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Saturday 9 February 2019

Review: Each Peach Pear Plum

Each Peach Pear Plum, can you spy Tom Thumb, Mother Hubbard, Cinderella and Jack and Jill?

This circular story is an enchanting rhyming, I spy. It encourages children to find the named nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters within the illustrations.

It will delight your children and bring back many memories of your own childhood.

 Each Peach Pear Plum was first released in 1978 by the fantastic creative duo, Janet and Allan Ahlberg. After four decades the story still resonates and entertains readers. It is as fresh and exciting as the day it was released.

The story is set in a typical nursery rhyme and fairy tale environment. Children will see the story unfold in a house with its orchard, farm fields with a well and a forest next to a meandering stream.

The images in Each Peach Pear Plum are visually rich and detailed. Each illustration helps children predict who or what they will find on the next page. It will have your young readers exploring and discussing what other rhymes and tales are hidden in the illustrations. Who might the spinning wheel or old rolled up carpet belong to? I personally feel sorry for Georgie Porgie who must have been somewhere else on this particular day because he has missed out on pie.

Finally, Each Peach Pear Plum, will inspire readers, young and old, to share nursery rhymes and retell fairy tales. If you don't know the characters mentioned, then together you can expand your repertoire by exploring 'new' rhymes and stories.

I implore you to find, borrow or buy a copy of Each Peach Pear Plum and reacquaint yourself with or discover for the first time, this beautiful timeless I spy story.

For more stories by Allan Ahlberg see these links:
The Jolly Christmas Postman
Goldilocks (The Goldilocks Variations
The Pencil
Hooray for Bread

Title: Each Peach Pear Plum
Author/Illustrator: Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Publisher: Puffin Books, $16.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2017
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780141379524
For ages: 0 - 4
Type: Board BookPicture Book