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BC: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." - Dr Seuss By Reid Thomas, Will Ferguson, Nick Wright

FC: Gingerbread Man

1: History: -The Gingerbread Man first appeared in Thompson 2025: The Fleeing Pancake -One of the earliest form of the “Gingerbread Man” was in “The Pancake” by Peter Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe

2: -Another related story is “The Thick, Fat Pancake” by Colshorns in Germany -“The Fleeing Pancake” is the most well known version of the gingerbread man in Europe, at that time of The Fleeing Pancake, the Gingerbread Man became popular in US

3: -The original tale is from a grandmother who told it to her granddaughter and she now passes it from generation to generation -The Gingerbread Man also supports women's role in the kitchen

4: -This tale celebrates the domestic arts, specifically the culinary skills, and also the ability to create life. -Joseph Jacobs published “Jonny Cake” which strongly influenced the American tale

5: Fun Fact: there are thirty-three Irish versions cited from Scandinavia, Holland, Germany, Russia, and Slovenia

6: Impact on Society: -This story provides high morals and strong characters that have influenced children and parents to work hard. Also, as children grow older, they can learn more through more complex stories such as the Gingerbread man. This story teaches about human nature and influenced many books of today. -The Gingerbread man has now become a popular desert of choice during Christmas time

8: Impact on Society Many movies have been made out of the story of the gingerbread man, including a film 1998 called The Gingerbread Man

9: -It has also played an influential role in the popular movie Shrek -The main characters in candy land are gingerbread men -Another Song that was derived from the Gingerbread man fairy tale is called “Sweet Gingerbread man” which appeared in Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart

10: The main theme of this story is to try, try, try again, even if the outcome is not clear.

11: The motif of this story is the saying “I’ve run away from a little old woman, A little old man..." The gingerbread man repeats this many times throughout the story

12: There are many archetypes in this story. These are a few of them: - A fox, which is always considered cunning and wise - Oven which is an archetype for the womb. It stands for birth and transformation. - The number four appears when he is eaten by the fox. It represents mankind and stands for his four limbs and he was also eaten in four bits. -The woods is an archetype for lost. No one knows what lives beyond the woods.

13: Another archetype is the journey. The gingerbread man goes on his search for the truth of running away from the little old woman. He faces a few challenges such as running away from more and more animals and people.

14: The Gingerbread man is a story about a little old lady and a little old man that decide to bake a gingerbread cookie in the shape of a boy. When it is done cooking a Gingerbread man jumps out of the oven and runs away. He passes by many different animals and tells them that they cannot catch him. At the end he is stopped by a fox and eaten in four bites, by him.

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16: Works Cited Continued Gingerbread Man on a Fox. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Gingerbread Man Waving. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Grandmother and Granddaughter . N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. . Holland Flag. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Jonny-Cake. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . The Pancake Boy. N.d. Lorinda Bryan Cauley. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Runaway Pancake: Folktales of Aarne-Thompson. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. . Russian Flag. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Scandinavian Flag. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Shrek: Production Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. .

17: Works Cited Continued . Grandmother and Granddaughter . N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. . Holland Flag. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Jonny-Cake. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . The Pancake Boy. N.d. Lorinda Bryan Cauley. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Runaway Pancake: Folktales of Aarne-Thompson. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. . Russian Flag. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Scandinavian Flag. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2012. . Shrek: Production Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. .

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