The Gingerbread Man

Read by John Krasinski

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"The Gingerbread Man"

Once upon a time, an old woman and her husband lived alone in a little old house. One day, she decided to make her husband's favorite treat, gingerbread cookies. She carefully mixed the batter, rolled out the dough, and cut out a very nice gingerbread man. She added licorice for his hair, frosting for his clothes, and raisins for his eyes. What a fine looking gingerbread man he was! After he was fully baked, she slowly opened the oven door and -"POOF"- up jumped the gingerbread man, and he ran out the door saying,

"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The old woman and the old man ran after him, but they could not catch him. And so the Gingerbread Man ran and ran. While he was running, he met a cow.

"Moo," said the cow. "You look very fine! Fine enough to eat!" And the cow started to chase to little man.

But the Gingerbread Man ran faster, saying,

"I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

And he laughed,

"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The cow ran after the Gingerbread Man, but she could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man kept running, and soon he met a horse.

"Neigh," said the horse, "You look mighty tasty. I think that I would like to eat you."

"But you can't!" said the Gingerbread Man.

"I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
I ran away from a cow,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

And so he ran singing,

"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The horse ran after the Gingerbread Man, but he too could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man ran and ran, laughing and singing. While he ran, he met a chicken.

"Cackle, cackle," said the chicken, "You look fine enough to peck for dinner. I'm going to eat you, Mr. Gingerbread Man."

But the Gingerbread Man just laughed.

"I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
I ran away from a cow,
I ran away from a horse,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

And so he ran singing,

"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The chicken ran after the Gingerbread Man, but alas, she too could not catch him. And so, the Gingerbread man was safe again.

"Nobody can catch me," he thought. So he kept on running until he met a fox.

He just had to tell the fox how he ran faster than all the others.

"Mr. Fox," he said,

"As tasty as I appear to be,
I cannot let you catch and eat me.
I ran away from an old woman,
I ran away from an old man,
I ran away from a cow,
I ran away from a horse,
I ran away from a chicken,
And I can run away from you!
I can!"

But Mr. Fox did not seem to care.

"Why would I want to bother you?" asked Mr. Fox. "You don't even look that tasty. No, young man, I don't want to eat you at all."

The Gingerbread Man was so relieved.

"Well, indeed, Mr. Fox," said the Gingerbread Man. "If you don't mind, I think I'll take a little rest here." And the Gingerbread Man stopped running and stood still.

And right when he stood still. Snap! went Mr. Fox's jaws right into the Gingerbread Man, who was no longer a man, just dessert!

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