Each Peach Pear Plum
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Each Peach Pear Plum

By (author) Janet Ahlberg , By (author) Allan Ahlberg

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And as the story unfolds, very young children can spy familiar nursery characters hiding in the colorful pictures. There's Tom Thumb, Jack and Jill, and the Three Bears, as well as Baby Bunting and a host of others. A marvellously entertaining romp for the youngest reader.

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  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 187.96 x 243.84 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • 26 Jul 1984
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0670287059
  • 9780670287055
  • 20,139

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Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife, Janet, created award winning books such as Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman - both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers. Allan lives in Bath.

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The Ahlberg penchant for playing with nursery characters (Jeremiah in the Dark Woods, 1978) has issue this time in a more traditional, pastoral-pretty nursery book. "Each Peach Pear Plum/ I spy Tom Thumb," reads the first couplet (of what was originally a counting-out rhyme), while opposite Tom sits half-hidden in a tree; "Tom Thumb in the cupboard/ I spy Mother Hubbard" shows him in plain sight and - look sharp! - only her posterior, looming in the picture's corner. And so it goes, with a new character named - and cleverly half-concealed - at each of the openings. Youngsters will enjoy spying them out and appreciate their comical faces until at the finale - "Plum Pie in the sun/ I spy. . . EVERYONE!" - they all spring out from concealment and sit down to a picnic feast. Once you've seen it, true, there are no surprises but, for the very young, there's another sort of satisfaction from knowing what's coming next. (Kirkus Reviews)

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