Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Gingerbread Girl

I imagine that all little girls will love The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst because she is one smart cookie (HA HA.) The old couple who lost their gingerbread boy to the devious moves of the fox are so sad that they decide to bake a little girl. They hope that she will be a sweet one and not run away like the boy. But, as soon as the oven door opens, out runs the gingerbread girl 'with a leap and a twirl'. She moves along a similar path as the boy, out running all the people and animals that are interested in taking a bite of her delicious smelling gingerbread. And like the boy, the gingerbread girl meets up with the sly fox and the bank of a river. But, this is where the stories differ. Although the girl does take the fox up on his offer to give her a ride, she is no dummy. As the water grows deeper, the girl takes the fox's advice and moves closer to his mouth. The fox thinks that he has yet again tricked another gingerbread cookie until the girl whips off a licorice strand (her hair), and uses it to lasso the fox's mouth shut. Who's the sly one now? In the end, the old couple and the girl begin to bake for the entire booktown and no one is lonely anymore.

*Create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts the Gingerbread Boy story to that of the Gingerbread Girl.


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