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The Jolly Postman
The Jolly Postman - Janet Ahlberg
Member Name: louisechackett
The Jolly Postman - Janet Ahlberg
Advantages: lovely classic book which is fun to read
Disadvantages: envelope parts will rip if care not taken
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!
Summary: a wonderful book