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  • Plot Analysis

Who is involved in the situation? What/Who are the opposing forces? How does the climatic event change? What influences the change in plot? ? How does the story change based on the cultural elements? What cultural elements are important to the story?

I found most of my items by searching through the public library and my school library online card catalog and motif indexes, as well as searching the database of the online stores of Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I had several versions in my personal collection and inquired of librarian peers for suggestions. Originally, I planned to include audio versions. However, the wide-range of print versions made me decide to limit my research to print versions only.

Bibliographic Citations

United States Aylesworth, Jim. The Gingerbread Man. Scholastic Press, New York, ©1998.

An elderly couple bakes the Gingerbread Man, wearing a blue jacket and cap, from scratch—shown step-by-step. He escapes from the wood-burning stove and the chase is on! He runs from a butcher, a cow, a pig—all dressed in human clothes. A sly fox, who carries a book, feigns hearing problems to trick him into getting close enough to be gobbled up. This version is comparable to the traditional tale-- although it is depicted in an “old-fashioned” setting and the animals display human traits. The chant is different and the rhyme builds cumulatively throughout the tale. Includes a recipe.

United States Egielski, Richard. The Gingerbread Boy. HarperCollins, New York: ©1997.

A big-city retelling of the original version--set in New York City! The Gingerbread Boy escapes from the Manhattan apartment of a childless couple. He is chased by his family, a rat, construction workers, musicians, and a police officer past familiar city scenes--down a fire escape, past garbage cans, across wash lines, into the subway, and through a park. Finally, the Gingerbread Boy meets up with a sly fox that promises to take the boy across the lake to freedom. The outcome is the same as the original tale. Includes recipe.

Southwestern (Texas) Kimmel, Erik A. The Runaway Tortilla. Winslow Press, Delray Beach, Florida: ©2000.

Tía Lupe and Tío José own a taqueria in Texas that boasts the lightest tortillas. The story is set in a small pueblo village and west Texas desert. The tortilla rolls away escapes and sings a tune that literally “rolls” around the page as she is chased a hungry mob of characters--the couple, two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos. She meets her doom when she encounters



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