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The Wee Bannock

Two bannocks were baking one day.

One was eaten by an old man but the other jumped up and ran for the door!

You've probably heard of the Gingerbread Man: 'Run, run, as fast as you can … you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!'

If you thought the Gingerbread Man was fast you should meet the Wee Bannock!

The Wee Bannock appears in Robert Chambers's Popular Rhymes of Scotland, published in 1870. It’s told by an Old Ayrshire Grannie, who begins:

'Some tell about their sweethearts, how they tirled them to the winnock,
But I’ll tell you a bonny tale about a guid aitmeal bunnock.'

Many types of stories have been categorised using the Aarne-Thompson system for classifying folk tales. This one is classified as 'The Fleeing Pancake'.

The story appears in Russia as Kolobok, a big yellow dough ball. In Germany it became Pannkauken - pancake.

L Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, wrote a version of the runaway food named John Dough. The Gingerbread Man appears in the blockbuster Shrek movies.

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