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Review of The Jolly Postman (Or 'Other People's Letters) by Janet and Alan Ahlberg.
This is a hard backed board book aimed at children aged 2-6 years of age.
Published by Puffin, containing 48 pages, ISBN 978-0670886241. Cover price £12.99.
Currently available on amazon for £9.09 new or from £4.09 used, however, I would be dubious about buying this book used unless I could examine it first, for fear of the contents being missing.
The Jolly Postman is a beautifully illustrated, rhymed story book for children, with a difference.
The difference is that on each pair of pages is a highly coloured illustration of the characters with a 4 line rhyme and opposite this, a little envelope. In the envelope is a letter that the postman needs to deliver to the various children's favourite fictional and nursery rhyme characters. The envelopes carry a stamp and name and address for authenticity and the actual letters are very amusing, both for a child who can read the text or for an adult reading aloud to the child. Some of the letters are nice, some official and some just plain funny, although in all fairness I think much of the humour may go over the heads of younger children.
To give a brief overview of the letters, there is a birthday card for Goldilocks, a post card from Jack to the Giant at the top of the Beanstalk, a writ from Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs' lawyer informing the Big Bad Wolf that he must vacate grandma's cottage which he is occupying illegally. My own favourite is the mail order catalogue of witches' requisites to be delivered to the Wicked Witch.
The rhymes consist mainly of simple 4 line poems which are easy to read and entertaining. The actual construction of the book is exceptionally good, the pages are made of good quality paper and the board cover is thick and durable.
Call me kill-joy if you like, but I personally would not leave this book unattended in the hands of the average 2 year old as the joy of the whole concept is the letters and these would very quickly be destroyed by little fingers!
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
This is a truly delightful book, it is a modern children's classic in my opinion, up there with the likes of 'The Very hungry Caterpillar' and similar children's books. I think books are very important for children and I have always tried to encourage my children and grandchildren to read, I had great success teaching my daughter well before school age. I had intended to home educate her, but when push came to shove, her father did not like the idea and my plans changed to accommodate his wishes and off to school she went at 5 able to read, write, and do basic mathematics, much to the irritation of her reception class teacher. But I digress!
My copy of this book has been with me since 1999 when my first grandchild was born. A strange gift perhaps for a new born baby, but I spotted the book and liked the concept so much that I bought it to put away. Katy enjoyed the book and then it was brought out again for her younger brother and sister. My copy has been read to read with many children, both my own family and visiting little ones and it has never failed to delight.
I feel that The Jolly Postman is an innovative concept and one that encourages dialogue, conversation and communication between child and adult as they accompany the Jolly Postman on his delivery round.
A book I am happy to recommend to others and would suggest this would make a superb Christmas gift for a youngster.
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©brittle1906 December 2012
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Even when my son was very small I used to share books with him because I want him to grow up with a love of reading. When I was younger I loved to read but as I got older it wasn't something I really did anymore because it wasn't encouraged at home. As an adult I now read regularly again and my son has a real love of books too and as such has a great collection of books that he has been bought over the years. The book I am going to review today is The Jolly Postman.
The book that we have is a hard back book which I think I purchased through the book people when I worked in a school and we would regularly have a rep come by and leave a selection of books for us to order if we wanted. It only cost me around four or five pounds I am sure but the retail price on the back of the book is £12.99. This one currently costs £9.09 on amazon.
The Jolly Postman is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and was first published in 1986 but has been produced another couple of times since then. I remember reading this book to my class of pre school children when I worked in a nursery and I do think the age this book is best suited to is around the 3-6 years but I also think it is one of those classic books which is lovely to look at no matter what your age.
The book tells us the tale of a jolly postman as he goes about on his rounds visiting various fairy tale characters to deliver their post. What is unique about this book is the fact that we have a page of text and illustrations on one page where we hear about the postman on his travels and then we will have a page which is like a letter addressed to the character and the back of that page is like an envelope so you can take out the item of post and have a look at that too which just makes reading the book such a fun experience for a child.
