The Jolly Postman
Author: Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
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The Jolly Postman is an imaginative little book follows the daily round of the Jolly Postman. This is no ordinary postal round as he delivers mail to fairytale characters.
Each envelope encloses a real letter, postcard or correspondence that children can take out and read. There is a flyer advertising witch’s supplies delivered to the gingerbread cottage a ‘sorry letter’ from Goldilocks to The Three Bears family and a number of other surprises in each of the envelopes.
This book encourages children to engage in a very tactile way. Many schools have used this book to stimulate letter writing, postcard making and a range of creative activities. Toddlers will enjoy posting the letters which you may find later in unexpected hidey holes!
There are lots of things to discuss, as each of the letters has a very different content. There are also small storylines which carry through the book. Definitely one of the more cleverly designed books, intriguing children of different ages on a number of levels.
Beautifully illustrated and full of humour which children and adults will enjoy. This book is full of delightful surprises and has not dated a bit!
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- First Published: 1986, Heinemann
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Puffin
- New Edition: 30 Sep 1999
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780670886241
- ISBN-13: 978-0670886241
- ASIN: 0670886246
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.4 cm
- Age Range: 3-6 years
Allan dreamt of being a writer – although he didn’t actually write: “I had all the romantic notions of the white suit and the panama hat – all the Somerset Maugham images without any words to support them.” It was Janet who opened the lock.