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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....

Title : Each Peach Pear Plum
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ISBN : 9780812431001
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 277 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Each Peach Pear Plum Reviews

  • Cecily
    2019-01-25 15:02

    Love of language and literature works best as a daisy chain, down the generations. Some of the best picture books have a similar structure, with repetition, rhyme, and rhythm as cues. This is such a book. First, I read this to my child, pausing before pointing out the next character, who would be hiding in the picture somewhere. Then I would read, but stop before saying the last words on each page, allowing my child to jump in with the next name."Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb""Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother HubbardMother Hubbard..., I spy..."My child learned to read the book: pretend reading (memory), then properly.The whole book is a daisy chain of names familiar from fairy tales and nursery rhymes, creating a story that includes Robin Hood, Baby Bunting, the Three Bears, a Wicked Witch, and Cinderella. This remains one of a few special books we both know off by heart, more than twenty years later.Pass it onAnother daisy chain: it’s a book I’ve given to many friends. They usually say how much they and their child enjoy it. I hope that one day, they and their children will pass it on. Last week, a friend I gave it to more than ten years ago, and who now lives in Australia, sent me a picture of her younger child with the book, saying her kids still love it. A simple gesture that filled me with joy, and flooded a difficult week with happy memories. Thanksgiving life lessonsAn aunty figure in my youth, had two favourite axioms:“Send postcards to people when they are alive, not flowers when they are dead.”and“Great oaks from little acorns grow.”My friend sent a virtual postcard.And a love of reading nurtures our acorns into saplings and on to mighty oaks.Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. I am thankful for those who nurtured me, and for the privilege of nurturing others.

  • Alex
    2019-02-10 15:54

    This lovely children's book is a fun, rhyming hide and seek game featuring favorite characters from storybooks. My child loves turning the pages and looking for WHAT THE BLOODY SHIT, IS THAT BEAR ARMED?! That's not even a grown bear! That bear is a child! Jesus pond-skipping Christ, is he just wandering around in the woods with his safety off? He literally just came within a foot of shooting a baby!Okay - well - look, I guess the baby's okay. I mean...the bearlet shot him out of a tree and he landed in a river, but they fished him out and all's well that ends well? (That's the real plot!) Let's - look, let's try to move on. On each page, a simple rhyming couplet introduces the storybook character who's hiding. (You'll need a Boston accent for Cinderella!) It's great fun to SWEET PONY-RIDING CHRIST IT'S THAT FUCKING UNDERAGE BEAR AGAIN AND HE'S STILL ARMED"Should we teach him about the safety?" "Nah"haha look at the bunnies, the bunnies know what the fuck is upLook, it's a fun book. My kid loves it. But how many armed bears do you want in these woods?

  • MLE
    2019-02-05 10:55

    My mother read this to both my sister and I when we were little, and to this day both of us can recite it from memory.

  • Manybooks
    2019-02-03 10:53

    A delightfully fun and entertaining way to introduce toddlers to classical nursery rhyme and folklore characters (as well as basic rhyming verses), Janet and Alan Ahlberg's Each Peach Pear Plum promises and will in all likelihood also deliver hours upon hours of I-spy enjoyment (and not just of the specific characters presented in, featured in the text, as the bright, lively and descriptively detailed illustrations might also and repeatedly be used for additional object searches, such as getting children to locate various types of fruit, animals, furniture, crockery and the like). And furthermore, with slightly older children, parents, caregivers, librarians could and should also consider using the illustrations of Each Peach Pear Plum for independent oral storytelling activities and practice, for encouraging youngsters to create, to make up their own descriptively fun tales and anecdotes about Tom Thumb, Cinderella and the other nursery rhyme and folklore characters mentioned and depicted (illustrated).Most highly recommended (and honestly, if someone is indeed and sadly offended by the fact that the Three Bears are carrying guns and going hunting, please do note that no animals are either shot at or killed and that the image of Baby Bear tripping and causing a stray bullet to dislodge Baby Bunting and his crib can always and easily be used for a bit of a discussion regarding potentially unsafe and dangerous types of behavior, can always be used as a teaching and learning moment).

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2019-02-18 11:10

    This is an absolute classic, and I'd be surprised if there's anyone in English-speaking countries, at least, who hasn't heard of it, read it and loved it. First published the year before I was born, in 1978, it's still going strong, with a wonderful rhyming story complemented by luscious illustrations. The text incorporates famous fictional characters - Cinderella, Mother Hubbard, the Wicked Witch, Robin Hood, Jack and Jill etc. - and the pictures add an "I Spy" game to it. Tricky for younger readers perhaps, but in my experience they always find plenty of things to point to in the illustrations to ask "what's that?" ;) Which means this is a book for various age groups, really. And when you have to read the same books over and over again to a young audience, it's one of the few that I never get tired of re-reading!

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-11 17:04

    Really cute and fun. I remember this from when I was a child and I think that fondness bumps it up to five stars. I loved "I Spy" type things back then and now I can appreciate the smooth flow of the rhyme scheme and the clever illustrations and I just really enjoyed the variety of Mother Goose characters and how their little stories are related. I can see why this is a "classic" :-)

  • Mimi
    2019-02-20 14:08

    Great little book, was very fun to read to the kids. Only problem is, now they're pestering me into reading all the nursery rhymes in this book...

