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The Jolly Postman - Janet Ahlberg
Member Name: brittle1906
The Jolly Postman - Janet Ahlberg
Advantages: Entertaining and amusing book
Disadvantages: Letters may get lost or damaged
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.
Thank you for reading
İbrittle1906 December 2012
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Summary: A brilliant concept