The Jolly Postmanby Janet and Allan Ahlberg, is a book I coveted as a child – it was at the top of my list to add to our little library when we started our family.
I think of it as a childhood classic… if you’re not familiar with the story, it chronicles a day in the life of the Jolly Postman as he spends his day delivering letters to many fairytale favourites, including the Three Bears (receiving an apology letter from Goldilocks), the Giant (Jack sends him a postcard), and Cinderella (receives a letter requesting approval for the proof of her first book!) …
The real delight in this book is not just the inventive letters that the Ahlbergs have imagined up for this fairytale world, but the way the book has been constructed: every other page is an actual envelope and so the pieces of mail are all tangible pieces that can be taken out and poured over by the young (and not-so-young) readers!
Once upon a bicycle,
So they say,
A Jolly Postman came one day
From over the hills
And far away…
Do you have any favourite books that include an element of surprise such as pop-ups, special inserts or activities? Don’t you agree that there is something quite delightful when a child finds something unexpected in a story book?