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The Jolly Postman Hardcover – Picture Book, September 1, 2001
"Share, Big Bear, Share!" by Maureen Wright
Whimsical illustrations highlight the humor in this gentle story about the importance of sharing something special with friends. | Learn more
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About the Author
- Lexile measure : NP
- Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316126446
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316126441
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Publisher : LB Kids; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love that they are derivative of fairy tales and their characters - stories and people which kids will already be aware of. As a kid I remember it introduced the idea to me of putting these characters in new situations. That they lived lives other than just those we had read in the original stories. In other words, it taught me a way to be creative.
This is 5 star material, but I took off one star because the original version of this book was smaller but the pages were made of a hardier card stock material. The book is now bigger but the pages are made of thin paper which may even be thinner than some other picture books you will find. This seems a horrible choice, since this is a great book meant to be loved for years and maybe even passed down (if your mother will part with it!). I recently found a used older version in a shop and it was in great condition but was missing one of the letters, so thus I bought my new copy here at Amazon.
It's mostly remained the same aside from some updates it mentioned on the first page from 2001. I may not know what they've updated as I don't have my old copy with me but I imagine it's more modern than before. Either way, the premise has remained unchanged.
I do remember the old version had a more whimsical look, the removable letters were different textures and sizes and they pulled out of small mailboxes on the actual page. The new version is a little more generic, now with large envelopes and removable letters are same textures. However, I do not discourage you from buying this! It is still an amazing little book and kids wonder at the letters. They especially loved the birthday card with the "money" in it.
Just be aware if you are buying for nostalgia reasons they format is not exactly the same.
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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.
The children in my class have loved this book and have loved hearing the story over and over again. They are completely fascinated by the different envelopes and letters included. Used the characters from fairytales to create character profiles and talk about settings. So many fun, interactive literacy and numeracy activities have come out of this book!
Pupils found it easy to think of challenges linked to the story.