The legend of the gingerbread man exists in many forms, but it always consists of an animate, humanoid gingerbread cookie who is forced to flee from creatures who wish to eat him. The gingerbread man encounters many creatures but is ultimately tricked and eaten by a cunning fox.Know More
In the beginning of the story, the gingerbread man is created when a little, old woman decides to bake a gingerbread snack. When she looks into the oven to check the progress of her creation, the gingerbread man jumps out of the oven. The woman desires to eat him, so the gingerbread man runs away from her. He encounters an old man, a dog, a pig and a group of cows who also express their desire to eat him. The gingerbread man continues to flee until meeting a fox.
The gingerbread man was ready to run away from the fox, but the fox expressed no apparent desire to eat him. Instead, the fox offered to help ferry the gingerbread man across a river. The gingerbread man agreed and climbed on the back of the fox. As the river began to get deeper, the fox urged the gingerbread man to come closer and closer to his mouth in order to stay dry. When the gingerbread man got to the nose of the fox, the fox quickly devoured him.Learn more about Folklore
People who eat chalk do so either for cultural reasons or because they have pica, which is a kind of eating disorder where people eat something other than food on a regular basis and in large quantities. Other items that people with pica will eat include balloons, metal, ashes, crayons, insects, grass, soap, sand, plastic, paint chips and baby powder.Full Answer >
"The Gingerbread Man" explores possession and what really makes something someone's possession. Throughout the story, people keep acting like they are the owners of the gingerbread man.Full Answer >
Although the tale was not an original work, in May of 1875, “The Gingerbread Boy” was printed for the first time in St. Nicholas Magazine. Before this print copy, “The Gingerbread Boy” was a traditional tale that was spread verbally from one to another.Full Answer >
Mother Goose was not a real person, so there cannot accurately be said to be a "real" Mother Goose; most of the stories that are attributed to Mother Goose are folktales with indeterminate specific origins. Even so, there are a few different origin stories that point to a supposed "real" Mother Goose, including one that says an eighth century French queen was the real deal, but there is no real evidence to support the idea that these stories are true. In fact, the concept of a Mother Goose figure likely didn't emerge until closer to the 17th century, and the first person to publish a volume of the folktales and fairy stories commonly attributed to Mother Goose was actually a human man, not a mother or a goose.Full Answer >