{Bookworm} The Jolly Postman


Hello Friend,

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! It’s been quite a success and has been re-posted and reviewed by sites like http://www.agenvelopes.com.au/ who have taken inspiration from the novelty.

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?

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2 Responses to “{Bookworm} The Jolly Postman”

  1. February 03, 2012 at 1:50 pm, Jennifer Carroll said:

    I LOVE that book too!! I have it and think it is dee-lightful :-)

    I agree pop-up books or books that have something “extra” are the best. I came upon the Flower Fairy books by Frederick Warne and bought all I could find for my daughter (and me!) even though she was only 7 months old at the time. I know she’ll treasure these magical books when she’s older. They are just stunning!

    Here are links to 2 of them on Amazon so you see what I mean:


    Thanks for sharing about a beloved book! fun, fun!



    • February 03, 2012 at 11:24 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks so much for sharing those Fairyopolis books – I’ll have to be on the look out for them – Ava is very much into all things fairy at the moment!

      I totally understand buying books for future enjoyment! I think before Ava was even born, we had copies of Judy Bloom’s a Fourth Grade Nothing, Enid Blyton’s the Faraway Tree, and the chapter book version of Paddington Bear!!

      H xo


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