“ Authors: Janet Ahlberg,Allan Ahlberg / Format: Board book / Date of publication: 27 May 1999 / Genre: Baby Books / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Picture Books / Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd / Title: Each Peach Pear Plum / ISBN 13: 9780670882786 / ISBN 10: 0670882786 „
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Each Peach Pear Plum sounds like it should be some sort of tongue twister but in fact it's a delightful little nursery rhyme book for children. My daughter received this as a present the other week and I think it makes an excellent little gift.
Firstly the book has a lovely design to it which makes it look very special. The front of the book has a lovely oldy worldy design to it with tree vines on it growing pears, peaches and plums and featuring lots of different animals such as sheep, dogs, rabbits and cats. The beautiful illustrations are then carried on throughout the book bringing the nursery rhymes to life.
This is basically a rhyming book with a difference and the back of the book say, "In this book, with your eye, take a look and play 'I spy'." The difference is that there are a multiple of different nursery rhymes in this story all joined together in a very clever way. No one nursery rhyme is written out completely, we merely get snippets of each on. For example the beginning page starts out, Each Pear Pear Plum I spy Tom Thumb. It then carries on by saying Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard and so on and so forth including Cinderella, the three bears and Jack and Jill to name but a few.
The text is found on the left hand page and is written in nice clear bold black letters so it is very clear for young children and words they can learn to say later on. Then on the right hand page there are beautiful pictures that correspond with the text. This book is a board book so it quite robust and will stand up to chewing on heavy reading by your little ones. It is a Puffin Book and was first published in 1978. It is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and costs £5.99.
I remember 'Each Peach Pear Plum' from my days at primary school, it was a favourite with all of the kids. So (like most of the books I have reviewed) when I had my little girl I wanted to pick a copy up for her too.
Each Peach Pear Plum is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, a husband and wife team of childrens authors. They have written many childrens book between them including 'Peepo Baby' and 'The bear nobody wanted'. Their daughter was born in 1980 and was a big influence on their work.
Each Peach Pear Plum is a lovely book to share and interact with your child. The book is a rhyming poem book which I would decribe as an early 'Where's Wally' Style. The book is set out into a double page spread, the poem on one side of the page with a lovely illustration of the other side. The book starts with the title 'Each Peach Pear Plum.... I spy Tom Thumb' then your child must look at the illustration opposite to find Tom Thumb. The book continues in this fashion.
I love this book because the poem rhymes and bounces along nicely. The way the book is set out it fits nicey over both laps, and provides the child with a lot more interaction than an ordinary story book. The book is not too long either and so your childs attention is held. My daughter is still only nine months old but she loves to look at books and even though she cannot 'spy' the characters very well yet, she loves to look at the pictures and I point out the characters to her.
Each Peach Pear Plum is a wonderful children's book which is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It contains many classic nursery rhyme characters and is a fantastic bedtime story.
My copy is a board book, I am unsure whether you can get a paper copy, The board book is handy for us as my daughter is still young and very rough with books.
The books itself has very few words, with very detailed illustrations which are wonderful to sit with your child looking through pointing out any pictures which interest them.
There is no real story to it. It goes;
Each peach pear plum,
I spy Tom Thumb,
Tom Thumb in the cupboard,
I spy Mother Hubbard,
Mother Hubbard down the cellar,
I spy Cinderella,
And so on. While the Rhyme is catchy and I know it word for word, it is the pictures which are the real star of the book. The pages are so detailed with different items to sit and spot, such as different animals, household items, food..It is just wonderful and you can sit there for hours with your child just looking.
As there are few words though, it is handy for a child who is just learning to read, and isn't too demanding.
It is very short so perfect for a young child. You can get Each Peach Pear Plum from most book stores. I got mine from Amazon.
Overall this is a wonderful book and a must have for any child's book shelf, a classic you can read time and time again.
Thank you for reading my review!
I stumbled across the book "Each Peach Pear Plum" totally by accident one day whilst shopping. I am a huge fan of books for children and so I picked up a copy for my son. The copy we have is a board book type and cost £4.99. You can purchase it online at Amazon for a similar sort of price.
The book that I have was published by Puffin books and was first publishes in 1978! That is 32 years old! I just find that totally amazing to be honest. This book can be definitely classed as a classic as I think it will continue to be popular for many more years. The book is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
On the front cover you will notice that it looks very busy. There is a blue oval shape in the middle with the title and the author's names and then surrounding that are vines, leaves, little animals, fruit and things. On the back cover it has the same but inside this oval it says "In this book, with your little eye, take a look, and play 'I spy'" This is basically the concept of this book. Within each page you need to look for the characters which are hidden in the illustrations.
