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Each Peach Pear Plum (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – October 7, 1986

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"Each Peach Pear Plum. I spy Tom Thumb!" In this engaging, interactive book for the very young, familiar nursery-rhyme characters such as Mother Hubbard and Baby Bunting sneak their way into the gentle drawings. Even young children who might not know all the fairy-tale stars can find them lurking in the cupboard, on the stairs, or deep in the woods. In the happy finale, the whole cast meets up for plum pie in the sun, where the little one on your lap will gleefully find everyone. An American Library Association Notable Book. (Baby to preschooler) --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

About the Author

Allan Ahlberg's many award-winning and best-selling children's stories include Peek-a-Boo!, Each Peach, Pear, Plum, The Jolly Postman, The Giant Baby, and The Better Brown Stories. Since Janet's sadly premature death in 1994, Allan has continued to work, recently producing his beautiful tribute to her, Janet's Last Book, and continues to create wonderful books for children of all ages. He lives in England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 7, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014050639X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140506396
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: School & Library Binding
I was introduced to this book during my language arts class for elementary education majors. Our wonderful professor read this book to us as a read aloud experience. All of us being adults was abosolutely fasinated by this book. We were all trying to find the charatcers on each page and each one of us fell in love with this book. This book is so much fun but it also gives young children the chance to learn how to read by hearing the rhyming words used throughout the book. I have read this book to several children and I cannot express to you enough how much each one of them love this book. Please purchase this book!!!!!!!!! I insure you it will be a treasure for your child and you as well.
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Format: Paperback
This is a book that I was first introduced to during an English lesson during my PGCE course. After just one reading I have had to go out and buy my very own copy.
I was in awe of the magical combination of rhyme and illustration.
The rhyming text is based aroung a game of 'I spy'. There is a lot of rhyme and repition which is very appealing to young children.
The book is cleverly crafted to incorporate many well known fairytale and nursery rhyme characters and your job as the reader is to spot them!
The Rhymed verses give youngsters clues about who they can look for in each beautiful picture.
The book is a wonderful way to introduce children to the world of rhyme and with a second reading the children will be joining in with you.
As a basis for classroom work it could be used in many different ways. The children could be encouraged to create their own 'I spy' stories with hidden characters to fool the reader.
'Each Peach Pear Plum' is an excellent example of the joys of picture books, it is simple and fun yet intricate and detailed.
I challenge you to be unswayed by its charms.
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A Kid's Review on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to children of all ages although mostly for younger kids. It is the sort of book that little ones can often recite along to and it is well written. I myself loved it as a child and still recite it whenever i feel the need.
I would recommend it if you are considering buying this book. Do not read on if you do not wish to 'sample' the book.
Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard,
Mother Hubbard on the stairs, I spy the three bears,
Three Bears out hunting I spy Baby Bunting,
Baby Bunting fast asleep, I spy Bo Peep,
Bo Peep up the Hill, I spy Jack and Jill,
Jack and Jill in the ditch, spy the wicked with,
Wicked witch over the wood, I spy Robin Hood,
Robin Hood in his den, I spy the Bears again.
Three Bears still hunting, they spy Baby Bunting,
Baby Bunting safe and dry, I spy Plum Pie,
Plum Pie in the Sun, I spy everyone
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Format: School & Library Binding
I am in college right now, and my mother called me up a few days ago to ask me if I could order "Each Peach Pear Plum" for her "adopted grandson." I immediately went back to my childhood, reminiscing about how this was always my very favourite of all books. I mean, I GREW UP with this thing. Whenever my mom and I would go to the library when I was little, I would ALWAYS HAVE to check this book out, so finally in 1985, when I was 5 years old, she gave me my own copy, and I've cherished it ever since. I learned to memorise every line, and to this day, I can repeat the entire story from start to finish without even thinking twice!
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Format: Board book
This is a good book of a few rhyming couplets featuring fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters, perfect length to catch the attention of a young child - and enough detail in the pictures to keep the attention of an older one!

For those people who are concerned about this sort of thing, there are some references to "the Wicked Witch" (she's not shown being any more wicked than anybody else, and she eats pie with her neighbors at the end. Wicked is just her name, I guess) in the book, and there are also a few images of the three bears being very careless with guns while hunting. I don't find that this hampers our enjoyment of this book, but if these are sensitive topics for your family, you may want to check the book out of the library before committing to a purchase.
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This book is an utter delight. I had never heard of it before Amazon recommended it, but my kids are obsessed. My seven-year-old son has memorized it and sings it to the little kids, who often ask to have it read to them.

I really like the way there is something for the kids to find/do with each page, but just one thing. We keep moving, but they are engaged.

I also felt like all of the drawings were charming and memorable. This will be a new go-to gift for new parents.
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I had forgotten how fun this book is! The rhyming is wonderful, but the illustrations are what make it so wonderful. It is truly a seek and find kind of book, where you find new little details nearly every time it is read. For this reason, it is one of those books that will grow with the child for many years to come.
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All of my children loved this book. We had to original copy after several years of wear. I now give this book as a gift to friends with young children. It is very sweet with beautiful illustrations. Any child would be lucky to have this as part of their childhood library. Highly recommended.
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