When he was done, the baker sighed with satisfaction. “This is good,” he said. The little gingerbread man stirred, lifted his head from the plate on which he was lying, and stood up, looking up at the baker with wonder in his eyes. The baker smiled. “Welcome,” he said. The gingerbread man smiled back and bowed to him with gratitude.
But when the baker turned his back on his small creation, the gingerbread’s sharp eyes caught sight of the wide world beyond the window. And off he went, quick as lightning, from the table to the countertop, and from the countertop through the open window into what was beyond.
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