The Gingerbread Man
In a small village, there lived an old woman and an old man. One day, the woman decided to bake a gingerbread man. She shaped the dough beautifully, gave him eyes made of currants, a mouth made of icing, and clothes made of colored sugar.
After putting him in the oven to bake, she was surprised when the gingerbread man jumped out of the oven as soon as she opened the door. The gingerbread man ran out of their house shouting, “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”
The old woman and the old man gave chase, but they couldn’t catch up to the gingerbread man. Along the way, the gingerbread man passed a pig, a cow, and a horse, all wanting to eat him. But each time, he taunted, “I’ve outrun an old man and an old woman, and I can outrun you too! Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”
Finally, he came to a river and stopped, unsure how to cross it. A cunning fox came along and offered to help him cross the river. Trusting the fox, the gingerbread man hopped onto his tail, then moved on to his back, then his head as the water got deeper.
Just when they were almost across, the fox abruptly flipped him into the air, and gobbled up the gingerbread man. And so, the gingerbread man who had outrun everyone met his fate at the hands of the wily fox.