Stick Man, a book by Julia Donaldson, is a great spin-off after you have read the Gingerbread Man. Stick Man goes through many trials before he is eventually reunited with his family on Christmas Eve. Full of cause and effect, lucky and unlucky, beautiful illustrations, rhyme and repetition, this book lends itself to extension lessons with ease. It is not the typical Christmas story...this time Santa gets saved by a man who is made out of a stick! Skills covered include phonetic blends and word families, rhyme, cause and effect, mapping a story across the seasons, comparing and contrasting the main character with the gingerbread man, and retelling activities. Add it to your gingerbread man/holiday stories file and use it year after year!