Storybooks greet Hinsdale shoppers
This storybook, sponsored by Prudential Rubloff Real Estate, features an illustration of two gingerbread men closing a real estate sale, by Hinsdale Middle School student Thomas Nelson, and a poem by eighth-graders Selin Turkyilmaz and Sophia Valeo. | Kim Fornek—Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 4, 2013 1:15AM
HINSDALE — With glitter and spray adhesive, Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce workers applied the finishing touches to 35 storybooks that went on display in downtown Hinsdale Friday.
The books are about 2 feet wide and 18 inches high and opened to a single page that tells a tale of Cookie the Gingerbread Man.
The tales were written as poems by eighth-graders from Hinsdale Middle School. Other students illustrated the books, which were sponsored by businesses and organizations that display the books on their premises.
Students saw the list of participating sponsors and volunteered to write a poem involving Cookie and a particular business, said Theresa Wilkie, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Hinsdale Middle School.
“We chose a standard format,” so the length of the poems would be uniform, Wilkie said. “We decided to write four stanzas of six lines each, in rhyming couplets.”
Her classes also read the traditional story of the Gingerbread Man, which tells how a freshly baked gingerbread man escapes from the kitchen and everyone he encounters.
“In the story, he is very mischievous,” Wilkie said. She and the students decided their poems should not have the gingerbread man entering Hinsdale stores and then running out with people chasing him.
The background to their stories is Cookie comes from the North Pole to visit Hinsdale.
“Many middle schoolers like romance, so the students gave Cookie a girlfriend,” Wilkie said.
The girlfriend’s name tends to change depending on the rhyme scheme. Some students name her Sugar, other times she is Ginger or Spice, such as in Alison Albelda’s poem for Sweet William Inc., a women’s clothing and accessories store on First Street:
When someone told Spice about the cellarwith half-off clothes, she thought it was stellar.
Students Selin Turkyilmaz and Sophia Valeo teamed up for a poem about Cookie and Prudential Rubloff Real Estate.
Cookie had been searching far and wide For a home in which he could abide . . . But where would he find a home so great? At a place called Prudential Real Estate.
For a home in which he could abide . . .
But where would he find a home so great?
At a place called Prudential Real Estate.
A map of where each storybook is located is on the Chamber’s website, www.hinsdalechamber.com.