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Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Baby (original 1999; edition 2003)

by Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)

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Title:Gingerbread Baby
Authors:Jan Brett
Other authors:Jan Brett (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2003), Board book, 32 pages
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Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett (1999)



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Matti opens the over to find the Gingerbread baby jump out and run out the door. The Gingerbread baby runs and runs to get away from the animals and Matti’s mother and father, and takes them on a chase through the village and into the forest. Matti stays at home with illustrations in the borders making a gingerbread house for the Gingerbread baby to run into after the chase. Jan Brett's illustrations are magical, and this is a fun book to read around Christmastime.
  kelseymccaw | Dec 18, 2017 |
Inspired by the classic Euro-American folktale about the Gingerbread Man, prolific picture-book author/artist Jan Brett spins an engaging fantasy about a Gingerbread Baby who, let out of the oven early by his young creator, takes off on a wild escapade. As almost all the farm residents, and then the villagers give chase, Matti, the young boy who baked the runaway cookie in the first place, sets out to create a Gingerbread house for his independent creation...

Similar in many respects to a number of European folktales about runaway delectables - the Russian Kolobok, the Norwegian tale of the runaway pancake - the American story of The Gingerbread Man first saw print in 1875, in children's periodical St. Nicholas Magazine. Apparently it was told to the author's children by a storyteller from Maine. Whatever its origins, this story has been given an entertaining twist by Brett, who saves her runaway baby from the usual fate (being eaten by the cunning fox), and gives young readers a happier ending. As always with this artist, the illustrations are gorgeous, with a rich, full color palette, lots of details in the decorative borders and side-panels, and a fun flap to be lifted on the final two-page spread, revealing the Gingerbread Baby in his new home. Recommended to Jan Brett fans, and to anyone looking for entertaining retellings of this classic tale. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 14, 2017 |
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: Matty makes a gingerbread baby, but doesn't wait for it to cook all the way. The gingerbread baby pops out of the oven alive and runs away. Everyone has to chase the gingerbread baby, while Matty makes a gingerbread house to trap him in.
Use in classroom: Inferences because it has pictures on the sides to show what will happen next
Age appropriateness: primary or intermediate
  mdalbeck15 | Dec 7, 2017 |
This story of the Gingerbread Baby has the whole town chasing him. Just like the Gingerbread Boy, but the Gingerbread baby has a better ending. Matti makes a house for Gingerbread Baby, and it is safe and sound, instead of being eaten by the people of the town. ( )
  kmparnell | Nov 28, 2017 |
Summary: Matti opens the over to find the Gingerbread baby jump out and run out the door. The Gingerbread baby runs and runs to get away from the animals and Matti’s mother and father, and takes them on a chase through the village and into the forest. Matti stays at home with illustrations in the borders making a gingerbread house for the Gingerbread baby to run into after the chase.

Personal Response: This book is fascinating, funny and it allows the readers to follow along wanting to know more. The gingerbread baby running with no-one being able to catch him throughout the whole story, while Matti is whipping ups new ginger beak house that the gingerbread baby can land in shows the care and thought Matti has put in for his gingerbread baby. The illustrations in the book are beautifully done, with border illustrations that tell a different story simultaneously.

Curriculum Connection: This book is a great book to use for PreK-1st grade Language Arts and can be used as a read-a-lout and tie into a number of lessons including folk tales, compare/contrast, versions and variations (with other versions of the story), and prediction. And a fun way to incorporate this book is to use it during the holidays with a gingerbread hunt and making their own gingerbread babies. ( )
  ftakahashi | Feb 20, 2017 |
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For Mary, Thelma, Barbara, Megan, Lia, and Martha
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It was cold outside.
I'm the little Gingerbread Baby,
Lucky as can be,
To be living in the house,
That Matti made for me!
"Hello, Matti," his father said when they got home. "We never did catch that Gingerbread Baby. All we found were some crumbs in the snow."
There in the middle of a clearing was a gingerbread house, frosted with sugar, covered with candy, and doors with peppermint handles wide open.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399234446, Library Binding)

"I am the Gingerbread Baby,
Fresh from the pan.
If you want me,
Catch me if you can!"
That sassy cookie! When Matti opens the oven door just a little too soon, out pops a gingerbread baby instead of the gingerbread boy he was expecting. Eluding all efforts to catch him, the flat, becandied baby is chased around the village and into the countryside. He mercilessly taunts Matti's parents, a cat, the milk and cheese man, goats, villagers, a fox, and more. In a less traumatic twist on the classic Gingerbread Boy story, this Gingerbread Baby even outfoxes the fox. Sure he's bratty, but he doesn't deserve the gruesome end the Gingerbread Boy usually comes to. Matti makes sure this naughty but appealing little one ends up right where he belongs.

This fresh-baked version of the traditional nursery story is brought to you from the creative and award-winning ovens of Jan Brett. Best known for such favorites as The Mitten and The Hat, she has illustrated many other familiar folktales. Her intricately detailed paintings, with their pretty, illuminated borders, are a perfect fit for the Swiss mountainside setting of this cozy old tale. And don't miss the Gingerbread Baby plush! (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:18 -0400)

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A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale about a not-so-clever gingerbread man.

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