Gingerbread Friends

Gingerbread Friends

by Jan Brett

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Overview

That popular little character is back looking for friends, in an adventure he'll never forget.

Confident and cocky, the Gingerbread Baby happens upon a bakery, where he dances and prances in front of a sugar cookie girl, trying to make friends. But she just stares and doesn?t say a word, like all the other sweet treats he tries to meet.

Discouraged, the Gingerbread Baby runs home, chased by a long line of hungry creatures, where Mattie has a fantastic surprise for him--gingerbread friends that fill a giant fold-out page.

Irresistible images inside the confectionery and outside in the snowy Swiss countryside will delight Jan Brett fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399251610
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/11/2008
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 131,708
Product dimensions: 11.24(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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Gingerbread Friends 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books looks adorable, but it crashes the Nook Kids app every time I try to open it. Then I have to delete my library and reinstall. The Nook Kids for iPad app needs to be updated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful sequel, or book by itself. Illustrations are beautiful. I've read it to my 5 yr old and to K-2 grades at school. They all love it! The side illustrations lead to lots of clues for predicitons, and disscussions.
Katie20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a Gingerbread baby who lived in a gingerbread house in his friend's Matties room. He was upset when Mattie would leave to skate and ski with his friends. He wanted to have friends of his own. The Gingerbread Baby slipped out the door and went to the village to find new friends. He finds a bakery. He asks many other gingerbreads and swans to be his friend but they are as still as can be. He sees a small door and enters. He falls asleep and wakes up to a mouse eating his shoe. He left and ran all the way home. He saw he had new friends and they played.
jessicaherrin83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Jan Brett¿s illustrations. Her books are among our favorite picture and board books. I was excited to discover this new Gingerbread Friends book just in time for the holidays. Relating the adventures of the Gingerbread Baby, its story and illustrations are sure to delight children of all ages.
MelanieRoss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a Gingerbread Baby who lived happily in a gingerbread house in the bedroom of a little boy named Mattie; however, when Mattie would leave to spend time with his friends, Gingerbread Baby would get very lonely. One day, Gingerbread Baby decided to go to the village in hopes of finding a new friend. Once there, he saw a bakery and decided to go inside because he saw people in the window that were his size. He sang a song to them that had to do with becoming friends; however, they did not reply. Gingerbread Baby continued to approach people that were his size, but still no response. Then, he crawled into a hole where he fell asleep and then awoke to a mouse eating a marshmallow off of him. Gingerbread Baby decided that home was the best place for him; therefore, he ran out of the store, but was chased by the mouse, a cat, the baker, and the baker's wife. Along the path, other animals joined the chase until finally Gingerbread Baby ran inside his house. He then found a room full of new friends singing to him; he was thrilled.I would read this book to children in kindergarten and first grade. The best time to read this is during the Christmas holiday because it has to do with a gingerbread boy. It would also be a good book to read when emphasizing the importance of friendships and how sometimes making new friends can be difficult. One thing I loved about this book was that it included a receipe of how to make gingerbread men. Also, I thought this pictures were great because they were very colorful.
bamabreezin4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The ending was happy and the illustrations were nice, but her writing has proven not to be my favorite.
StephanieWhite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gingerbread Friends is the story of a lonely Gingerbread Baby looking for friends. He rides a rooster to the town bakery on his quest. After being chased back to the safety of his home, he finds an entire gingerbread town. The last page of the book is a pop-up page and the recipe for gingerbread is included in the side panels of the illustrations.I immediately thought of another gingerbread tale, The Gingerbread Man, which I used to begin the school year. I wonder how I could pair these two stories then expand to create a unit.In the classroom, I would make gingerbread with the children. We would also use the story to discusss how to find new friends and how to be a good friend.
HI-there1 More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book even more than the first one, "Gingerbread baby." Fun story and excellent pictures!
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Beautiful and detailed illustrations. Fun story to share with your children many, many times.
AEC38 More than 1 year ago
I have used her books, this new one included, in my teaching of young children and find many values in them. They promote good discussions of behavior, customs, character quality, and life skills.
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