We first encounter the three bears who receive a letter off a young goldilocks apologising for going in to their house and eating baby bears porridge and breaking his chair and also invites baby bear to her birthday party. The letter is written as it would be by a young child complete with spelling mistakes a plenty but this just adds to the charm of the book. As we leave the three bears the jolly postman visits the witch in the gingerbread house with a poster from a witch supply company which is full of detail and really interesting to look at. Next we head off to visit the giant in the beanstalk who is receiving a postcard from Jack which is relevant to the story we will all be familiar with and quite amusing I think. From there we head to the palace to deliver a letter for Cinderella which is a proof of a book telling her story and a letter from the publishers to accompany it. We head to the wolf in Grandma's cottage next with a solicitors letter asking the wolf to vacate Grandma's house and clothes by order of Red Riding Hood! Finally we head to Goldilocks house where she receives a birthday card from the bear family and a pound note as a gift!
This book is so charming I have to say. Even as an adult I think it is really lovely and every child that has ever come across this book in my experience has been totally taken by the charm of the book and the different items of post as you follow the postman on his rounds. The only issue is that in the excitement of reading this one a child can rip the envelopes holding the items of post and it seems a shame that such a lovely book can be spoiled like this. My son also got in the habit of not putting the post items back in the book and so we lost a couple for a while but thankfully did manage to find them all again.
The main part of the text is written including some rhyme so it flows nicely as you read and makes it interesting for the audience to listen to I think. There isn't much text on the page and they all have lovely colourful illustrations on each page too and so I think there is no scope for a child to become bored as you read this even if they are quite young. My son has always enjoyed having this read to him and also enjoyed reading it as an independent reader too when he got to school age and as I said earlier my class of pre school children used to adore this one too.
The jolly Postman is, in my opinion, a classic book which every child should have an experience off. If you look after this book properly and encourage gentle handling there is no reason why it can't be enjoyed for many years and passed down through generations as I think it is going to be a book that will always be enjoyed by children.
Thank you for reading my review!
The Jolly Postman books have been around for quite a while now, years infact, they have entertained many of children including myself. I remember being fasinated with the book, that it had lots of different things to keep me entertained and amused. I have two children of my own but at the ages 6 and 4, I feel that they are too young to really appercaite it at the moment, but when they are a little older, I cant wait to share this book with them.
The Jolly Postman is a children's book which was published in 1986, funnily enough the year before I was born although it was origionally written in 1981, I'm not too sure the reason in why it took so long to publish but, it defenatly was worth the wait, the book is amazimg, think its great that I still get excited about the book and im 24, think I am needing to get out more. (laughs)
The Jolly Postman And Other Peoples Letters as you guess it a jolly postman posting other peoples letters, luckily for us we get to be nosey and read these letters. (Coulndn't do this in the real world as we would have the police chapping on the door instead on the postman.) There are three books in total, this one that i am doing the review on, The Jolly Pocket Postman and The Jolly Christmas Postman. The aurthers of the books, Janet and Allan Ahlberg, (husband and wife) worked together to produce these wonderful stories written by Allan and illustrated by Janet. Unfortunatly Janet passed away in 1994, although her memory will live on through the fantastic book. .
I dont know if you have noticed, but some of the covers for the book are different? In more modern reprints the covers have been updated from the origional but inside the book, the story is still the same, so if you are looking for buy one, doesn't matter what one you choose as it will be exactly the same inside. What I will say is, like I say with everything, shop around, see if you can find a bargin, I suggest either play.com, ebay, or amazon.
The book is a hardback so ideally should last you a little longer than a paper back would, but be warned although we wouldn't rip the pages smaller hands can, especially as they get excited trying to find out what wonderful letters and peeople are on the next page. The envelopes and other contents are thicker paper and not so easily ripped, but suggest that you be careful just icase any acidents are to happen. The back has the same blue and pale yellow background with an illustration of an open book with all the mail flying out and the postman standing smiling.
