Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book on her blog on Fridays. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed is a link to information about that book. It is very handy.
I recently read The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray and chose it for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
Written by Laura Murray
Illustrated by Mike Lowery.
Putnam Juvenile 2011
Synopsis: (From Laura Murray’s Website): “They mixed him and baked him with love, but when the teacher called ‘Recess!’ the class left their Gingerbread Man behind. Certain there’s been a mistake, this smart cookie sets out to find them in this humorous romp through the school. Book includes a poster with fun activities!”
“I began in a bowl. I was not myself-
just a list of ingredients pulled from a shelf,
chosen by children who measured and mixed
my smooth, spicy batter while sneaking quick licks…
A sprinkle of ginger, some cinnamon too,
molasses, soft butter, and eggs as my glue.
Then in their classroom, the children began
to roll me and mold me to look like a man.”
Themes: folktale, friendship, first of school
Brief Synopsis from Laura Murray’s Website: The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School is a fresh twist on a classic tale, told by the Gingerbread Man himself. But this time, he isn’t on the run, he’s sliding down handrails, hiding in lunch bags, and spinning in the Principal’s chair—all on the quest to find the children who made him. On his romp through the school, he meets helpful school staff, but just misses his class every time. Finally after spotting himself on a “MISSING” poster in the Principal’s office, he realizes that his class has been searching for him too. A deliciously sweet ending is served up for both the Gingerbread Man and the children who made him.
Links to Resources: Classroom Gingerbread Man Extension Ideas and Activities, Gingerbread Hunt Clues, Gingerbread Hunt Printable Clues, Teacher’s Guide for “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School”, Gingerbread Teaching Theme, The Gingerbread Man
Why I Like This Book: First of all…who doesn’t love a gingerbread man? They are adorable. Laura’s original and fun twist on a familiar tale makes for plenty of smiles and chuckles as you read. I am a retired teacher who remembers many classes of excited kindergarteners coming to my classroom looking for the gingerbread man. I love the fact that now the gingerbread man is looking for them. Children will catch the clever humor. I can just see the smiles on their little faces…and isn’t that what picture books are about!! This is a great book for teachers. The illustrations are adorable. And the rhyme is genius!