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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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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!
The Postman delivers letters, folded neatly and stuffed in envelopes between pages. They are written to and/or by well known fairytale characters. Goldilocks writes an apology letter to the three bears. The witch gets an advertisement for "witching tools". And there are four more letters, all written in whimsical ways that will tickle the funny bone of children from 4-10 years old. Next year I will get the Christmas version of this book. Great illustrations and a fun concept