Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Genre: Fiction
Publishing info: Putnam Juvenile; 32 pages
Awards: Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year 1999

Summary: This is a twist to the original story, The Gingerbread Man. A boy in the story, Matti made a gingerbread man out of cookie dough. Instead of waiting a full 8 minutes like he was told he opened the oven door earlier. A gingerbread baby came out of the oven! When Matti chased him around the kitchen the gingerbread baby would say a chant. Throughout the story an animal or person would chase they baby. Finally, Matti had an idea to catch him. Matti built a gingerbread house and put it in the woods. When the gingerbread baby went to the woods, he went into the house and Matti locked it!

Personal rating: ***Good! Cute story with beautiful illustrations. The original story is still my favorite.

Reading level: 3.5
Interest level: K-5

Possible uses of the text:
Art: Another twist would be to give an outline of a gingerbread man to the students. Have them create a 'modern' day gingerbread baby/man! Use various items such as sequence, beads, or camouflage materials.

Math: Have students measure the 'Modern' Gingerbread Man/Baby they created using inches.

Potential Problems: None

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