As you read the book the illustrations are quite small, yet still lovely to look at with all the different characters. Apart from the wonderful letter that you get to take out the envelopes to read, the book is also written in rhyme which to be honest I enjoy reading more that non rhyme books and I think all children do, it captchures their attention more. Each of the letters and other contents are within a letter type page with the front holding the name and address with postmark and the back like the back of a standard envelope without the top opening part
At the start of every page it goes something like this: "Once Upon a bicycle, so they say, A Jolly Postman came one day, From over the hills and far away..." Although this is not giving you the full story (as I obviously dont want to ruien it for you) I just wanted to give you an idea, an inside look as it were, then it goes on to say who the postman met with a letter or other items that he is delivering. At the end of the busy postmans shift he ends his day a something little like this: 'Once upon a bicycle, so they say, A Jolly Postman came one day, From over the hills and far away, And went home in the evening - for tea!'
I really can not do the book justice with just a review but I hope I have been able to give you a good overall view of it. This really is a fantastically wonderful book with interactive envelopes and surprise at whats inside each one is fun for both child and adult, I have yet to find another book that is like this.
I would recomment this book to children all over the world, no child has to go without the enjoyment of a great reading experiance. I would rate the book 5 out of 5 and really cant wait to share this experiance with my two children. One thing I will say is shop around, as prices of tis book can be quite high in some stores and online shops ranging from £8 to £35. Here is to the book that has kept us entertained for years and more more to come.
One of my favourite things about The Jolly Postman, as the subtitle of 'Or, Other People's Letters' suggests, is that it really IS as if you were sneakily peeking at an assortment of letters addressed to others. This splendid children's book follows the Postman of a fairy-tale land, as he spends a busy day delivering mail to well-known characters from stories. The book is set out in the following format: one page contains a beautiful colour illustration of the character(s) involved, and the other page is an envelope, which the reader can open to reveal a letter. The rhymes are short yet humorous, and useful for children that are learning to read to practise their skills. An example of one of the verses is:
"So the witch read the letter
With a cackle of glee
While the Postman read the paper
But LEFT his tea. (It was green!)"
The envelopes are all different, and the decision of the authors to include a wide variety of letters (formal and friendly) is nothing short of ingenious. Each envelope displays the name and address of a character, and a stamp and postmark for added authenticity. The giant (of Jack and the Beanstalk) for instance, receives a postcard in an airmail envelope, from Jack. The wicked witch receives a brilliantly amusing catalogue from Hobgoblin Witch Supplies, Goldilocks gets a birthday card (with a one pound note inside), and Cinderella is delivered a charming mini-book of her life from a publisher.
The Jolly Postman is truly one of the most inspired children's books I have ever had the good fortune to come across, and anyone who has enjoyed it like me may also like to track down the two other books in the same series, 'The Jolly Pocket Postman' and 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' (both of which are superb).
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My daughter was given this book for xmas, about 2 years ago when she was only 2. We tried reading it her, but it was clearly too old for her, so put it away for 2 years.
Now aged 4, she loves it, as does her nearly 3 year old sister, so I'd say that 3 plus is the ideal age to start reading this book to your child.
The book follows the jolly postman on his rounds in a little village. He's delivering letters to lots of familiar characters.
Every other page is designed to look like a large envelope, with the address on one side and on the other side, a cut out area so you can reach inside and draw out the contents, which can be a letter, a leaflet, a postcard, or even a little book.
The text is written as ryhmes and cleverly brings all the different characters together. We meet the 3 bears, Cinderella, the Wicked Witch, Jack and the Giant (from the beanstalk story), Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf amongst others.
Children will love taking out all the letters, postcards and leaflets as it makes the book very interactive and helps them get involved in the story. Although the language - particularly in the inserts - can sometimes be a little complex for a really young child, they don't seem to mind as the plot of the book is very simple to grasp.
The price of the book varies greatly, but seems to be around £4 on average, which in my opinion is very reasonable
This is a great book and if you have young children is sure to be a family favourite for years to come.
