Today Biblio Links welcomes picture book author Laura Murray!
Full disclosure: I had the pleasure of creating curriculum guides for each of these delightful books. Both stories are twists on the traditional gingerbread tale.
Here are the summaries from the publisher’s website:
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School: 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, the Gingerbread Man does find his class, and he’s assured they’ll never leave him behind again.
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!
The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck: Guess who gets to go along on a field trip to the firehouse? The Gingerbread Man! But when he falls out of his classmate’s pocket, Spot the Dalmatian comes sniffing around. Luckily, this Gingerbread Man is one smart cookie, and he races into the fire truck, up the pole, and all through the station, staying one step ahead of the hungry dog the whole time.
Biblio Links: A student or teacher walks into my library and I think: That person needs a copy of one of Laura Murray’s Gingerbread Man books. Who is this person?
Laura Murray: Being a former teacher myself, I wanted to incorporate lots of fun curriculum tie-ins within these books. Teachers can find printables and standards- based activities here. These are just a few of the lessons that you might see:* Math – Gingerbread-related measuring and estimation* Science – A five senses lessons while making gingerbread; Properties of the ingredients and batter (and kids who are very excited that they might get to taste a cookie!)* Language Arts – Comparing/contrasting the many versions of the GB Man story; Identifying story elements, structure, story event sequencing; Identifying (and chiming in on) rhyming words
* Life Skills – Fire Prevention and Safety Rules; How to navigate your school
* Social Studies – Community helpers; Map skills in the school and community
Biblio Links: Thanks for joining us, Laura!
The Nitty Gritty~
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Dates: The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School (July 2011); The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck (July 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0399250521 (The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School)
ISBN-13: 978-0399257797 (The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck)
Interest Level: 5-8 years
Number of Pages: 32