Title: The Gingerbread Man
Retold by: Alan MacDonald (based on a traditional folk tale)
Illustrator: Anja Rieger
Genre: fiction (children book)
Published by: Ladybird Books Ltd
Children books always attract my attention. This time I’d like to review about this story book. Since its one of the most famous folk tale, I believe most of you are already familiar with it. Most of my students love this book, too, especially the singing part. I love to sing along together with them while enjoying reading.
The most important part is always tell the lesson learned after reading. For the lesson of this book, I share by the end of reviewing this book. Let’s start with the summary of this story.
Once upon a time there was an old baker living with his wife. He suddenly wanted to bake a gingerbread man as it would look good in their shop window. So out of the blue, when he put the gingerbread man in the oven, they heard a noise coming out of it.
To their surprise, the gingerbread man jumped out of the oven and ran away right after the baker opened the oven door. So, they chased him and shouted to ask the gingerbread man to come back. Unfortunately, it ran faster and sang:
“Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”
Next, a hungry boy joined the chase as the gingerbread man indeed looked so yummy. Again, this chase even made the gingerbread man ran faster until he passed a hungry cow which also joined the chase. But the gingerbread man just kept running and singing. Then, he passed a hungry cow which also wanted to join the chase.
This kind of long and silly chase even made the gingerbread man felt more excited to run faster. He kept singing for joy and running into the forest. When a hungry fox called him, he just ignored it. He really thought how clever he was to be able to run away from those who chased him down. Abruptly, he came to a wide river.
The sly fox asked the gingerbread man to jump onto its tail as it would take him across. The gingerbread man felt so thankful. It wasn’t long when the fox asked him to jump onto its back as he was too heavy. The gingerbread man did it. He crawled on the fox’s back.
But soon the fox asked him to jump on its nose since he’s too heavy for its back. The gingerbread man agreed.
When they came near to the river bank, the fox tossed his head and the gingerbread man fell down on the fox’s opening mouth. OH, NO!
And that’s the end of the gingerbread man.
So remember: never trust a stranger although he might seem nice and helpful. Always beware!
Do you like this story as much as I do? What’s you favorite children book? Please share here.
Lots of Love,