Matti 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. 200,000 first printing.
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In Jan Brett's bestselling retelling of the traditional nursery story, Gingerbread Baby, it's an impish gingerbread baby, not a boy, who jumps out of the oven and leads villagers on a wild chase. This puckish cookie has run away with countless hearts since he first escaped the fire, and is now brought to life again in the form of an adorable 10-inch-tall plush toy. Huggably soft and covered with satin peppermint candies, this endearing gingerbread baby won't evade anyone's clutches! (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie CoulterFrom the Inside Flap:
So begins the rollicking chase around Matti's kitchen and out into the countryside as Matti's mother, his father, the cat, and the dog run after the boisterous, bouncing Gingerbread Baby, only to be joined by a flock of goats, Martha and Madeline, a crowd of villagers and more. The Gingerbread Baby stays just out of reach, daring them to catch him all along the way!
But Matti's not with them. He's at home, and we see him in the borders patting and rolling and putting something into the oven. What is he making? Will he ever see his Gingerbread Baby again?
Yes! In a delicious twist at the end that surprises even that mischievous Gingerbread Baby.
Jan Brett's lively and beautifully detailed paintings catch the spirit of a favorite old tale through her cheeky little Gingerbread Baby and the colorful cast of characters who pursue him through a tiny Swiss village surrounded by forest and mountain.
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Jan Brett (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0399236112