The Gingerbread Cowboy

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

Bibliographic Information: Squires, Janet. The Gingerbread Cowboy. Illus. Holly Berry. New York, NY: Harper Collins Children’s Books. 2006. Print

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Summary: This is a different version of the tale of the Gingerbread man. This takes place in the West. A couple decides to make a cowboy gingerbread man cookie. He escapes when they open the oven. They chase him all over town trying to catch him. In the end, he is eventually eaten by the sly fox.

Possible Website:

This website provides the original story of the Gingerbread man.

Questions about the book:

Where did the setting of the story take place?

Where did the Gingerbread Cowboy escape from?

What happens in the end to the Gingerbread Cowboy?

If you could change the ending of the story, how would you rewrite it?

Themes/ thematic topics: Trust/ Parody

Literary elements: Plot, Setting, Character

Possible Activity:

Students must read the book, then write up their own version of the story. The main character can be any school appropriate character of choice. This story should be at least one page long.

This book would fall into the category of a Parody. It is a spoof of the original story of the runaway gingerbread man.

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