The Library Gingerbread Man 3.7 out of 5based on
thornton37814 on LibraryThing
10 months ago
This is a cute tale about the gingerbread man escaping from his book in 398.2 in the library. He encounters various characters such as a word wizard, an origami bird, Olympic runner Jesse Owens, and others who try to stop him and make him get back to his spot in the library. Young readers who love the "Catch me, catch me, if you can . . . " story will enjoy this variation. There are a few problems with the book. The biggest one is probably that the author classifies individual biographies in 920. That is the number for collective biography which includes a wide range of persons from different occupations, but individuals are generally now classified under their subject matter. Many public and school libraries still use the letter "B" to signify biography rather than using Dewey to categorize them. While it's possible that an arctic fox would be in a book about the Arctic regions, it seems that the gingerbread man should have encountered the fox in the zoology section near his encounter with the giraffe. Knock knock jokes are usually classified in 398.7 with "Jokes and Jests" rather than in 818 which is a more literary type of humor, such as one would encounter in the writings of Mark Twain. It's still an enjoyable read that children will love, even if it does have a few Dewey issues.
tchalmers26 on LibraryThing
10 months ago
A great tool to use to introduce students to the non-fiction section of the library. The story was a little long for students in kindergarden.
karenamorg on LibraryThing
10 months ago
The Gingerbread Man is a very popular character with young students. They enjoy the rhythm of the cumulative tale¿no matter if the setting is a European hamlet or a more contemporary one. In this variation, the cookie ¿escapes¿ from his home in the 398.2 section of a library and runs wild through the stacks. He pauses at some very popular types of children¿s books before running on, so students can become familiar with certain Dewey Decimal Classification System numbers that reflect elementary school student interests (a thesaurus at 423.1, giraffes at 599.638, knock-knock jokes at 818.602). This book is a perfect vehicle with which to reinforce some DDC System numbers or as an introduction to how nonfiction is classified. The best part of the story is the specific characters that happen to run after the Gingerbread Man¿the Word Wizard from the thesaurus, an origami bird from the 700s, a ¿whole group¿ from the 920s, and of course, the librarian. The illustrations are awkward in some instances and the refrain is not a melodic as the more traditional versions, but overall the book is a useful tool in a school librarian¿s repertoire. Target audience is wide, due to instructional uses: K-4.Enderle, D., & Madden, C. M. (2010). The Library Gingerbread Man. Janesville, Wis: UpstartBooks.