The Gingerbread Girl

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Overview

The lonely old woman and the lonely old man decide to bake a girl this time, but when they open the oven, she runs off like her brother did. Never fear, this smart cookie has a plan to outfox the fox. Will it work? Let's just say that the ending is sweet for everyone.

'Ernst's familiar art, here placed against gingham-check backgrounds, utilizes the oversize format to best advantage, with large characters leaping out of their frames. On the cover, the candy-studded Gingerbread Girl with licorice-whip hair stares ...

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Overview

The lonely old woman and the lonely old man decide to bake a girl this time, but when they open the oven, she runs off like her brother did. Never fear, this smart cookie has a plan to outfox the fox. Will it work? Let's just say that the ending is sweet for everyone.

'Ernst's familiar art, here placed against gingham-check backgrounds, utilizes the oversize format to best advantage, with large characters leaping out of their frames. On the cover, the candy-studded Gingerbread Girl with licorice-whip hair stares boldly out at readers. Kids won't be able to resist following her inside.'-Booklist

Like her older brother, the Gingerbread Boy, who was eventually devoured by a fox, the Gingerbread Girl eludes the many people who would like to eat her but also has a plan to escape her sibling's fate.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Many versions of the story of the legendary gingerbread boy tell the tale in a multitude of settings, usually with an unhappy ending for the boy. So when the lonely old woman and the lonely old man in this version decide to try making a girl this time, who will be "too sweet to leave home," this gal decides she will outwit the fox instead. To their dismay, she pops out of the oven with her own repeated refrain: "I'll run and I'll run/ With a leap and a twirl. / You can't catch me,/ I'm the Gingerbread GIRL!" And away she dashes, followed first by the old man and woman, and then by angry farmers, a pig, an artist, a cow, a dog-walker, and school children. For each she has a jolly new rhyme along with the refrain. How she gets the best of the fox makes for a surprise happy ending. Large pages allow for stylized informative vignettes and full-page scenes, filled with the acrobatic actions of the tasty-looking animated cookie. Our heroine and the fox are particularly well depicted, with gestures clearly expressing their emotions. The gathering crowd of others is a sort of silent chorus as they race across the tops of the pages. Eventually all share in eating a fresh batch of gingerbread as the fox, jaws tied shut, watches dolefully.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Not as substantial a story as that of the unfortunate gingerbread boy, Ernst's confectionary tale is, nevertheless, entertaining. Like her brother, this perky pastry, covered from head to toe in candies, bolts from the oven and outruns a farm family, a pig, an artist, a cow and her calf, a dog walker, and some children at recess-before jumping onto the same fox's back. However, by using a strand of her licorice-whip hair to lasso the hungry creature, the Gingerbread Girl proves that she is one sharp cookie who knows how to turn around a sticky situation. Large, pleasantly appealing cartoon illustrations are set upon pale backgrounds of blue, mauve, tan, and green gingham. Despite the forced rhyme of the protagonist's speech ("I can leap past piggy/Like all of the others./This story will not end/Like that of my brother's!") and a couple of unnecessary remarks made by the fox ( "Anyone could tell by looking at her that she was an airhead"), the story provides enough amusement to make it appealing-but not a first purchase.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This cute and clever sequel is the story of the Gingerbread Boy's younger sister. Rationalizing that a sweet girl surely would not run away from them, the lonely old couple again attempts a gingerbread child. But she has other ideas: "I'll run and I'll run / With a leap and a twirl. / You can't catch me, / I'm the Gingerbread Girl!" As she runs through town, she captures the interest and appetite of many, but she just spouts witty poetry and sings her trademark refrain. At the river, she accepts a ride on the fox's tail, moves to his back as the water creeps higher and even climbs onto his head. But in one cunning move, she masters the fox and leads her entourage back to the old couple's house where they bake gingerbread for everyone and are never lonely again. Ernst's facial expressions are spot-on. Her illustrations reflect the country setting in both the muted colors and the gingham pattern of the borders and backgrounds. A wonderful addition to other happy-ending, empowered-girl, fairytale remakes. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525476672
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 56,131
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Campbell Ernst is the author-illustrator of The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book and many other popular picture books. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Funny, Witty Read

    With clever twists and engaging word choice, topped off with catchy illustrations, this entertaining tale made a fun read for our entire family. Also works in PERFECTLY for a gingerbread theme at school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Clever! What a FUN twist on an old favorite!

    Lisa Campbell-Ernst never fails to deliver a fun and entertaining read. My students and I always love reading her books and this one is just awesome! I will read it to my daughters and students often! Great book...AGAIN!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    My 4K class loved this book! They enjoyed reading it over and over...they also enjoyed the sequel "The Gingerbread Girl Animal Crackers" by the same author. My class thought it was super funny that the girl didnt get eaten by the fox like her brother.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    also delicous

    a smartr one than her brother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Girls can

    great compannion story for the Gingerbread boy. A different point of view on a old story.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

    extremely fun read aloud

    one of my favorite childrens books! fun, fun, fun!!!

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Girl Power

    My daughters kindergarten teacher read this book regularly to the class. It become one of my favorites from the first time I heard her read it. Catchy rhymes and a sassy character make it fun to read over and over.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    Better Than the Original

    My two daughters REALLY liked this story. They were repeating the GIngerbread Girl's lines for a week. Funny, catchy phrase, nice illustrations.

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