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The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

by Jim Aylesworth Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

A cheerful old man and a cheerful old woman decide to make a gingerbread man. They make him and bake him, step by step. Then, to their consternation, he pops out of the oven and runs away. No longer cheerful, they race after the smiling little cookie, who shouts, "No! No! I won't come back! I'd rather run than be your snack!" He runs from everyone — a butcher, an elegant cow, a muddy old sow — until, at last, a sly, bookish fox tricks him and gobbles him up.

Jim Aylesworth, well-loved author of more than 20 books, joins forces with award-winning illustrator Barbara McClintock to create a traditional yet fresh rendition of this favorite tale. Aylesworth's ear for language (the result of 25 years as a first-grade teacher) ensures generous doses of good read-aloud sounds, rhythms, and rhymes. McClintock's pictures, in watercolor, sepia ink, and gouache, are traditional in style and setting, reminiscent of early Mother Goose, but are also full of humor: Children will delight in the final scene, in which all the pursuers, human and animal, stand fuming and helpless while the fox licks its lips, leaving not so much as a crumb for anyone else.

3, 4, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - K
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Classics, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Jim Aylesworth Children's author Jim Aylesworth uses the elements that kids like in a story, such as loud sounds, rhythms, and rhymes.
Barbara McClintock Barbara McClintock is an internationally renowned author and illustrator of more than 40 picture books. Her most well-known books include "The Gingerbread Man" (written by Jim Aylesworth) and her Adele & Simon series.

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