Gingerbread Baby Board book – Sep 22 2003
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In Jan Brett's bestselling retelling of the traditional nursery story, Gingerbread Baby, it's an impish gingerbread baby, not a boy, who jumps out of the oven and leads villagers on a wild chase. This puckish cookie has run away with countless hearts since he first escaped the fire, and is now brought to life again in the form of an adorable 10-inch-tall plush toy. Huggably soft and covered with satin peppermint candies, this endearing gingerbread baby won't evade anyone's clutches! (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Brett (The Mitten; Comet's Nine Lives) presents a rather wordy and wandering version of "The Gingerbread Boy." Impatient for the gingerbread man to bake the full eight minutes that is specified in the cookbook, Matti opens the oven door prematurely and a doughy baby jumps out instead: "I am the Gingerbread Baby,/ Fresh from the pan./ If you want me,/ Catch me if you can." The cherubic child remains at home while his parents and a smattering of animals lead a cumulative chase through the Swiss countryside, depicted in minutely detailed pictures. Within the artist's characteristically intricate borders, windowlike cutouts shaped like gingerbread cookie cutters reveal Matti's activities at home: he bakes, constructs and decorates an elaborate gingerbread house, which he then places in a clearing in the woods. Well ahead of his pursuers, the fugitive cookie discovers the elaborate structure and happily takes refuge inside. The grand finale allows youngsters to lift a flap shaped like the gingerbread house to uncover its new resident, smiling and winking. Brett's fetching art offsets her rather facile narrative in a book likely to please her faithful fans and holiday gift shoppers. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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First of all, the book explains EXACTLY why the Gingerbread Baby appears in the first place. In the original tale, a woman cooking the gingerbread merely opens the oven door and out pops the cocky cookie. In this story, however, a boy (Matti) and his mother are following the recipe found in a worn-looking cookbook. Though the recipe instructs to bake a gingerbread boy for a full eight minutes, "No more. No less. DO NOT peek", Matti cannot resist taking just a little glance at the yummy pastry man. Too late he realizes his mistake and the Gingerbread Baby (it's still too young to be a gingerbread boy, you see) leaps out to its freedom. The next few pages show the various modes of escape the creature uses to keep from being eaten by everyone from Matti's parents to dogs, goats, pigs, peasants, and a crafty fox. In the traditional story, the fox is the clever party that devours the Gingerbread Boy. Not so here.Read more ›
Note to teachers: This story would be great to use with Christmas Around the World, or a study of Switzerland. Be sure to let your children make gingerbread people and houses. They will love the measuring and counting activities and they will enjoy being creative as they decorate.
The gingerbread baby dare all it see to try and catch it. But the animated treat is too fast and slick. Always eluding capture and befuddling its pursuers. But as the whole town gradually joins in the chase, young Matti, who did the baking and opened the oven too soon, stays quietly at home and consults the cook book for a solution. So, as the townspeople think they have chased the gingerbread baby to its doom, young Matti knows differently.
Another beautiful book from a talented children's author. As with most of Jan's books, you should pay attention to the decorative borders for more insight into the story.
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This is a book which kids will love because it not only has a charming story but the illustrations are incredible. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2013 by Lorian Gillies
The entire process was excellent. The item arrived sooner than I expected. It was in perfect condition. It looked as if it had just come off the bookstore shelf.Published on Jan. 7 2012 by marilyn
The Gingerbread Man never grows, or bakes, up in this rendition thanks to an impatient little boy. The illustration of the gingerbread baby tying the two girls braids together is... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Lovisa Gustaffson
The story is a fantistic twist on the Gingerbread boy tale of old. I agree with all the othe posts. I want only to add, that I found Jan Brett's web page ([... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002
Fantastic! Jan Brett's illustrations are wonderful and really hold the children's attention. She also gives a new twist on the ending which the children loved. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by Kathryn M. Watts
I teach in an elementary school of over 800 students. Each year I present a unit on Jan Brett. I introduce her as my personal favorite author/illustrator. Read morePublished on June 3 2001 by Connie Brannon
Jan Brett's illustrations are so beautifully detailed and intricate that it is a pleasure to read this book to my child. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2001 by M. Hilary Gardner
I use this book in a Jan Brett author/illustrator unit with my Kindergartener, third and fifth graders. The children love the sassy little gingerbread baby. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2000 by Connie Brannon
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