A very lucky class at my school got to witness this first hand this year. The fortunate third graders in Mrs. Wake's third grade class formed a relationship with Laura Murray, author of the "The Gingerbread Man Loose..." series. Hopefully you read her wonderful Nerdy Book Club post about the inspiration for her series. After a Skype session and some tweets, the students in Mrs. Wake's class were the lucky recipients of an F&G of Laura's new book, The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo, publishing August 23rd. I'll let Mrs. Wake tell you a little bit more:
You know it’s going to be a great day when you receive a folded and gathered (F&G) copy of the newest book by Laura Murray! We met Ms. Murray through Skype back in February for World Read Aloud Day. My third graders loved reading other Gingerbread Man adventures as they followed that pesky little cookie through a school, a firehouse, through the holidays, and now…the zoo!
When we Skyped with Ms. Murray, we learned that she used to be a teacher and got her ideas from her experiences in the classroom. That was a game changer for my third graders as they witnessed a real example of how an everyday experience at school could be transformed into an interactive, whimsical narrative filled with rhyme, figurative language and humor! Ms. Murray has provided not only entertainment, but also a great mentor text for older elementary children!
Come August of 2016, teachers can add this gem to their classroom libraries! I’d love to take my students to the zoo on a field trip and model some sort of scavenger hunt after this adventure! The possibilities are endless!
Want to hear more about The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo? Well, let's go to our third grade reviewers:
If you like animals that live in the zoo, then I believe this book is meant for you. The Gingerbread Man is still huffing looking for his class. Let’s just hope the giraffes won’t eat him and let him pass. Will the Gingerbread Man survive? Or, will that be his last life? There you go! Read The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo! (And don’t worry, he doesn’t have extra dough!)
If you’ve ever read any of The Gingerbread Man books by Laura Murray, you know there is another adventure coming your way. It will be ginger-tastic and ginger-fun!
What do you call a smart cookie that is lost? Gingerbread Man is Loose in the Zoo! I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. If I love it, you will love it, too!
5 out of 5 stars
This book is such a cookie-crumbling book of laughter! It’s perfect for teaching couplet poems!
This Gingery surprise is moooo-ving through the zoo. But, is he really a smart cookie? Find out in The Gingerbread Man, Loose in the Zoo!
-Larkin & Emily V
The Gingerbread Man is cookie-tastic by going on adventures and solving mysteries!
Who is a funny little one? The Gingerbread Man Gets Loose in the Zoo!
Thank you to Mrs. Wake and her third graders for telling us more about the newest escapade of the Gingerbread Man. Find Mrs. Wake and her class at @MrsWake3rdGrade Be sure to look for Laura Murray's newest book on August 23rd!
The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo
written by Laura Murray
illustrated by Mike Lowery
published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
August 23, 2016