The Gingerbread Boy Book & Cassette

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“The classic tale of the old couple, with no children of their own, who bake a gingerbread boy to keep them company. Just as the little old woman is about to take him from the oven, he slips away and runs out the door past a cow, a horse, a group of threshers, mowers, etc. All follow in hot pursuit until the gingerbread boy meets up with a wily fox, and ‘at last and at last he went the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven . . . He was all gone!’ A wonderfully frenetic cross-country chase is depicted in Galdone’s

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Overview

“The classic tale of the old couple, with no children of their own, who bake a gingerbread boy to keep them company. Just as the little old woman is about to take him from the oven, he slips away and runs out the door past a cow, a horse, a group of threshers, mowers, etc. All follow in hot pursuit until the gingerbread boy meets up with a wily fox, and ‘at last and at last he went the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven . . . He was all gone!’ A wonderfully frenetic cross-country chase is depicted in Galdone’s broadly humorous color wash drawings. Of the eight editions of this well-known story now in print, this hilarious version is the most delectable.”—School Library Journal, starred

“Galdone has already proven many times over that he is perfectly at home with those traditional nursery tales that are still preschoolers’ favorites, and his expressive, unassuming style just right for their very young audience. . . . Children will follow along breathlessly . . . right up to that last snip snap snip when the Gingerbread Boy goes ‘the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven.’”—Kirkus Reviews

Retells the popular story of a boastful cookie that runs away from a group of hungry people and animals.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This is a pleasant retelling of the classic tale by Paul Galdone (Clarion, 1975), in which the Gingerbread Boy manages to elude the clutches of everyone he meets until he happens upon a clever fox. Peter Kovner provides an engaging narration. The actual story narration is preceded by a verbal description of the first page, helping pre-readers know where to begin. The voices for the various animals and characters are silly and expressive. The story is accompanied by fluid background music that supplements the telling nicely. Sound effects are utilized throughout the story. For example, chase scenes are accompanied by the sound of running feet. Side one of the tape includes page-turn signals that sound like a flute trilling. At times the signal sounds similar to the background music. On side two, the story is told uninterrupted. This book and tape set will be a useful addition for public and school libraries.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, King County Library System, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618135400
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/15/2001
  • Series: Read along Book and Cassette Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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