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The Gingerbread Man

© Written by Tasha Guenther and illustrated by Leanne Guenther
Fairy tale based on the original tale first published in St. Nicolas Magazine.


Once upon a time, in a land like yours and mine, there lived a baker. Her favorite thing to bake was gingerbread cookies. She was a friendly woman, but she had secret routines and some exciting animal friends.

unbaked gingerbread manOne early morning, as she baked her daily gingerbread, she realized there was just a bit more flour, water, molasses, ginger, salt, and spice than she had anticipated. So, she decided to make a special gingerbread man for the local boy Billie to eat. 

On this day, the baker took a big lump of her smooth brown dough and shaped the gingerbread man's body, adding the silhouette of a neck and a round head on top. She drew on a couple of eyes with thick white frosting for good measure and a mouth. 

Billie will surely love this gingerbread man, she thought. Before she placed her cookies in the oven, the baker added legs and arms with her extra scraps of dough.

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