Once upon a time a there was a little old woman and a little old man. They lived in a cottage. One day the little old woman made a gingerbread man. She used currants for eyes and cherries for buttons, and put him in the oven to bake. The little old woman and little old man were very hungry and wanted to eat the gingerbread man. As soon as he was baked, the little old woman opened the oven door. The gingerbread man jumped out of the tin and ran out of the open window shouting, ‘Don’t eat me!’ The little old woman and little old man ran after the gingerbread man. ‘Stop! Stop!’ they yelled. The gingerbread man didn’t look back. He kept running saying, ‘Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!
Down the lane he came to a pig. ‘Stop! Stop! I would like to eat you,” said the pig. The gingerbread man started to run faster saying: “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man. As he kept running he met a cow. ‘Stop! Stop! little man,’ shouted the hungry cow, ‘I want to eat you.’ Again the gingerbread man was too fast. He came down the road saying, “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.” The cow began to chase the gingerbread man along with the pig, and the little old woman. But the gingerbread man was too fast for them. It was not long before the gingerbread man came to a horse. ‘Stop! Stop!’ shouted the horse. ‘I want to eat you, little man.’ But the gingerbread man speeded on. He shouted ‘Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.
A sly fox came out from behind a tree. ‘I can help you cross the river,’ said the fox. ‘Jump on my tail and I will swim across the river with you.’ ‘You won’t eat me, will you?’ said the gingerbread man. ‘Of course not,’ said the fox. ‘I just want to help you. ‘The gingerbread man climbed on the fox’s tail. But soon the gingerbread man began to get wet. ‘Climb onto my back,’ said the fox. So the gingerbread man climbed onto the fox’s back. As he swam the fox said, ‘You are too heavy and I got tired. Jump onto my nose.’ So the gingerbread man jumped onto the fox’s nose because he didn’t want to get wet. As soon as they reached the other side, than the fox tossed the gingerbread man up in the air, opened his mouth and ‘Snap!’ that was the end of the gingerbread man.