Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Gingerbread Baby

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Children's holiday books. So drum roll please.......

The first book I would like to share is Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. I love Jan Brett's illustrations. You can look at each one forever and never get tired and each time you will still notice new things. Her paintings are so detailed.

"I am the Gingerbread Baby,
Fresh from the pan.
If you wa
nt me,
Catch me if you can."

So begins the chase to catch the Gingerbread Baby. Matti's family and friends all chase the Gingerbread baby through the village.

The illustrations show us that Matti is not with them on the chase. In the boarders of the illustrations we see Matti busy on a different project that in the end will help catch that Gingerbread Baby.

There are so many activitites that can also be done along with the reading of this book. Jan Brett's Web site is full of resources:

Gingerbread Baby Board Game
Gingerbread Baby Happy Holidays Coloring Placemat
Gingerbread Baby House
Gingerbread Baby Interactive House
Gingerbread Baby Icing
Gingerbread Baby Recipe
Gingerbread Friends Mural

Another great activity would be to make one of these:

Wilton Gingerbread House

I have seen these at Costco every Christmas. They have the best price. I want to say they are around $10.00 at the most. The kit has everything that you would need. I have also seen them at craft stores, grocery stores, and Target. My kids have always loved doing these. All Ages.

So gather up your kids, or grandkids, or neighbor kids, or whatever kid you can find and read Gingerbread Baby and have some fun together.

p.s. My local Costco has several of the Jan Brett Hardbound books available right now for $10.79 each. The Mitten, Gingerbread Baby, The Three Snow Bears, and On Noahs Ark (my primary class loved looking at this one).


Laura Brandler said...

I love her books too, but I don't have the Noah's Ark one. I'll have to ask Santa for that. I also love your digital artwork, the winter one you made for your blog.
p.s. I made gingerbread houses out of graham crackers for a smaller version. Always a fun activity, I may do it with my G-kids. Thanks for the reminder.

Amanda said...

I love childrens books! I might have to add these to my collection!!!! Thanks for posting!

We made g-bread houses with Kevin's family one year, but we used graham crackers. IT worked out good.