!/I'd rather run/Than be your snack!" The text is matched beautifully with an excellent layout and McClintock's illustrations. Using watercolors, sepia ink, and gouache, the artist has created pictures with an old-fashioned look to them, which she attributes to the influence of the 19th-century French illustrator, Grandville. They also are somewhat reminiscent of the work of Randolph Caldecott. McClintock's anthropomorphic animals are wonderfully realized, especially the wily fox, and the Gingerbread Man is a saucy fellow dressed in a blue jacket and hat, with hands on hips and a big smile. The book comes complete with a recipe on the back cover. A satisfying version in every way.?Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Ages 2^-5. With a chanting, rhythmic text and vital narrative pictures, this version of the popular folktale will be a favorite for storytelling with young preschoolers. Egielski's recent Gingerbread Boy (1997) is set in modern-day New York City, but McClintock's illustrations, in watercolor, sepia ink, and gouache, are traditional in style and setting, reminiscent of some early Mother Goose illustrations. Once upon a time, a cheerful old man and a cheerful old woman in their old-fashioned cozy house decided to make a gingerbread man. A series of pictures shows how they bake him, step by step. Then to their consternation, he pops out of the oven and runs away. Now they are no longer smiling--they are mad. They race after the smiling little gingerbread kid, who shouts, "No! No! I won't come back! I'd rather run than be your snack!" He runs from a butcher, an elegant cow, a muddy old sow--until a sly, bookish fox tricks him and gobbles him up. There is a great scene in which all the pursuers, human and animal, stand fuming and helpless while the fox licks its lips and leaves not even a crumb. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 4th Impression edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590972197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590972192
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas & Shana Treffinger on April 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Run as fast as you can, and get this book! The illustrations are fantastic, and the rhythm and rhyming are far better than "The Ginger Bread Boy"! I have purchased copies of both, and my 3 year old enjoys this one MUCH more! This is a book that every child should have in their room! Even if the "Ginger Bread Man" does get eaten in the end, he is after all, just a cookie! This is a fun book to read to your children, and I highly recomend it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 30, 2003
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Lovely illustrations and repeating, predictable text. The illustrations are "old fashioned" looking and were drawn in ink then colored with watercolors and gouache. A classic tale about a gingerbread cookie man that gets up and runs away when he is released from the oven and leads many on a long chase. My children want me to read this story over and over again! There are many versions of this story in print but we especially like this one. As a bonus, the recipe for gingerbread cookies is on the back cover.
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Format: Hardcover
It would be difficult to collect, or for that matter, even find, all of the versions of this wonderful old folktale that first saw print in 1875. Not only are there numerous version, but there are dozens upon dozens of children's stories which draw their origin from the original; gingerbread girl, boy, cowboy, and on and on.

I can remember this story being read to me as a very young child....

Run! Run!
Fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!
I've run from a husband!
I've run from a wife!
I've run from a butcher
With a carving knife!
I've run from a cow,
And a muddy old sow,
And I'll run from you, too!
I can! I can!

The book being reviewed here is a delightful retelling of this tale by one of my favorite children's authors, Jim Aylesworth and has been illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators, Barbara McClintock. This team just does not get any better.

The rhythmic and progressive cadence of the story is simply fun to read, particularly if the reader hams it up a bit and reads it is a rather loud and enthusiastic voice.

The story is of course about an older couple who decide to bake a gingerbread man. After the little guy is made and baked, he jumps up with his taunt and takes off. The tale follows the mad run of the cheeky little guy until the...gulp....end!

Gingerbread has been around since the 15th century and we actually have documents showing that gingerbread "people" were served at the court of Elizabeth I as a novelty item. Gingerbread has always been one of my favorites.

The art work found in this wonderful book was executed by Barbara McClintock and she most certainly does herself proud here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tetoes on February 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book more than any other!! My children love to hear run run run as fast as you can.... that they chant with me! Great classic book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RG on September 18, 2012
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My only disappointment with this book was in the ending: it is not the traditional version I was accustomed to where the fox takes the gingerbread man across the river, proceeding to move the gingerbread man from his tail to his shoulder to his nose to his mouth. I was looking for the version I was familiar with to share with my children/grandchildren. Other than that, the text and pictures were well done and entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steph on November 19, 2006
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This is a beautiful book with the most amazing illustrations you will find anywhere! Illustrations make or break a book for me, and this one does not disappoint. My daughter is almost 3 and wants to hear this story over and over, and I love to read it to her. She knows the rhymes by heart and likes to chant along with me when I read.

VERY highly recommended!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Conner on January 18, 2007
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The book is wonderful. This was my favorite childhood story and it brought back many pleasant memories. My husband and I are enjoying the book as much as our daughter. She also really loves the book and requests that we read the book several times a week. The illustration is wonderful and enhances an already great story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare on January 2, 2011
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This version of The Gingerbread Man charmed my 3-4 year old class and would be a classic in any home children's library. The vocabulary and flow of language is magical with illustrations to stimulate the imagination. Children pick up the repetitions easily and repeat them from memory. You and your children will treasure this.
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