My daughter absolutely adores this book and after you have looked at it you will definately see why.
The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters was written by Janet and Allan Alberg and first published in 1986. It has stood the test of time and is still around today. I loved this book as a child and was happy to pass my copy onto my daughter.
The story follows the Jolly Postmas as he delivers letters to well known characters from popular fairy tales. These include a letter to the 3 bears form Golilocks to apologise for breaking baby bears chair and eating the porridge, a letter for the wicked witch from a mail order company asking if she would like to buy new cauldrons, little boy instant pie mix etc, and a Postcard to Mr V Bigg (a giant!!!) from Jack who has been on his travels. There is also a letter for HRH Cinderella with the proof (mini book) to the Cinderella tale she wants to get published but I particularly like the letter to the big bad wolf who has illegally set up residence at Grandmas cottage and is wearing her clothes! The last letter is a birthday card for Goldilocks - complete with birthday money.
The text throughout the whole book is rhyming which small children love and the illustrations are beautiful too. There is not many words to a page, 4-5 lines which is good for starter readers.
So I have told you the main 'plot' but the real novelty and ingenious idea is that every other page is a large envelope. So the mentioned letters really are letters and they can be taken in and out of the envelope. I would advise sitting with your child when they look at this as the pages are just paper and in the excitement of the letters they may pull them out a bit heavy handed and tear it.
An ideal and charming story for around 3-7 years old. It is truely interactive with lots to talk about and share with your child
Following the success of this book they went on to write The Jolly Pocket Postman and They Jolly Christmas Postman. The Ahlbergs have also written stories such as Each Peach Pear Plum and the popular Funny Bones series.
This books is currently on Amazon for £7.78 ISBN 0670886246
The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters
Janet & Allan Ahlberg
The Jolly Postman books have been around for many years and have entertained children throughout many of those years, myself included. I loved reading my sisters Jolly Postman book and knew that it would be a great favourite to my own daughter. When I saw the exact same book I had being sold once again, I had to pick it up for her even though she is not quite two yet - I just couldn't pass up the opportunity (and I really wanted to read it myself once more to bring back memories!)
A JOLLY OLD MAN
The Jolly Postman is a children's book which was originally written in 1981 though for some apparent reason took five whole years to write even though it is not a huge book, and was eventually published in 1986.
The Jolly Postman or Other Peoples Letters was the first in three postman stories following the character known as 'The Postman' or 'The Jolly Postman' as he delivers his letters to a variety of wonderful characters from popular fairy tales and children's stories. The other books in this series are The Jolly Pocket Postman and The Jolly Christmas Postman, which are both based along similar lines.
The authors of these great children's books are a husband and wife team, Janet and Allan Ahlberg who worked together on a variety of children's books until Janet sadly died in 1994. Allan generally wrote the books whilst his wife worked on the illustrations.
Allan was born in 1938 and brought up by his adopted family in Oldbury and his wife was born a few years later in 1944 in Leicester, marrying in 1969. Their first books together were an immediate success; 'The old joke book', 'The Vanishment of Thomas Tull' and the more well known book, 'Burglar Bill'. The Jolly Postman was their most successful venture and sold well over 6 million copies and to date, still going, winning many awards along the way.
Some of the husband and wife team other popular books include; Peepo!, Funny Bones, Happy Families.
Although in more modern reprints of the book have stayed the same inside, the front cover and many inside illustrations seem to have been updated from the original, though the original is still being sold, hence how I have managed to obtain this exact one from my childhood. This review is based upon the original layout though please bare in mind as far as I know, layout and story is exactly the same in all versions of this particular book.
The book itself is a hardback with thinner pages inside, yet not too thin (yet saying that, can rip easily in tiny hands!). The envelopes and various contents are thicker paper and not so easily ripped, depending upon the specific contents of each characters post which I will discuss later.
The front, although quite plain, is actually quite eye catching with the different characters all standing in a line reading their various letters. The back has the same blue and pale yellow background with an illustration of an open book with all the mail flying out and the postman standing smiling.
