The gingerbread man loose in the school /

by Murray, Laura; Lowery, Mike [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's, 2011Description: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780399250521; 0399250522.Subject(s): Stories in rhyme | Cookies -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Picture books for childrenSummary: A gingerbread man searches all over the school for the group of children that made him and then left him behind.
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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!"<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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!

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Kirkus Review, June 2011

Library Media Connection, November 2011

A gingerbread man searches all over the school for the group of children that made him and then left him behind.


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Horn Book Review

Elementary school students stir up ingredients, roll out batter, and bake. When the oven timer dings, Gingerbread Man eagerly springs out...into an empty classroom (the children are at recess). The cookie, thinking he's been abandoned, embarks on a voyage through gymnasium and hallway to be reunited with the kids. This being a school, he meets kind and helpful adults: the gym teacher points the way, the nurse ministers to an injury, and the art teacher directs him to the all-knowing principal who, in turn, sets the cookie straight: "The children you mentioned just left you to cool. / They're hanging these posters of you through the school" ("Missing...Our Gingerbread Man"). There's a satisfying epic quality to the cookie's home-away-home journey, well scaled to readers' frame of reference. There are also some great cookie-centric lines in Murray's rhyming text -- "I leapt from the table. I waved, and then said, / 'Thanks for not taking a bite of my head'" -- and the refrain features enough variation to keep readers on their toes. Lowery's cartoon-panel mixed-media illustrations imbue the highly sympathetic, wide-eyed confection with an abundance of personality. Unlike his cousin from the traditional story, there's an endearing sweetness to this Gingerbread Man. A pull-out classroom poster with games, activities, and a recipe on one side and a full-color image of the protagonist on the other is included. elissa gershowitz (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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