One day an old lady baked a gingerbread man. She gave him two currant eyes and a cherry for his nose, then popped him in the oven to bake.

Later, she opened the oven to take him out, and found that he had jumped up on his bendy legs. He jumped off the baking tray, and ran out of the house!

She called to her husband and they both ran after him, but he was running so fast that they could not catch him.

He just laughed and shouted, "Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man !"