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The Gingerbread Girl Hardcover – September 21, 2006
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"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.
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!
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.