The book is written in a rhyming style so we begin "Each peach pear plum, I spy Tom Thumb" and you need to look in the picture on the opposite page and try and spot where Tom Thumb is hiding. The illustrations really are lovely and it is nice to sit and look at them and try and work out where the characters are. When you have found the character you can turn the page and that one will begin about the character you have just found.
I think the simple style to the writing along with the wonderful illustrations is the reason why this book is such a classic. On each page I would say there are a maximum of ten words. Children of a young age at school will no doubt be able to read it themselves and it is also a great book to share with younger children. My son loved this from being around two and a half.
Of course when you have found all the characters you then know where they are for the next time you read the story. I don't think this really detracts from the enjoyment of the book though in any way. The illustrations are so well done that there are many other things to look for in them such as a little dog eating its dinner or something.
There is also a friendship feel to the book as all the characters get together at the end to share a plum pie. It's a nice thing to have in a story and can help you to talk about sharing and friendship with your child.
All in all this is another book that I thoroughly recommend, and if you don't own it go and buy it now!
Each Peach Pear Plum was first published in 1978 and still remains as much a favourite for children today as it did then. I remember this book from when I started school and now I'm reading it to my nieces and nephews. Its written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and is take on the game I spy.
The book is written in rhyme and starts with the line
Each peach pear plum I spy Tom Thumb. It then flows on in a nice sing song manner to "Tom Thumb in the cupboard I spy mother hubbard". The book goes on to "play" I spy with several other nursery rhyme characters including, Cinderella,Baby Bunting, Jack and Jill, Robin Hood and the three bears. All the pictures are jam packed full of detail and on each page there is a nursery rhyme character hidden in the picture. These are quite difficult for little ones to find straight away, they are not obvious.
The illustrations seem old fashioned compared to today's brightly coloured drawings in children's books. They almost look as if they have been painted, however despite their lack of vivid colour they are quite beautiful and the children seem to love them. The detail in them means you can play I spy with lots of other things not just the nursery rhyme characters that are in the rhyme. This makes the book nice for the slightly older children
There's not much txt in this book but what there is is quite large.
Each Peach Pear Plum can be found on Amazon for about £4.00 and its certainly worth every penny.
I hope it remains popular for another 32 years.
We were bought this book as a gift when my daughter was born 4 and a half years ago and it has been in almost constant use ever since.
Each Peach Pear Plum was first published in 1978, but it is a classic and hasn't aged at all.
The text is rhyming and the story is like a game of I-Spy. It begins.. "Each Peach Pear Plum I spy Tom Thumb" and on every page there is another familar character to spy, like Cinderella, Baby Bunting, Robin Hood, the Three Bears, the Wicked Witch, Jack & Jill and Bo Peep. Children love trying to find the characters cleverly hidden in the drawings on each page.
The illustrations are lovely pastel drawings, which sets them apart from a lot of the bright computer generated images you get these days.
I have now read this book so many times I can recite it off by heart, but as a parent I still enjoy reading it.
Age-wise I'd say it's suitable from around the age of 18 months up to 5 years plus - my eldest is 4 and a half and this is still one of her favourite books.
The full price of this book is £4.99, which is very reasonable. If you can get it cheaper it's a bargain as you will be reading this to your children for years. It would also make a great newborn gift as this is sure to become a family favourite.
A great book and I would thoroughly recommend it.
We received this book free from our local liabrary. My children have a lot of books, and initially this was put on thebook shelf and forgotten about.Then one night my 3 year old chise this for her bedtime story. We were in for a treat!
It is a wonderfully illustrated book,with detailed pictures full of interesting characters and plenty of subtly colourful detail. The text is a wonderfull flowing rhyme that becomes easy for young children to memorise. Each page the text builds on the previous page. The story is subtle and builds gently through the book creating awonderful sense ofsuspense leading to a great ending.The way the text invites you to "spy" certain characters in the pictures cleverly engages young children and provides a great starting point for discussions about the story. There is an unusual collection well known favourite characters hiding in the pages including cinderella,3 bears,baby bunting and tom thumb! The pictures are cleverly created to provide just the right level of difficulty in finding the hiding characters and the text provides subtle clues,again of just the right level of difficulty!
This book may be an old classic, but it just goes to show that sometimes the old ones are the best!!
This book is a firm favourite for both me and my 18 month old son. It's beautifully illustrated with a lovely rhyming tale.
Each Peach Pear Plum was first published in 1978, and it feels very much like a traditional children's book. I personally love this about it (maybe because it reminds me of my childhood books), but if you are looking for something bang up to date, this may not be the book for you.
