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The Gingerbread Man - he's not listening

He's quite naughty.

He's not listening


to the old

woman who

made him


Stop running

He doesn't want

to be eaten


The old woman

and her husband

want to eat

him


They're in a

cottage in the

woods - in the kitchen



He wants to

escape

He feels nervous

and frightened



He's freshly

baked.

He smells

nice!


The old woman

is old - she has

grey hair

and wrinkles


She's hungry

but she's also

cross.


She just made

one gingerbread

man.


Her husband

wanted some

gingerbread

men.


She only had

enough to

make one

and because


she's kind

she was going

to share it.


I'm looking

in thinking

"I want some"


I think I might

try and grab

him for myself



I'd break his

head off

then his arms

then his legs



Then I "might"

give the old

woman one leg

and her husband


one leg.

I'd feel happy


because it

was something

I've got that

I want


"good things

come to those

who wait"


I've had to

wait for quite

a few things


It was

definitely

worth the wait


The old lady

did bake it

so she probably


isn't too happy

with me

but something


is better

than nothing


I'd take it

with me.

I'd save the


best bit

till last - the

head.


I'd wait till

nobody was

around


so I don't

have to share


I have to share

I have quite

a few children


They always

want what

I have.


It feels really

good to have

something of

my own.


but I feel

quite

guilty


I always want

to please.


Maybe I

should be

sharing - even

though I deserve


it.


Maybe tea.

In my own

kitchen.


Early in the

morning - no-one

around


I can smell

the gingerbread

man


I can hear

nothing.

It's silent.


If I could have

something of

my own...


It would

be a crown.

A sparkly blue

crown.


It makes

me feel special.

That I'm the

only one


except the

queen -

who has a

crown


It makes

me feel

important


I crowned

myself

I made it

myself


The best thing

about it is

that it

sparkles



It makes

me feel

strong


It makes

me realise

my own

strength


I hide it

when others

are around.

I hide it in


the kitchen

cupboard.



This book was written by someone who described themselves as "naughty but nice".


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