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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Gingerbread Tales

You’ve heard of the Gingerbread Boy and perhaps the Gingerbread Girl, but have you heard the story of the Gingerbread Cowboy or the Gingerbread Pirates? Your small friends are in for a calorie-free treat with these delicious books to warm winter nights. Ask for them at your local Fairfax County Public Library branch or stay put by the fire, and place a hold online via our website 24-7.
          

The Gingerbread Boy, Paul Galdone. Run! Run! Run! Catch me if you can!” This favorite rendition of the classic tale is charmingly illustrated by the author.

The Gingerbread Girl, Lisa Campbell Ernst. Watch out Mr. Fox, the Gingerbread Girl has learned a thing or two from her brother’s mistakes and insists on giving this tale a new twist.

The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers, Lisa Campbell Ernst. When the Gingerbread Girl opens a box of animal crackers, the cookie craziness reaches new heights.

         
The Gingerbread Cowboy, Janet Squires. “Giddyup, giddyup, as fast as you can!” His tale may sound familiar, but Gingerbread Cowboy was born on a ranch. After running from a roadrunner and a band of javelinas, he tries to escape on the back of a coyote. 

The Gingerbread Pirates, Kristin Kladstrup. A boy and his mother make gingerbread pirates to leave for Santa. But Captain Cookie and his crew have other ideas when animated by Christmas magic.

Gingerbread Man Loose in the School and Gingerbread Man Looseon the Fire Truck, Laura Murray. Gingerbread Man was made by schoolchildren and wants to become part of the class. In the sequel, Gingerbread Man saves the day on a field trip to the fire station.
     
Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends, Jan Brett. Further variations on the tale are lavishly illustrated by popular author/illustrator Jan Brett. See extension activities, including a printable Gingerbread Baby board game, on her website.
The Gingerbread Mouse, Katy Braton. When her old home is destroyed, Mouse finds a cozy gingerbread house to move into within a much larger house. But will she get to keep her sweet home?
Children can extend the last story by making an easy “gingerbread house” like the one Mouse lived in. Stuff a brown paper lunch bag with crumpled paper and fold over the top to make a roof. Decorate the house with markers or collage items and top with cotton “snow”. 
-Suzanne Summers LaPierre, Kings Park Library

 

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