Text and Character Analysis
This children’s literature book is entertaining for kids and adults alike. The story is presented sequentially in the same order that a gingerbread house is made. This makes the story a realistic teaching tool that can be used on many levels across several subject areas as indicated above. Mineer’s understanding of the process of gingerbread making is represented realistically throughout the text.
Some examples are:
Kristin thought, “Her fingers soon smelled as sweet as the candies themselves." During the process of making gingerbread houses your fingers truly smell like candy!
When he [Brandon] got done spreading it around in front of his beach hut, it looked like there had been a hurricane! Making gingerbread houses with kids is fun and messy!
She [Kristin] imagined a crispy cookie for the door on her gingerbread house and a tiny cinnamon candy for a knob. And what for snow in the yard? Flakey coconut! Making a gingerbread house inspires creativity and imagination!
As seen through these examples, Mineer uses imagery, descriptive words and figurative language. These writing techniques are supported by the three dimensional illustrations of the setting and characters. Also, each illustration on the corner of each page is carefully chosen to complement the storyline, which will serve to help young reader’s visual the text.
We can glean a great deal about the characters by their portrayals and depictions in the text and the three dimensional drawings, respectively.
Kristin- detail orientated, ambitious, analytical
She [Kristin] lined up gumdrops across the top of the house — red, green, yellow, purple — all in a straight row. She concentrated so hard, her eyes nearly crossed!
Brandon- creative, problem solver, practical
…He [Brandon] said with a wave of his hand, “I’ll figure it out as I go."
Maggie- younger, playful
…Maggie was more interested in licking the frosting off her fingers.