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The Jolly Christmas Postman - Allan Ahlberg

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg / Edition: New Ed / Hardcover / 52 Pages / Book is published 1999-09-30 by Puffin Books

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      01.02.2013 19:22
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      Best Christmas book I've read

      The jolly Christmas postman is a book I have had since I was a child. Although I got rid of a lot of my children's books this is one of two I have kept.

      This fun book is about a postman who is delivering post on Christmas eve. These are not just anyone though, they are well known children's characters including humpty dumpty, the gingerbread man, little red riding hood and many more.

      The best bit of the book is opening the post which he delivers to the characters. Inside the envelopes are letters, games, puzzles and an extra special letter at the end.

      The pictures in the book are highly detailed and really help you understand where the story is going. One page has a picture of the seven dwarfs and the beanstalk even though they are not mentioned in the story. Children love to spot these characters in the background.

      The story flows well and the book has rhyming words throughout. It is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and has a rrp of £12.99 but you can probably get it cheaper than that now.

      The one disadvantage I have, which is completely my fault, is that the pieces from inside the letters can get lost. My humpty dumpty puzzle has been lost for years and I have looked everywhere, it's so annoying.

      This book won the Kate Greenaway Medal and there are two other books in the series which also won awards. This includes The Jolly Postman.

      This book will definitely be staying on my bookshelf.

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        29.12.2009 00:15
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        A delightful story which will keep you occupied for hours!

        The Jolly Christmas Postman is a story written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This is the seasonal version of the well-known children's book 'The Jolly Postman', which has a similar format.

        The story takes place on Christmas Eve when the Jolly Postman is out delivering christmas cards to some well-known characters. The story is told in rhyme, which I think children will love as they will try to join in. Each letter takes up a page and consists of an envelope addressed to the relevant character. If you turn the page this can actually be opened and inside is a Christmas card and sometimes more!

        The characters receiving cards include:

        Baby bear - who receives a christmas card, along with a festive joke from Goldilocks.

        Miss Red Riding Hood - who receives a card from Mr Wolf which consists of a board game that can actually be played. Miss Hood returns the greeting later in the story by sending a joke present which is a 'How to spot a wolf' guide!

        Humpty Dumpty - who is in the hospital, as he has fallen off the wall again! His greeting is from 'all the king's horses and all the king's men' and consists of a 'Humpty jigsaw' that children can actually have a go at putting together.

        After a long hard day the postman ends up in Santa's workshop and receives an amazing present himself. Read the book to find out what!

        I found the book absolutely delightful! The illustrations were extremely well done and interesting to look at. When reading this aloud to children this means that there is a lot to talk about. The book is wonderfully interactive and I think children will find it exciting opening the envelopes and reading the contents inside. I loved the idea that there were puzzles and activities along with the chrismas cards. I think parents and children alike will have hours of fun with this book, reading it, talking about the pictures and doing the activities together. I'm not a kid (ok - maybe one at heart!) and it certainly kept me occupied!

        The cover is hardback but the pages inside are not. I can see this book being well used and so the pages may get worn, particularly the envelopes if they are repeatedly opened. Also there is the risk of the cards/activities getting lost from the envelopes. Whilst this won't detract from the story the book will lose some of it's charm, so it's probably a good idea to check contents when young children have finished reading this!

        The book retails at £12.99 but is available on Amazon priced at around £8.00.

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          12.10.2009 15:56
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          A brilliant book by Alhberg

          I am a regular visitor to my town's many charity shops in search of some additional books for my classroom. With being continually handled by the children and taken in and out of the book shelf, I am more than keen to not have to pay the full price for such books, which is why I frequent the charity shop. A few months ago, I felt I was extremely lucky to pick up this children's book, 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' by Allan and Janet Ahlberg for only a £1 in excellent condition. Even better value when I realised that Amazon were selling the book for £9.99.

          Before purchasing, I was already familiar with some of the children's books writen by Alhberg, and had borrowed a copy of the original Jolly Postman story years ago, but had to return it. The original tale for an award winning children' book, and has already sold over 1 million copies. This book follows on from the original tale of the Jolly Postman, but whether or not you or your children have ever read or seen the original before, it will not hinder their enjoyment of this story.

          The blurb on the back fo the story states ' The Jolly Postman rides again...with more real letters and presents too in his Christmas postbag'. Now obviously this is an ideal book for Christmas time, and I in fact, have not used this yet with my class, as I only got it a short time ago.

          On the front of this book is a beautiful illustration of a Christmas tree decorated with baubles and various coloured envelopes, and surrouding the tree are different characters featured in the story - a lot of which children will already be familiar with such as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, humpty dumpty etc etc. This is probably one of the reasons why the original book sold so well, as most of the characters were already known to children from their favourite fairytales.

          The story begins with the Jolly Postmas setting off on his ound on his bicycle to deliver the Christmas post. The first house he delivers post to is 'Four Bears Cottage'. Children can guess who lives in this house. On the opposite page is the front of an envelope, address to 'Baby Bear, Four Bears Cottage, The Woods'. What is so wonderful about these books, especially for teachers, is that you can get so much out of them, in terms of characters and links to other stories, but also letter writing. On the next page children can actually take out the letter that is seemingly in the envelope addressed to Baby Bear and read it. They wiill find that it is a Christmas card for Baby Bear from Satna' Workshop. Again this can be used as the basis for an exercise in Christmas card writing and the language used in such cards, which not all children are aware of at an early age.

          Along route he also delivers mail to Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty, The Gingerbread Boy, Mister Wolf, and last but not least, an envelope for the postman himself. Each letter devilered can be opened up for the children to read and then put back into the envelope.

          One of the other great things about this story is the simple rhythm in which it is told in, and children can spot the rhyming words again. It is a book to be shared with a child, rather than a book that a child could read alone, unless they are much older, but by that stage, they will have moved on to other literature suitable for their own age. Chidlren will love seeing what is inside the envelopes, and even guessing beforehand what might be in it.

          The Jolly Christmas Postman, really is a superb book to be shared by children, and I can't wait to be able to share it with my class in the run up to Christmas. It would also make an ideal Christmas gift for a child, especially if they are familiar with their fairytales!

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            19.01.2009 15:22
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            a must have if you have young children

            Janet and Allan Ahlberg wrote 'The Jolly Postman' and it proved to be so popular they wrote this Christmas themed sequel in it's wake. This was bought as a Christmas present a few years ago for my two young sons and it became a firm favourite, especially at night time. It's based on the same story as the original book, but it's set on Christmas Eve and we follow the Postman as he sets off to deliver all the Christmas post. There is again the interactive element which allows the child to really get involved in the book by opening the 'envelopes' positioned every couple of pages,and containing 'real' letters addressed to the nursery rhyme characters;a concept which proved popular in the first book. It's wrote in a simplistic but delightful way and the rhymes just roll off your tongue as you read them. A brilliant book, which personally I think is better than it's predecessor

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              06.11.2008 19:38
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              Great book but costs a bit more than others

              The Jolly Postman was a book written by janet and Allan Ahlberg. Following its success, they wrote a follow-up with Christmas in mind, entitled The Jolly Christmas Postman, which features the Jolly Postman doing his rounds at Xmas time and a selectin of the notes and letters he delivers.

              There are around 50 pages in this book, and each time the Postman delivers a letter, we are told who he's delivering it to, and on the opposing page is a pouch like the inside of an envelope, and a letter inside, written by the sender. The Ahlberg's tend to use fairy tales and nursery rhymes for their characters, and as such there is, for example, a letter from Jack, thanking the giant (referencing Jack and the Beanstalk), and some featuring the Big Bad Wolf, the Gingerbread Man, etc etc.

              Each letter is carefully written in a different style, on different shaped paper and with a differing message relating to its recipient and sender, and it is a magical book for any kid. It is a lovely book to give a child as a present at Christmas time, and I rate it very highly. It's a brilliant idea, and I know that the authors are highly regarded within the national curriculum for schools as well as just by parents buying books for their children.

              As the book is quit long and also contains letters, it is more intricate than your average kid's book, and as such costs a bit more. It retails for £10.99, but can currently be bought from amazon.co.uk for £8.44. I highly recommend it.

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                27.10.2008 15:18
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                a highly recommended book

                This is one of the very best Christmas books for children that I've ever seen & was such a favourite with my daughters when they were young that I bought 3 copies due to 'wear & tear'!

                The 'Jolly Christmas Postman' was published in 1991 probably because 'The Jolly Postman' was such a success - it costs around £13 in major bookstores but Amazon are advertising it for £8.44 - a great investment!

                Janet & Allan Ahlberg have written loads of children's stories which are still very popular - I think some of them are on the National Curriculum in primary schools.

                Allan still writes ( I think Janet sadly died a few years ago) but the illustrations were done by her.

                The book is a hardback & is consists of, not just the story, but little envelopes & pockets where the choldren can actually take out the notes, cards & letters to read.

                The letters etc are mainly from one fairytale character or Mother Goose character to another.

                For example, there's 1 from Jack, who's on holiday, thanking the giant for the gold which enabled to go on his sun-drenched trip etc - very clever.

                I like the way in which the Ahlberg's introduce the importance of communication via the written word in a fun & entertaining way.

                The illustrations are great, as always, and the text isn't patronising to children - it's also a pleasure to read from an adult's point of view.

                The book is recommended form age 3 but I think supervision is important here as I can tell you from experience.

                As there are numerous little pockets & envelopes with notes & letters folded inside, excited & eager little ones usually can't wait to see what's inside (if they've read it before they are just as eager to 'check'!).

                This is the reason I ended up buying 3 copies!

                I'd advise not buying the 'Jolly Christmas Postman' secondhand without checking first that everything inside is intact - there's nothing worse than a 'lost' letter in the post is there?!

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                - in my opinion it's now a children's classic.
                - entertaining for children & fun to read to children if you are an adult.
                - I'd advise some supervision with smaller children as the little letters etc can get lost & the envelopes can get damaged.
                - it's obviously a seasonal book so may not be as exciting a read in March etc.
                - if/ when I'm lucky enough to have grandchildren this book will be very nearly at the top of my list.

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                  14.10.2008 21:08
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                  Great book, fun for the whole family.... even mummies and daddies!!

                  Myself and my son love this book, we brought it last xmas and it was definatly great fun.

                  I was looking last year for a good xmas eve book as i always make my children a " night before xmas hamper" (its basically a box with new pj's, a santa letter, reindeer food, some cookies for santa etc etc) so i went to my local bookstore and asked for them to reccomend a good xmas eve book for a five year old boy and they reccommended Janet and Allan Ahlberg's " The Jolly Christmas Postman" i think it cost me 10.99, but you can buy it from amazon for 8.44 at the moment..... and i know that is slighly pricey but i promise you, you will get as much enjoyment as your child.

                  The book is a hardback book with 52 pages.

                  Its all about the jolly postmans round on the night before xmas where he delivers many letters, cards, gifts, jokes etc to many of your classic fairytale land characters.

                  My favourite being a Get Well Jigsaw for Humpty Dumpty....so cute!!

                  But there are loads of things though that are great fun, there are letters and cards from characters such as as Jack (from jack and the beanstalk) thanking the giant for his gold as his funded his holiday .... thers is the big bad wolf, the baby bear, goldilocks and many more.

                  My son really loved this and enjoyed getting all the little letters out of the envelopes, and it really got him in the spirit of things...not that he needed that much encouragement on xmas eve....but you know what i mean.

                  The only thing i would warn any parents that its ok if your child like my son is very careful with books etc, as this book could easily get damaged with all the little cards, envelopes, games etc.
                  So if you have a little tike like my daughter, who seems to destroy anything that she comes in contact with then i would make sure you supervise the reading of this book!!! and then put it on the highest shelf you have!!!

                  I would reccommend this book to any parent looking for an alternative book to the old favourites like 'Twas the night before xmas" or " Dr Seuss Grinch who stole xmas".

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                  It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for baby bear, a get well jigsaw for hospitalized Humpty Dumpty and four more surprise envelopes containing letters and cards.