Throughout the book, the illustrations are small yet lovely to look at with many different children's characters that even us adults love. The font is easy to read and the main story is written in rhyme so wonderful for young children to learn to read with and easy for a younger child to listen to without much thought and actually quite entertaining to read. On the various envelopes, the font is in a hand written form on many of them showing what real letters would be like, and some are also typed if they are more 'official' letters. Occasionally it can be difficult for a child to read if they are a young reader as some letters and contents are 'written' by child characters and so spelling in these parts are as a young child may spell them (perhaps this might make it easier then for a child to read!?!). For example Goldilocks writes to the bear family in a letter and writes such words as 'porij' and 'Ther' and also crosses out a lot. I think that although the spelling could be confusing to some children, it adds to the appeal of the book and makes it seem more 'real' to the child.
Each of the letters and other contents are within a letter type page with the front holding the name and address with postmark and the back like the back of a standard envelope without the top opening part. My daughter especially loves this as she loves getting the post when it falls through our door and so knows exactly what it is in the book. She is also very much into Postman Pat at the moment (which when we saw the postman at our door and she called out 'Pat' to him was quite amusing - luckily our postman really is a jolly one!) so reading about the postman in this book and opening the different characters post makes my daughter very excited indeed.
The story is a simple yet wonderful little interactive story that both I and my daughter love. Although my daughter is not yet old enough to read herself, she really loves listening to me read to her and opening the letters and seeing the different things inside them. The interactive part of this really adds to the appeal to young children.
Let me take you inside the story now, though even my review wont be able to show you just how wonderful this little book really is.
"Once Upon a bicycle, so they say,
A Jolly Postman came one day
From over the hills and far away..."
The basic layout to the story is simple. There is a page of a little rhyme (all the main story is in rhyme though not necessarily the contents of the letters) leading up to the postman getting to the house. Following this is the envelope with various contents and then another page after the recipients have read the letter. Simple! This basically goes throughout the whole book except for the last couple of pages where the postman finishes off the story nicely. This makes it very easy to read and my daughter knows when I get to the letter part, each time getting excited to open the letter.
The first stop is the three bears cottage. Each envelope is addressed to the recipients in a lovely way with their own great addresses written on the envelope, making it very real. Within the first envelope is a single letter from Goldilocks to the three bears, apologising for coming into their house and breaking the chair, eating their porridge and sleeping in their beds. It is written in a child like way (as Goldilocks is really a child) with some child like drawings - very like a childs letter.
The next stop on the postmans journey is the Wicked Witches bungalow. This envelope is typed with an owl on the front saying 'open now don't delay it could be your lucky day' (junk mail?!?!). In this envelope is a larger letter from Hobgoblin Supplies Ltd. It is rather like a junk mail post with little pictures and text advertising witchy things such as deadly lampshades, little boy pie mix, cheaper buy four get one free newts and many more wonderful things you would expect a fairytale witch to have!
The third stop is to Mr. V. Bigg at Mile High House, Beanstalk Gardens! Here you meet the giant as you take a small postcard from the envelope from Jack who is on his magic carpet tour. The front of the postcard looks like a real postcard with images of where he has been with the writing (hand) on the back.
The next envelope is very smartly addressed in fancy writing to H.R.H. Cinderella. This envelope contains two things. The first, a very small typed letter from the Peter Piper Press informing Cinderella that her book is soon to be published and you've guessed it, the second item in the envelope is a lovely small book telling the story of Cinderella herself. This little book has the story we all know of Cinderella though is in very small print which is a shame as young readers may find it difficult to read. It also has small images in there which are lovely, though as I said, very small text which is a shame though my daughter doesn't seem to notice. She doesn't seem to like me reading this Cinderella book, she seems to like me continuing with the main story better so no great loss here and Im sure most people could recite Cinderella by heart!