The first page starts out "Each Peach Pear Plum I spy Tom Thumb". On the opposite page there is a picture of Tom Thumb hiding up a peach tree in an orchard. On each page we are introduced to other familiar characters, who are hiding somewhere in the picture. By the end of the book we have come across Mother Hubbard, Cinderella, the Three Bears, Baby Bunting, Bo-Peep, Jack and Jill, the Wicked Witch and Robin Hood. We stop on each page until my son has found the character. Where they come from a nursery rhyme, I sing them for him (this bit is optional!).
Each of the illustrations are really detailed. This means that as well as playing "I spy", there are plenty of dogs, rabbits, horses, cats, ducks etc to point out.
My little boy frequently brings me this book to read. As with all children's books, you will soon know this one by heart. However, I still quite enjoy reading the rhyme, and we always seem to find something new to look at every time we read it.
I bought the board version, because my son is still very rough with books. Thankfully it is standing up quite well to being thrown around, chewed and coated in jam. The board version of the book retails at £5.99, but you can currently find it on Amazon for £2.99.
This is a lovely book for small children. We thoroughly recommend it.
It's no wonder that this children's book won the Kate Greenaway medal, for outstanding illustrations. I absolutely love it!!
It's an 'I spy' rhyming story (aimed at young children) it includes characters from a selection of well known nursery rhyme and children's stories. This allows children to be able to relate to the book easier, as they can identify with those they know. My mum bought this book for me and my brother, and I bought it for my little boys. The rhyme gives children a clue as to who is hiding in the page. For example:
Tom Thumb in the cupboard I spy... Mother Hubbard.
Cinderella on the stairs I spy.... The Three Bears.
You may have heard of some of the other books written by Janet & Allan Ahlberg such as:
That fab skeleton family - The Funny Bones. The Baby Catalogue and, Peepo! to name a few.
If any of my friends asked for suggestions on books for their child/ren I would recommend this one.
This is an absolute classic of a book. Written & Illustrated by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, this is a game of I spy built around popular nursery rhyme, fairy tale & folk lore characters including Mother Hubbard, The Three Bears and Baby Bunting. Each page has a two line rhyme and the opposite page has one of the characters hidden in the illustration for you to find.
The rhyming is wonderful and flows easily. My daughter is nearly three and can recite the whole book by heart, due to the simple repetitive nature of the rhymes and the attractive nature of the illustrations. (And the fact that we have read it again and again and again.) Each page leads easily on to the next in both text and pictures and culminates in a wonderful climax. My daughter builds up the suspense every time and delights at the last page each time as much as she did the first time we read it.
It is a treasure of a book that any child from about 2 1/2 up will love. The illustrations leave lots of scope for imaginative chat beyond the story. We have the hard back, hard page, version which is very durable, which is good seeing as it is read almost daily. Very highly recommended.
Each Peach Pear Plum is a childrens book which was written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Janet Ahlberg. Allan and Janet were husband and wife and had a number of successful childrens books published together, including Peepo! and Funny Bones.
Each Peach Pear Plum was first published in 1978 and is a classic childrens book which many young adults will remember from their childhood. It's one of those books that has really lasted the test of time and appeals as much to children now as it did over 30 years ago.
There are 2 versions of this book - a board version or paperback version. We have the board version which is how it was originally published. According to a review I read on Amazon a while back, the paperback version is very disappointing as the pages are too thin and flimsy (obviously I cannot confirm or deny this). The board version is very good as the pages are very thick and durable, they can't be torn and the whole book can be wiped clean. It's also very easy for little fingers to turn the pages. The book has 32 pages which is quite a lot for a childrens book and is quite thick. It is rectangle shaped (19.6 x 14.4cm) and a good size to take out and about - in the car and such.
The front cover looks quite old fashioned and traditional. It has the name of the book in the middle with vines, fruits, flowers, animals, a basket, a bucket, a stool, a well, a bag, a jug, a broomstick, a cottage, a bowl and spoon, a dummy and a horn around the edges. The back cover is the same except it has a small description of the book in the middle which simply says 'In this book, with your little eye, take a look and play 'I Spy''.
Inside the book there is a piece of writing on each page and on the opposite page is a picture. There isn't much writing, just a small sentence so it's good for children that have just started reading. I sit down and read it with my daughter as she is not yet able to read on her own but loves books. The words on each page rhyme which is fun to read and really makes the book flow nicely.
Each Peach Pear Plum is not only a good read but a game of 'I Spy' too. The story and aim of the book is to find well known nursery rhyme characters hidden in the pictures. It keeps my little one really engaged and interested and is a lot more fun than many other children books which seem to have too many words and not enough interaction. She really enjoys looking for the characters and feels really proud when she finds them! The pictures are nice but slightly dated, however I think this just adds charm to the book.
Nursery rhyme characters include Tom Thumb, Mother Hubbard, Cinderella, Three Bears, Baby Bunting, Bo-Peep, Jack and Jill, Wicked Witch and Robin Hood. I fear that nursery rhymes and traditional childrens stories will die out before long but this book allows children to be introduced and re-introduced to these characters and with any luck keep them going for years to come.
This book is available from Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones, WHSmith and Borders to name a few. It's RRP is £5.99. The cheapest I have seen the book is at Red House for £2.99 - bargain.
Overall this book has stood and will continue to stand the test of time and is an essential for every childs book collection.
Each Peach Pear Plum came home in my daughters bookbag this Easter holiday so we're getting to read it every night. To be honest on initial sight of this book I wasnt wowed. It looked dated and I wasnt sure that I was going to enjoy reading it.On closer inspection it perhaps gives this first impression as it was actually first published in 1978!
Each Peach Pear Plum is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.Allan was born in Croydon in 1938 and grew up near Birmingham. From the age of twelve, his dream was to be a writer but before turning to this he tried his hand at a variety of jobs including postman, grave digger, plumber's mate and teacher.
Janet Hall was born in 1944 and spent her childhood years in Leicester. She went to Sunderland to train to be a teacher. Allan Ahlberg had enrolled on the same course. In 1969 they married.
Instead of teaching Janet actually went into graphic design. While Allan worked full time as a teacher, Janet's first work was published. She then convinced her husband to write a text for her to illustrate. Initially their submissions to publishers were met with rejection slips until Penguin took 'The Old Joke Book'. From hereon in there would be no looking back. In 1978 Janet's artwork for Each Peach Pear Plum won her the Kate Greenaway Medal.
By the 80s, the Ahlbergs were big news in Britain but also all over the world. Their books were translated into 21 languages.
Each Peach Pear Plum actually really suprised me. Its a story , a rhyme and an I spy game all rolled into one. There are at least 9 different well known childrens characters all rolled into this one delightful story, each page introducing a new one whilst the picture on the opposite page have that new character hidden within the picture somewhere for your little one to spot.
For example the first page is 'Each Peach Pear Plum I spy Tom Thumb'
In the picture on the opposite page you can spot Tom Thumb hiding in the tree.Next 'Tom Thumb in the cupboard I spy Mother Hubbard' and here as well as everything else going on in the picture your little one can spot Mother Hubbard bent over in the corner....'Mother Hubbard down the cellar I spy Cinderella' ..... and so it goes on until 'Plum Pie in the sun I spy Everyone' where the final picture shows all the characters together having a picnic. My daughter loves pointing out all the characters in this last picture.
I must admit that on several pages my daughter actually found the 'hidden' character before me. Each time we read this together she notices something new in the pictures and when I tried to rush through it this morning she actually noticed when I skipped a page!
I was wrong about this book on first impression. Its actually a very delightful, interesting, fun book that appeals to both myself and my three year old.
Board book: 32 pages
Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (27 May 1999)
Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14.4 x 1.6 cm
As mentioned, our copy is on loan from the school but looking online this book can be purchased on amazon for £3.99 new.
'Each peach, pear, plum, I spy Tom Thumb...'
So starts Each Peach Pear Plum, a lovely rhyming kid's picture books with the most beautifully detailed pictures. Each page has a new character that must be found - first Tom Thumb, then other fairytale characters like the three bears, Cinderella or Baby Bunting. Think of it as a very small child's Where's Wally - while the characters are easy enough to find that even the youngest kids shouldn't get frustrated, there's lots of triumph to be had in letting them point them out. I like to, that the characters that they incorporate are so easily recognised from fairytale and nursery rhyme, so children recognise the characters that they're looking for.
Amazon has a choice between paperback and board book, both for under £4, so even the tiniest child isn't at risk of killing the book by chewing it to death. However, I'd recommend it for maybe two or three years at the youngest, although as they get older kids might enjoy reading it to themselves as much as having it read to them.
This is a really fun book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg that works well on a number of levels! Essentially it draws on children's knowledge of lots of different nursery rhymes and fairy tales, bringing the characters together to tell the story of these people meeting with each other basically to have a picnic. Children don't necessarily need to know the original rhymes and tales, but I think it adds to the enjoyment if they do!
The story starts on the first page with:
Each Peach Pear Plum
I spy Tom Thumb
This is accompanied by a delightful illustration and the challenge is to actually spy Tom Thumb who is well hidden up a tree. As you turn the pages, the character you have spied on the previous page is also on the next, but there is also another well known character, hidden, that you have to spy - Mother Hubbard, Cinderella,the three bears,Baby Bunting, Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, the Wicked Witch, Robin Hood. Each of these characters are introduced through a rhyming couplet, and they also have to be spied in the picture, which is a lot of fun and this provokes a lot of discussion.
Towards the end of the book though, things change slightly. We meet the three bears again, and THEY spy Baby Bunting who they then rescue from the river. Taking him with them, they go on their way and spot a plum pie which...is all ready for a picnic for all the characters to share. The final page of the book shows all these diverse characters sitting down merrily together to eat the plum pie!
Both my daughters love this book, but I do think the elder one gets more out of it, because at three and a half she is very familiar with a lot of the stories and rhymes, so on each page not only is she spotting the characters and enjoying the rhymes, but also recalling bits of the original stories.
The rhyme also makes it interesting reading and my elder daughter enjoys filling in the end of the rhyme. Any books that include rhyme are likely to help develop their phonological awareness too which can only be a good thing.
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. Every picture is packed with so much detail - so many things to look at and talk about. This book can also introduce young children to the game of I-spy as they can be choosing other objects to spy in the pictures.
Our copy is a Boardbook with very strong card pages, although I have also seen a paperback version. It is published by Puffin Books and has an RRP of £4.99 which I feel is very good value.
So if you are looking for a fun and enjoyable read with your children i would definitely recommend this book!
I couldn't believe that this was written in 1978...........I'm getting old!! It is a fabulous book for young children which has certainly stood the test of time.
The content and style.
It is essentially an 'I spy' book and indeed on the back of the book the author says: " In this book with your little eye. Take a look and play I spy". It is however an 'I spy' with a difference since each sentence is part of a nursery rhyme or fairytale which leads very cleverly to the next. In total there are 9 famous characters from nursery rhymes / fairytales linked together.
The challenge is to spot in each illustration the character who is the subject of the next page......
The style is very simple which has a great appeal to young children. The text is rhymed which enables them to join in after the first reading and is a great educational tool.
I have listed the text from the first few pages so that you get an idea of how the characters link together so cleverly.
Each peach pear plum I spy Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb in the cupboard I spy Mother Hubbard
Mother Hubbard down the cellar I spy Cinderella
etc etc etc...................
The only downside from an educational point of view is that the text has no punctuation in it at all so that the inquisitive child can't ask "what's that dot for at the end of the writing?" and so lead to an explanation of a full stop. This is a very very minor criticism.
What can I say other than fabulous. They are so detailed and can't fail to get young children trying to 'spy' the character along with other features of each drawing.
The illustrations are thanks to Janet Ahlberg who was awarded the Kate Greenaway medal for them.
Price and Publisher
Prices and sizes of this book do vary.
I have the boardbook which is great for younger children as they can't accidentally rip the pages when turning them. This is approx £6.99 but as with all books nowadays the price varies greatly on the internet and high street shops.
Amazon.co.uk have a price of only 1p for the paperback and for those of you who work with a group of children the Big Book at £15.50 is great as they all have a better view of the illustrations.
About the Ahlberg's
Allan and Janet met in the 1960s in Sunderland, both were training to be teachers. Allan taught for 10 years whilst Janet left the profession sooner to develo her artistic ability and studied graphic design.
Together they wrote 37 books..........Allan is an author to many many more books than Janet was the illustrator for.
Janet died in 1994 and after a brief lapse, Allan began writing again and I'm almost certain I have seen a book by him and illustrated by his daughter.
In short they had a marvellous ability to look at the world through a child's eyes.
Too many to mention but there is a HUGE range for older and younger children:
The Jolly Postman (this brought them their greatest success)
It was a dark and stormy night
The Happy Families series of books (e.g. Mrs Wobble the waitress & Miss Brick the Builder)
Fee Fi Fo Fum
The Giant Baby
And so the list goes on and on and on!
ISBN of Each Peach Pear Plum: 067088278X
Each Peach Pear Plum has been enjoyed by adults and children throughout the years, the rhythmic prose and the fabulous illustrations can't fail to appeal to young children and the adults who are reading it to them. I would highly recommend this enchanting book.
Boardbook for infants and toddlers with lovely illustrations and a jolly rhyming 'I spy' motif on each page. A poem on each spread gives the clue as to what is hiding in the picture opposite. Many well-known nursery characters are included so that young children can follow the rhymes and enjoy this board book.