The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School


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When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: "I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!"

With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, the Gingerbread Man does find his class, and he's assured they'll never leave him behind again.

Teachers often use the Gingerbread Man story to introduce new students to the geography and staff of schools, and this fresh, funny twist on the original can be used all year long. Includes a poster with fun activities!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399250521
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 111,341
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: GN580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Laura Murray a former teacher, began each school year with a unit in which kids would follow candy and crumb trails to find their missing Gingerbread Man. She lives in Toronto, Canada. This is her first book.

Mike Lowery lives in a tiny cottage surrounded by trees where he mostly just makes art. His work has been seen in galleries and publications internationally and he is Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. His daughter Allister loves it when he draws faces on their bananas.

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The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AudreyVernick More than 1 year ago
What fun! Laura Murray and Mike Lowery have put a fun new spin on an old classic. This book is a welcome new addition to the back-to-school canon. With fun rhymes, an introduction to school settings, and acceptance and friendship at its heart, THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL is the whole package. Tasty, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each year for my young son's birthday I look for two hardcover books to gift to him. This is a struggle- I am not vey impressed with most children's books. I love the rhyme and meter in this book, it's cutesy enough to entertain the (almost) 3 year old while long and involved enough that his 7 year old brother took a seat next to us to listen to the story through. The only complaint I have is the comic-style illustration. It's ok for the older children, and once we've read it a few times I'm sure, but at first it is a little confusing to kiddos who want to know which image corresponds with the words they are hearing. Reading comics to someone else is kind of frustrating.
nicole.ansara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
written like a comic, incorporates rhythm of original gingerbread story, can be used to teach mapping and school workers, making friends and not leaving anyone behind
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Students make a gingerbread man in school. They let it cool while they go to recess. But during recess the gingerbread man comes to life and is left all alone! He goes searching for the class while meeting various people of the school-the gym teacher, nurse, etc. Finally, a friend helps him find his class and they all celebrate.Something I could definitely see using on the first day of school! The students could then have a scavenger hunt of their own with clues I make from each important place in the school. Very cute book for teachers!
Schuman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The class make a gingerbread man and then go out for recess. The gingerbread man goes through the school asking each teacher if they had seen the kids that made him. Finally he finds that the kids went to recess but they had returned to class. When he returns the kids all cheer, they tell him that they only left him to cool. He then finds that they have made him a desk, a house, everything he needs to live with them in their classroom.This would be a fun story to read before making gingerbread cookies. Otherwise I think it is just a fun read-loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! (My daughter does too!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago