The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

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by Eric A. Kimmel, Megan Lloyd
     
 

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A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of animals until he meets a clever fox.

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A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of animals until he meets a clever fox.

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School Library Journal
PreS-- Kimmel brings humor and warmth to the retelling of this spicy classic. His text has a fast-paced rhythm that is perfect for read-alouds or storytelling. The deft prose has a strong narrative, good dialogue, and a fine chorus from the Gingerbread Man himself. Lloyd's illustrations work in tandem with the text to create verve and motion while maintaining a ``fresh-from-the-oven'' appeal. Her engaging art works beautifully with Kimmel's retelling to keep both eye and action moving across each page, thus enhancing the story's pace. This is a welcome addition to the ranks of gingerbread men who line library shelves--even Galdone's classic telling (Clarion, 1983) will seem a bit dull compared to this version. Lloyd's illustrations remain striking both closeup and at a distance. A book that's sure to hold every reader and story-hour audience through to a most satisfyingly delicious ending. --Elizabeth Hanson, Chicago Public Library
Ilene Cooper
The familiar tale gets a lift in this sprightly edition. Though the story begins "Once upon a time," the time seems to be modern: the old man and the old woman are ensconced in an appealing farmhouse complete with gas stove. Whatever the comforts of his home, the gingerbread man, with his licorice eyes and three peppermint buttons, has no intention of staying, and off he runs, taunting everyone he meets with, "I'll run and run as fast as I can. / You can't catch me. I'm the Gingerbread Man!" Of course, the fox does catch him--big time--but this version softens the ending with a final page of fresh, recently baked gingerbread men. This is a story that calls for energetic art, and Lloyd provides just that in warm-toned watercolors that feature the gingerbread man zipping across the pages. A compact text and suitably large pictures make this just right for groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823408245
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,285,431
Product dimensions:
10.28(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
AD170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eric A. Kimmel, Professor of Education at Portland State University, lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Doris. He has retold, adapted, or written a number of stories from around the world. The Following titles number among his most humorous books: "The Old Woman and Her Pig", "Anansi Goes Fishing", "Nanny Goat and the Seven Little Kids", and "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock".

Megan Lloyd illustrated Too Many Pumpkins, and Too Many Turkeys. Ms. Lloyd lives in Pennsylvania.

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