The Little Gingerbread Man

Published : 10/13/2018 12:39:43
Categories : , Contes adaptés aux 3 - 4 ans , Contes et histoires , Les contes classiques

The Little Gingerbread Man

Once upon a time, there lived a farmer and his wife on a lovely farm by the woods. One day the woman decided to bake gingerbread biscuits. She mixed flour, butter and eggs and added all the required spices to make good, tasty biscuits. As she had some time to spare she decided to cut them out and give them the shape of little men. 

She then put them in the oven. A few minutes later they looked perfectly golden, and she took them out. 

 To her great surprise, one of them stood up, jumped out of the tray and started running around in the kitchen!

« Come back here she shouted, surprised as she was, we will eat you for dessert! »

The Little Gingerbread Man was still running. He climbed the window, jumped through it and ran away as fast as he could, singing:

« Run, run, as fast as you wish

Run, run as fast as you can 

You will never catch me

For I am the Gingerbread Man! »

The woman followed him. How could this happen! This was unheard of! A gingerbread biscuit that did not want to be eaten, even one in the shape of a little man!

The Little Gingerbread man was running towards the farmer, his wife called him « Stop him! Catch him! ». The farmer saw the biscuit running fast and stood in its way… but the Little Gingerbread Man stepped aside and escaped, singing:

« Run, run, as fast as you wish

Run, run as fast as you can 

You will never catch me

For I am the Gingerbread Man! 

Hot on his heels were the farmer and his wife.

He was running very fast. As he ran by the barnyard, the hen called him: « Come here pretty biscuit, I’ll peck you with my chicks.

« No, no, no! the Little Gingerbread Man answered, and sang:

« Run, run, as fast as you wish

Run, run as fast as you can 

You will never catch me

For I am the Gingerbread Man! 

Hot in his heels were now the farmer, his wife and the hen. 

He ran by the placid cow. It raised its head and called him: « Come here in my pen, little biscuit, you look much better than this grass »

But the Little Gingerbread Man escaped singing his favorite song:

« Run, run, as fast as you wish

Run, run as fast as you can 

You will never catch me

For I am the Gingerbread Man! 

Hot on his heels were now the farmer, his wife, the hen and the cow. 

This time the dog started running after him, as fast as he could, and called him: « Come here little Gingerbread Man! You look like a delicious treat to me! » and the Little Gingerbread Man laughed out loud and ran even faster to leave the dog behind, singing: 

« Run, run, as fast as you wish

Run, run as fast as you can 

You will never catch me

For I am the Gingerbread Man! 

Hot on his heels were now the farmer, his wife, the hen, the cow and the dog. 

He had been running for so long he arrived by the river. He was really worried. How would he cross, especially with everyone trying to catch him?

The Cunning Fox came out of the woods at the moment. 

  • « Hello Little Gingerbread man, you look worried, what’s wrong? 
  • Hello Mr. Fox, see I wanted to cross the river, but I cannot find a boat to cross safely 
  • Oh, but I can help. Just climb on my back and I’ll take you across. Also, it looks like you are being chased…
  • Thank you so much, it is very kind of you Mr. Fox!

And the Little Gingerbread Man hopped on the fox’s back and then got into the water. In the middle of the river, the fox told him: « climb on my head, the water is deeper here and I don’t want you to get wet ».

And the Little Gingerbread Man climbed on the head of the fox. 

A little later, the fox told him: « climb on my muzzle now, the water is very deep here and it would be silly to get wet now when we are almost there »

And the Little Gingerbread Man climbed on the Fox’s muzzle.

At that very moment, the Fox found its footing on the river bank, he quickly lifted up his muzzle, throwing the biscuit in the air, opened his mouth wide and ate him!

As he licked his lips, he started singing: 

« Run, run, as fast as you wish

Run, run as fast as you can 

You cannot escape me

For I am the Great Cunning Fox! 

One of the strengths of this tale is its chorus. Kids love hearing this little music as it adds some rhythm to the story (see the tips Aurelia gives us to tell stories to our kids). We also present a filmed version but do not hesitate to adapt it. 

The tale can be longer (or shorter) as one can multiply (or reduce) the visits to the farm animals. I often ask children to choose which animals will try and eat the Little Gingerbread Man before telling the story. 

Enjoy the tale!

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