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THE GINGERBREAD GIRL by Lisa Campbell Ernst


by Lisa Campbell Ernst & illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-525-47667-9
Publisher: Dutton

This cute and clever sequel is the story of the Gingerbread Boy’s younger sister. Rationalizing that a sweet girl surely would not run away from them, the lonely old couple again attempts a gingerbread child. But she has other ideas: “I’ll run and I’ll run / With a leap and a twirl. / You can’t catch me, / I’m the Gingerbread Girl!” As she runs through town, she captures the interest and appetite of many, but she just spouts witty poetry and sings her trademark refrain. At the river, she accepts a ride on the fox’s tail, moves to his back as the water creeps higher and even climbs onto his head. But in one cunning move, she masters the fox and leads her entourage back to the old couple’s house where they bake gingerbread for everyone and are never lonely again. Ernst’s facial expressions are spot-on. Her illustrations reflect the country setting in both the muted colors and the gingham pattern of the borders and backgrounds. A wonderful addition to other happy-ending, empowered-girl, fairytale remakes. (Picture book. 4-8)