By this point the postman seems to be getting a little drunk with the champagne Cinderella gave him and falls off his bike! This is one of many parts which are very humorous in this book!
Next we have another typed envelope marked 'Urgent' to B.B.Wolf Esq. C/o Grandmas cottage at Horners Corner! Personally I love the inventive addresses in this book! Within this envelope is a professionally types little letter from Meeny, Miny, Mo and Co. Solicitors and really makes me laugh. In a very professional manner the solicitors write on the behalf of both Miss Riding-hood and the three little pigs saying that if the harassment of grandma doesn't cease then they will be forced to send the 'official woodcutter and all the kings horses and all the kings men' and so many more funny parts. It is the fact that this is written as a solicitors letter may be written but consisting of fairytale characters - probably my favourite part of the book, though my daughter doesn't take this one in much as there is no pictures. Older children will get the funny side of this though!
The final stop is to Goldilocks where you will find a birthday card to Goldilocks herself from Mrs Bunting and Baby with a pound note inside! (This may be more modern in the newer printed book? Although it may not be!).
After this final stop the postman stops at Goldilocks party and they play postman knock before he rides off home.
'Once upon a bicycle, so they say
A Jolly Postman came one day
From over the hills and far away
And went home in the evening - for tea!'
I really can not do the book justice in a review but I hope I have been able to give you a good overview of it. It really is a wonderful book at the interactive envelopes and surprise at whats inside each one is fun for both child and adult and my daughter loves this part immensely. The only problem is my daughter getting hold of the book without me knowing and loosing the parts inside which is why until she is older we keep this on a higher shelf! Children love the story and opening the envelopes and older children and adults love the humour within the wonderful story and contents of the envelopes - it really is an all around lovable book!
This book has won The 1986 Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and The Children's Book Award 1986 among many others and is an amazing childrens book. It is one I have not bored of through childhood into adulthood and my daughter is now beginning to love it as well. Although first published years ago, it is a timeless book and contains not only a great, even though simple, story, but some great interactive post for some wonderful fairytale characters.
The RRP price is £7.95 on the back of my original book though has gone up to £14.95 over time. It can be picked up for as little as £4.30 on Amazon with new versions getting as high as £30 which is ridiculous! I was able to pick up my daughters copy for £3.50 which was a great price for a brilliant book. So do look around for different prices.
I would certainly recommend this book to all children over the age of being able to sit and listen to a story though the thin pages and contents are not recommended to tiny hands alone.
The Jolly Postman is a children's book written in 1986 by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The Ahlberg's have written many super children's books including 'Each, Peach, Pear Plum' and 'Funny Bones'. I have always enjoyed their book's, both for reading to a class and to my own children.
The Jolly Postman is an interactive book. All children between the ages of four and ten will love it. The story is written in a rhyming format, which is very popular with youngsters today, as they can finish the rhyme or chant it with you. The book features the main character, the Jolly Postman, and then many nursery characters, which the young reader can associate with, like the Three Bears, Wicked Witch and Cinderella. Each page has a main illustration and in the bottom corner a smaller illustration. The pictures are colourful and fun.
The special feature in The Jolly Postman, is that every other page has been made into a large envelope. The right hand page has the address and stamp, and when you turn the page the left hand page has the opening of the envelope. Inside is a letter of some sort! The children love this, and enjoy taking out the letter, which is all part of the story.
Now to the fabulous story. The Jolly Postman is on his bike, and has a letter for the Three Bears. The envelope is written in childish handwriting, and inside the envelope is an invite to Goldilocks party (plus an apology for eating their porridge). Next stop is the Wicked Witch, where the postman left his 'green tea', but delivered a mail order letter with offers on frog powder and sky high goggles for cats!
The book carries on in this way, with the Jolly Postman delivering a postcard from Jack to Mr V. Bigg (the Giant), a letter to H R H Cinderella (now married to Prince Charming), a solicitors letter to B.B. Wolf Esq who is illegally occupying Grandma's cottage and lastly a birthday card to Goldilocks.
