Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Jolly Postman



I have recently rediscovered a book that I loved when I was teaching, The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The basic premise of the book is that fairy tale characters receive letters from other fairy tale characters. The postman delivers all the letters, stays for tea and then moves on to the next delivery. It's a fun play on the lives of each character where their famous stories left off.

Throughout the book there are pages that look like envelopes and inside the page are letters of all sorts. There is a postcard from Jack to the Giant, a letter to Mr. Wolf from Miss Riding-Hood's lawyers, an advertisement for witch's supplies, a letter with a pre-copy book for Cinderella (from Peter Piper Press), plus a hand-written letter (kid spell and all) from Goldilocks to the three bears. It's a great way to talk about letters and the different types of letters one might send for different purposes. The illustrations are also really sweet and fun to look at.

What I love about the book, aside from how utterly charming it is, is that it appeals to both my children and me. Harris loves the rhyming words and the fact that it is interactive and Grace "gets" the clever jokes and details that are found throughout the book. I just love it.

P.S. We also really like Each Peach Pear Plum by the same authors.


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