The Gingerbread Man Loose on Christmas by Laura Murray Book Review

The Gingerbread Man Loose on Christmas by Laura Murray
Illustrations by Mike Lowery
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 13, 2015

Everyone at school is busy practicing their songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank the community helpers, but the Gingerbread Man wants to make a gift for someone who is extra special. Weather gets in the way though and when you are made of cookie, things like snow aren't so awesome. Determined to thank his special someone, Gingerbread Man trudges on even as he feet begin to crumble.

What I liked about this book was the focus on gratitude. In a world that is so so busy, it is important for children to understand the importance of a simple thank you and the many different ways we can thank someone. More than that, there are so many people in a child's life that they can thank. The illustrations, as in the other Gingerbread Man books, are bright and busy. As an adult I did find the story to be a bit preachy and definitely pandering to the gatekeepers who will be buying this book. Kids won't pick up on this, but it was an element that I couldn't ignore. This would be a good book for teachers and parents to use if they need something to help teach their children an attitude of gratitude.