Each Peach Pear Plum
This is a board book version of this classic picture book that introduces characters from traditional stories, such as the `Three Bears`, `Mother Hubbard` and `Tom Thumb`, and encourages children to participate and to find the characters hidden in the pictures. The text, with its strong rhyme and rhythm, is perfect to read aloud to very young children.
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- Board book | 34 pages
- 148 x 199 x 14mm | 308g
- 01 Sep 1999
- Penguin Books Ltd
- Puffin Books
- London, United Kingdom
- colour illustrations
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)
About Janet Ahlberg
Janet & Allan Ahlberg created many acclaimed picture books from 1975 to shortly before Janet's death in 1994. Allan taught before becoming a full-time writer and Janet studied graphic design before becoming an illustrator. EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN won Kate Greenaway Medals and PEEPO! won Parents Magazine's Best Books For Babies Award.
Our customer reviews
My mother bought this book last Christmas, for my then 17 month old daughter, as she had fond memories of reading it to me when I was small. 'Each Peach Pear Plum' has proven itself to be a classic and is highly recommended for every child's bookshelf. The illustrations, rhyme and rhythm are comfortingly familiar. I would recommend that this book is purchased in board book format for little hands.show moreby Diana Boswarva
I'm buying this brilliant for my daughters as it was one of my favourites when I was a child. I can still recite the entire book word for word! The illustrations are gorgeous and the rhythm and rhyme are wonderful for developing language. A 'must have' for every family.show moreby Elana Beal
This book is a fabulous start to the "I spy" game. Each page has a rhyme that tells you who is hiding in the picture. Eg "Cinderella on the stairs, I spy three bears". The pictures are detailed enough to add interest, but not so detailed that the child cant find the character (not like Richard Scary books or Where's Wally?). We have read it so many times my daughter (2.5 years) can point to whose hiding in seconds, but this doesnt detract from her enjoyment. She likes the sense of mastery it gives her. I would say its great for 18 months to 3 years. Worth having in your collection. Gender neutral.show moreby Roslyn Hughes
I was sent this from a friend in the UK (through Book Depository) to read with my 4yo grand daughter. She loves it! We find new things in the pictures every time. And it has also lead me to read to her about Tom Thumb, Mother Hubbard, Bo Beep who are mentioned in the tale. A good choice from my friend.show moreby Wendy SEKULOFF