The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

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When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: "I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!"

With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, a deliciously sweet ending is served up for both the Gingerbread Man and the children who made him.

 Teachers often use the Gingerbread Man story to introduce new students to the geography and staff of schools, and this fresh, funny twist on the original can be used all year long. Includes a poster with fun activities!
 

About Laura Murray

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Laura was a teacher before becoming a writer, and had to deal with many an escaped Gingerbread Man in her time. She lives in McLean, Virginia.Mike Lowery’s work has been seen in galleries and publications across the globe. He is Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta.
 
Published July 7, 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Murray's children's debut, when a gingerbread man made by schoolchildren gets left behind at recess, he decides he has to find his class: "I'll run and I'll run, / As fast as I can. / I can catch them! I'm their / Gingerbread Man!"

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In Murray's first children's book, a spry, role-reversing story told through comic-book panels and buoyant verse, a gingerbread man is the pursuer, not the pursued: I'm the gingerbread man,/ and I'm

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In Murray's first children's book, a spry, role-reversing story told through comic-book panels and buoyant verse, a gingerbread man is the pursuer, not the pursued: "I'm the gingerbread man,/ and I'm trying to find/ the children who made me,/ but left me behind."

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If I see Anne as someone who must learn to break her reliance on men in general, who must learn to become independent, heal from her losses and become a whole person, wanting Mickey, the "safe, comfortable guy" to take her back at the end makes her appear weak again.

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