The Jolly Postman is quite expensive at around £8.50, but it is hardback. It is a super book which my kids never tire of. You do need to look after it and supervise younger readers, as in the excitement of getting the letters out of the book/envelope they can rip the page. It is a children's classic, which is entertaining and jolly exciting!
This was a present for my daughter's second birthday and it's something I had never seen before (despite it being a children's classic), so I was very intrigued when I opened it up. What an exciting book!
It's a truly lovely book, and is basically a story of a jolly postman delivering letters to various fairytale characters. The version we have has a hardback glossy cover with lovely illustrations of the fairytale characters, but the thing that makes it wonderful is that every other page is an envelope with a letter or some other item of post inside, what a great idea! The pages are really good quality with just 4 or 5 lines of large text on each so the child's attention is easily kept.
The illustrations throughout the book are lovely with a lot of detail on some which I think children will love because there are various things for them to point out and notice (an example here is when the postman is at the Giant's house there is a sign saying Bell and an arrow pointing upwards...next to this is a ladder...obviously the bell is very high!) But even things like the postmarks on the envelopes have something to look at and notice, it's all very intriguing! I would have found this sort of thing fabulous when I was a little girl, I don't know how I missed out on it actually seeing as though it was first published in 1986.
The story starts with the line 'Once upon a bicycle, so they say...' which I think is a great opening line, I don't know why but I just love it, and most of the text is written in a rhyming fashion, which is standard for most kids books! There is also slight humour in the storyline as well, but I think this is more for the adults than the children, for example while at the Giant's house the postman has a 'thimbleful of tea'.
Anyway, the postman's first stop is the Three Bears, and inside the envelope is a letter from Goldilocks, written in children's handwriting - great! It's a letter apologising for eating their porridge and breaking the chair, she also invites Baby Bear to her 8th birthday party. The postman also stops for a cup of tea, as he does at each house he delivers to (must have all the time in the world).
He then goes to deliver something to the Wicked Witch (a flyer for various witch-like things, such as cauldron sets, brooms etc.) - this is an A4 sized sheet absolutely full of bits and bobs and I'm sure an older child would love looking at this and pointing out all the various witchy things displayed on it.
From the Witch's house he goes to the Giant's house where he delivers a postcard from Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk), and then onto Cinderella to deliver a letter and a draft book of the story of Cinderella. This is lovely because my daughter loves little books, so to get a miniature book INSIDE a book is just her idea of heaven!
So from Cinderella's house he makes his way to Grandma's cottage where the Big Bad Wolf is residing, here he delivers a solicitor's letter accusing the big bad wolf of wearing Grandma's clothes and other charges! The Jolly Postman even stayed for a cup of tea here, crazy fool.
The Postman's final destination is Goldilocks' 8th birthday party and here he delivers a birthday card and a pound note (just shows how old this story is!!), and he joins the party and they all play 'Postman's Knock'.
I cannot stress enough how wonderful I think this book is, the fact that it all revolves around children's classic tales is genius, although I think this may be lost on modern children. The envelope idea is amazing and it really makes this book unique, I certainly have never seen anything like it before, and I know as my daughter gets older she will love reading (or looking at) this to herself and opening each letter.
To be honest, she wasn't particularly interested in it at first, I think she was a little bit young (2 years) to understand the concept of the letters, but as we have read it more and more she is starting to look forward to opening the letters and seeing what they say. She likes to take them out of the envelope and put them back again, but I don't think she gets the whole point of the book being about the postman delivering all these letters. Anyway, I am quite certain as she gets older this book will become one of her firm favourites...it's already one of mine.
The lady who actually gave it to her as a present said it was one of her favourites when she was a child, and the fact that she can remember it just proves that it is really aimed at an older audience, I'd say around the school starter age, maybe 4 or 5 when the child has more understanding. But I don't think the age range stops there, I'm sure this book can also be enjoyed by children much older than this.
I really recommend this book to anyone with kids, it's marvellous.
