The tragic tale of the Gingerbread Boy eaten by a fox is familiar to most kids. But in this sequel by Lisa Campbell Ernst a Gingerbread Girl has to face the same trials as her older brother. The difference is that she learned from her brother’s mistakes and is determined to not be eaten by any animal or person. She runs and she runs from those who try to eat her while chanting “You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Girl,” in a familiar nod to the original story. Eventually she is also stopped by the fox, but she uses her quick wit to outfox the fox who ate her brother. Not only does she save herself, she manages to train the fox to behave in this fantastic twist on the original story.
The Gingerbread Girl is a story best suitable for ages 4-8 because it features a lot of text that younger children may have a hard time sitting through at storytime. The book is oversized which makes it a great choice for storytime and also features repetition of the classic “You can’t catch me” rhyme which kids will love chanting. In addition, as this book is a sequel of sorts, talking about the original fable can be a great way to start a discussion with kids.
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