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The Jolly Postman Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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This British import is great fun, sure to entertain children and parents alike. The Jolly Postman goes from home to home in a fairy-tale kingdom, delivering letters to such familiar addresses as "Mr. and Mrs. Bear, Three Bears Cottage, The Woods." Every other page is an actual envelope, with a letter tucked inside. The letter to the three bears, for instance, is from Goldilocks, who apologizes for the trouble she's caused and invites Baby Bear to her birthday party. Some authors would stop with this cute concept, but the Ahlbergs have given this book their all. The story of the postman's travels is told in charming verse; the pictures are delightful, full of clever detail; and the results are frequently hilarious. (The wicked witch of "Hansel and Gretel" fame, for instance, receives a circular from Hobgoblin Supplies Ltd. which advertises such appealing products as Little Boy Pie Mix.) A real treat at a good price.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Husband and wife team Allan and Janet Ahlberg created many popular picture books for young readers, including the Jolly Postman series and Each Peach Pear Plum, which was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in the UK.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: LB Kids; 1986 edition edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316126446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316126441
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Bennett on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In this book, the Jolly Postman is delivering the mail to the residents of a quaint fairy tale village, and you get to read all the letters -- even the junk mail! Every other page is an envelope with some type of correspondence tucked inside. The Three Bears get a handwritten apology from Goldilocks, complete with misspellings and invitation to a birthday party. The occupant of Gingerbread Bungalow in The Woods, who happens to be the Wicked Witch, gets an advertising circular from Hobgoblin Supplies Ltd. A certain snout-nosed grandma gets a demand letter addressed to Mr. B.B. Wolf from Miss Riding-Hood's attorney, who also states, "On a separate matter, we must inform you that The Three Little Pigs Ltd. are now firmly resolved to sue for damages. . .all this huffing and puffing will get you nowhere." Some of the funniest moments in this book come from the illustrations of the Jolly Postman stopping for tea with each mail delivery. At the Wicked Witch's cottage, he peruses the newspaper, the Mirror Mirror, while the witch reads her mail and her black cat does the dishes. At Cinderella's castle, he enjoys a glass of champagne poured by Prince Charming, who is still in his honeymoon Hawaiian print shirt and white slacks. This book is perfect for sharing one on one with a child, but if there aren't any children available, it's also amusing for solitary adults.
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The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters is an incredible book for young children. I am a student teacher who is currently studying this book for a group project and the children we have used this book with have been absolutely delighted. I found the book to be thoroughly enjoyable and quite amusing. The possibilities for use in a classroom environment are endless and we found that children are so enthusiastic about writing letters after reading this book. Children I feel love it so much because they can delve in to the lives of others by reading their mail which is normally considered such a private thing. It also includes rhyme and a variety of different writing formats that will help children to develop as readers.
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This is a wonderful story of a postman's route to deliver the mail to well known fairy tale characters. This book is unique because its pages form actual envelopes with letters in them. They are addressed on the front of the page. Some of the characters receiving the letters include: The Three Bears, THe Wicked Witch, The Giant, Cinderella, The Big Bad Wolf, and Golilocks. This story could be used in the the classroom during a lesson on letter writing and addressing envelopes. The story would interest the students and motivate them to write their own letters. Also, the book could be read during a unit on community helpers when discussing the jobs of a postman.
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Loved this book as a child and wanted to find it for my children own. My kids love pulling out the pieces of mail and reading them. First pic is Cinderella's mail and the second pic is the witches junk mail
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This is one of my favorite kids books of all time. I picked up this copy of The Jolly Postman as a holiday gift for my little cousins (Kindergarden and 3rd grade). Kindergardner didn't have the attention span to enjoy it just yet, but the 3rd grader loved it.

Since I got a copy almost 30 years ago, they have made some cost cutting measures and use cheaper envelopes and letters, but it is still tons of fun to read with an imaginative young child.

The book chronicles the day of a postman delivering letters to a host of popular children's story characters including the Big Bad Wolf, 3 Bears, and a Wicked Witch. At each stop, you can physically take the letter out of the book and read it. It is a totally unique and fun reading experience. Not to miss if you have an age appropriate kiddo at home!
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This book is one of my 4 year old's favorites. It is picked out time and again and always gets laughs and interaction. The book is filled with little items like a letter to Cinderella and one from Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk) to the Giant, all of which tuck into their own little envelopes.
This book is a must add to any tot's library. It's also of a size that travels well.
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I received the original editions when I was around 8 or 9 years old. Was glad to find this still in print. Great storyline, with funny script- kept the kids laughing! The kids think it is the most adorable book. One notable difference- this book is about 3 or 4 inches larger in diameter than the original. The letters are much bigger and so are the envelopes, but this is good for kids, and easier to read when sitting on the couch or floor with the kids.
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I wish I could give this 10 stars. This was one of my favorite books as a kid and it has quickly become a favorite of my children. They were so surprised to see REAL letters in the envelopes! If you had this book in the '80s/'90s...the new version is slightly larger than the original.
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