The price on the back of the book states £12.99 but it's currently at £8.44 on Amazon.
The Jolly Postman or other people's letter. . Is defiantly a total classic., Written by the fabulous Janet and Allan Ahlberg who also wrote peepo and , Each peach pear plum amongst others all their books are brilliant and worth looking out for. The book is published by Heinemann and is available from Amazon at £9.99 or if you are lucky like me you get it as a gift.
The format of the book:
A postman on rounds delivering to such characters as Mr & Mrs Bear, Cinderella basically those from classic fairy tales.
on each page is the letter which is a envelope and you then get to open the letter which is great fun. One of which is a postcard to the Giant the beginning of which reads "having a nice time me, my mum and your hen what lays the Golden egg.(its better than travellers cheques.)" throughout the book there are such brilliant and inspirational lines .
Naturally for those of you who are familiar with Janet Ahlberg's illustrations these again are brilliant with so much detail each one a work of art. On its own right as mentioned the postcard from Jack to the Giant is your traditional four pictures on one postcard. Depicting traditional holiday scenes but each one is a nursery rhyme. Total Genius.
Why I love this book.....
There are so many reasons why this book is loved by myself as a child I loved the excitement of opening the letters just as much as I loved the story.
As an Adult I loved this for the excitement it evoked in my Daughter for the pleasure she got in looking at the pictures and indeed she is making her own story up from looking at the pictures she loves.
I guarantee that this book will be one to add to your bookshelf; and will be one you can treasure for many years indeed my Brother discovered this in our bookshelf and read it for his own enjoyment and was laughing aloud in places and had to read it to his fiancée and he's 25!
If my opinion of this book is not enough to wet your appetite then the experts also awarded it two awards the 1986 Emil/Kurt Maschler award and The children's book award 1986.
Well having written abouth this time to go and read it again. I hope that you discover this book and love it as much as our family does.
I had never heard of this delightful, children's classic until a friend bought the follow up book 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' for my two boys a few Christmas's ago. My boys who were aged just 1 and 2 then loved it so much I went straight out and bought a copy of this one which is a firm favourite night time read, even now. It is written in simple, but brilliantly thought out rhymes by Allan and Janet Ahlberg, and published by Puffin books. It's the story of a postman delivering letters to houses containing several nursery rhyme characters; such as Cinderella and Humpty Dumpty amongst a few. What makes this book stand out is the sheer interactiveness of it-every so many pages there is a 'letter' on the back of one of the pages containing things related to that characters house; like mini books and postcards. This is one of my favourite books never mind my childrens! Educational and lots of fun too.
Wow I completely totally forgot about this book and it has just bought back so many memories.
As a child I actually remember it from being in little school it was one of my most favourite books to choose when it was reading time and we had to pick our own book to read to ourselves, I think it was everyone's favourite to be honest everyone wanted to pick it before anyone else. I also remember the disappointment when I couldn't find it in the book rack as someone else had picked it.
The best bit about the book was going through the postman delivering his letters and each letter you could pull out of a little envelope and see what the letter looked like that he had delivered and what it said.
So it is a very interactive book for children being able to read the different letters the postman delivered to all the different characters.
This book has bought back memories of being little, how great those days were I want to be in nursery again lol stress free!
Definitely recommend this book im sure any child who loves reading will enjoy this book especially as Christmas is coming up this would make a nice gift.
The Jolly Postman must surely be one of the most innovative and interactive books for young children. Accompany the Jolly Postman on his rounds as he delivers post to classic children's characters, all of which happily live within his delivery round. Meet the Three Bears, Cinderella (now happily married to her Prince Charming), Goldilocks and many more. The real magic in this book lies in the inclusion of actual and highly personalised post for each character--each tucked into a neat envelope between the pages of the book. Enjoy Goldilocks' "Sorry" letter to the Three Bears, a Postcard to the Giant from Jack and, most amusing of all, the writ issued to the Big Bad Wolf (still occupying Grandma's cottage) by lawyers acting on behalf of both Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs.