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The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
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Nov 30, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in November, 2008

This is the classic tale of an old couple, with no children of their own, who bake a gingerbread boy to keep them company. This Gingerbread Boy eludes the hungry grasp of the little old woman, the little old men, the horse, the cow, the threshers and everyone else in the is pastoral setting, until he happens upon a very clever fox. In very satisfiying ending, the gingerbread boy "at last went the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven . . . He was all gone!”.

This is the traditional telling of the story. It is, also, an edge of your seat thriller at story time!! Despite the harsh ending, sequencing, repetition and rhyme of the text encourage children to “read-a-long”, following the story. In addition, the story includes many sight words for early and transitional readers to scan.

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From School Library Journal
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.

From Kirkus Reviews
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”.

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