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The Gingerbread Boy

from Boys And Girls Bookshelf - STORIES for LITTLE BOYS





Now you shall hear a story that somebody's great, great-grandmother told
a little girl ever so many years ago:

There was once a little old man and a little old woman, who lived in a
little old house in the edge of a wood. They would have been a very
happy old couple but for one thing--they had no little child, and they
wished for one very much. One day, when the little old woman was baking
gingerbread, she cut a cake in the shape of a little boy, and put it
into the oven.

Presently, she went to the oven to see if it was baked. As soon as the
oven door was opened, the little gingerbread boy jumped out, and began
to run away as fast as he could go.

The little old woman called her husband, and they both ran after him.
But they could not catch him. And soon the gingerbread boy came to a
barn full of threshers. He called out to them as he went by, saying:

"I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
And I can run away from you, I can!"

Then the barn full of threshers set out to run after him. But though
they ran fast, they could not catch him. And he ran on till he came to a
field full of mowers. He called out to them:

"I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
A barn full of threshers,
And I can run away from you, I can!"

Then the mowers began to run after him, but they couldn't catch him. And
he ran on till he came to a cow. He called out to her:

"I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
A barn full of threshers,
A field full of mowers,
And I can run away from you, I can!"

But though the cow started at once, she couldn't catch him. And soon he
came to a pig. He called out to the pig:

"I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
A barn full of threshers,
A field full of mowers,
A cow,
And I can run away from you, I can!"

But the pig ran, and couldn't catch him. And he ran till he came across
a fox, and to him he called out:

"I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
A barn full of threshers,
A field full of mowers,
A cow and a pig,
And I can run away from you, I can!"

Then the fox set out to run. Now, foxes can run very fast, and so the
fox soon caught the gingerbread boy and began to eat him up.

Presently the gingerbread boy said: "O dear! I'm quarter gone!" And
then: "Oh, I'm half gone!" And soon: "I'm three-quarters gone!" And at
last: "I'm all gone!" and never spoke again.

[N] First published in St. Nicholas. Used by permission of the
publishers, The Century Company.




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