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The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters Hardcover – 30 September 1999
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Once upon a bicycle, so they say
The Jolly Postman came one day . . .
Join the Jolly Postman on his rounds as he delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor's letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and more! This classic and innovate story includes six envelopes with pull-out letters and cards
About the Author
Janet Ahlberg, along with Allan Ahlberg, created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994.
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0670886246
- ISBN-13 : 978-0670886241
- Reading age : 3 - 5 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 12,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story follows the tale of a postman who delivers letters to recognisable and popular characters from fairyland such as Cinderella , the 3 bears, the wolf that ate little red riding hoods granny, goldilocks and the wicked witch. Each is really witty and engaging (my daughter is much too young to appreciate the humour but it plays on the classic fairytales) and are bright and colourful, taking the form of a postcard, birthday card, magazine and little illustrated storybook.
The tale of the postmans journey is written in rhyme throughout, and is a little clunky in places, not as naturally free flowing as other rhyming books, and the language is a little old fashioned, so for both those reasons I have to take a star off as I'm not sure it really hits the same mark with audiences that it did all those years ago. It's still a gorgeous book though, and I would definitely recommend it for your childs collection, probably best suited for 4-7 year olds.
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Love how the story does full circle.
Same art work as Each Peach Pear Plum with beautiful illustrations, though the rhyming isn't as stong and a bit clunky in places.
There are six envelopes in total, each with a different surprise piece of post inserted written on different materials. The 'envelope' is open on the top with a large insert the width and length of the actual page. Big enough for little hands to retrieve the post over and over limiting damage. The post inserts are made of dense paper or card so shouldn't rip too easily.
Book measures 20.5x26.5cm (HxW) with a hard back cover. The book came wrapped in cellophane. Bought for 2.5 year old though this would be a fun book for an older child learning to read.
Also makes references to The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Hey Diddle Diddle, Simple Simon Met a Pieman, Three Blind Mice, Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers, Jack and Jill, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mother Goose, Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Old King Cole and Hickory Dickory Dock, Little Jack Horner and Sing a Song of Sixpence.
A great rhyming story featuring fun envelopes containing letters, postcards and catalogues, etc - my youngest son and daughter were especially excited about the £1 note in the birthday card, though were disappointed to find out it wasn't real.