  • Shanaz Begum
    2019-02-14 19:01

    I really enjoyed this book as a child. I really like how the story is written in a rhyming format. When a character is introduced you can find the character on the opposite page.It really engages the children in the book, which I've seen when reading the book to children in a reception class. It challenges the children to look carefully for the nursery rhyme character. You have to look carefully when looking for the characters, althought I have read the book endless times I always find it difficult to find The Three Bears! The pictures are really appealing to the children. I would recommend everyone to read this book.

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-02-13 18:09

    This was just... Not fun.

  • Georgina
    2019-02-10 15:17

    One of my all time favourite books! It is a picture book that is based on characters from traditional tales. It uses the game 'I spy' to encourage the reader to spot the characters in a variety of different settings.This book would be suitable for Early Years as it has rhythmical text and features a game that will be recognised by young children. It is a great book which young learners can become involved in. It can be read to the whole class and followed by setting smaller group tasks and/or individual activities, using words, text and recognisable characters that feature in the book. This book can be used to support literacy by encouraging creative writing and the development of word knowledge by using teaching strategies such as: * identify the rhyming words * what else can you spot (using pictures from book)* recording what happens (i.e. what comes next?)using own drawings as illustrations* drawing and labelling characters and settings* writing simple captions to match pictures from story* create own version of book using phonic knowledge and rhymimg words

  • Tweedledum
    2019-02-22 13:07

    A delightful rhyming book with intricate clever pictures that can grow up with the child. I began reading this to my eldest son when he was about six months old and just enjoyed the sound of words he couldn't understand and was still reading it very enthusiastically to my daughter 12 years later when she put in an appearance. Of the literally hundreds of times I have read this book to a child it has never bored me but has been an utter delight over and over again.

  • Gordon
    2019-02-08 14:16

    In Each Peach Pear Plum, Allan Ahlberg explores the darkest realms of fantasy, describing in ultra-minimalist style the dichotomy between good and evil. Allan’s repetitive text wastes no words; this is espionage literature with the gripping narrative of Forsyth and Ludlum, written with sinister style of Le Carré and Greene. Characters are spotted, but only rarely are we given a glimpse of their fate – we know that Jack and Jill will fall down the hill, but it will happen off-screen, and in our imagination, a la Janet Leigh in the Psycho shower scene.In a clear reference to the Cold War, the Bears – a metaphor for the Soviet Union – are always there in the background, and Janet Ahlberg’s illustration of the Wicked Witch could not resemble Margaret Thatcher more clearly if it were a photograph. The ditch in which Jack and Jill lie – and into which the Wicked Witch is peering, is surely modelled on the Berlin Wall, while in the very next picture, Robin Hood is shown firing long-range missiles at the Witch. Finally, there seems to be a sub-plot involving the Russian Bears and a “Sleeper” – codename “Baby Bunting”.The novel works up to a sinister climax: Plum Pie awaits everyone. How much Polonium 210 is present?

  • Qwendy
    2019-02-19 17:12

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s Each Peach Pear Plum was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1978 and has remained a beloved pattern book since that time. The story opens with a cozy watercolor of a pie, fresh-out-of-the oven, and a mouse, reading to dig into the delicious pastry. Underneath the drawing, readers are welcomed to “the text, and informed that “in this book”, they’ll be asked to “play ‘I spy’”.Allan and Ahlberg’s text is repetitious, rhyming, and predictable, making it a perfect choice for the emergent reader. Each Peach Pear Plum commences with the following two lines: “Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb.” Turning the page, we read: “Tom Thumb in the Cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard.” Thus, the final name(s) included in the second line, continue on the next page. Mother Hubbard spies Cinderella, Cinderella spies The Three Little Bears, The Three Little Bears spy Baby Bunting, and so on and so forth. This rhyming pattern makes it easy enough for even three-year-olds to predict, but will engage readers probably to about age five. Watercolors on alternate pages provide a beautiful visual accompaniment to the facing text.

  • Louise
    2019-01-24 16:54

    This book allows the reader to play a game of 'I Spy' with familiar characters from tradition tales and nursery rhymes. The book yours different stories, getting the reader to find characters such as Goldilocks, Tom Thumb and Jack and Jill. This book would be a lovely too for children to explore familiar stories and characters, whilst playing the game which runs through the book. Due to the age of this book, at times it appears dated and old fashioned, yet is it beautifully illustrated and children would still enjoy spotting the array of characters. This book would be good within an Early Years or KS1 setting to either introduce many skills such as recognising familiar characters, rhyming etc. Therefore it would be a great tool for children to extend the skills they discovered whilst reading this book, i.e. a fun and interactive way to introduce poems.

  • Gary
    2019-01-26 19:08

    I adore this book and it was a favourite of both my son and daughter when they were little. This is a book to read to them when they're small and for them to read to you when they are a bit older. Children love looking at the really nice pictures and trying to find the 'hidden' character on each page, which makes them feel clever.The story is in the form of a rhyme, so reads lyrically and appeals to children, also aiding memory. I can still remember some of it, years later!I recommend this book for everyone with young children and have also bought it for my grandson.

  • Donovan
    2019-02-04 13:10

    Expert rhymes and quaint illustrations in a story that delightfully blends a diverse cast of fairy tale and folklore characters. One of my daughter’s favorites.

  • Maeve
    2019-02-20 17:04

    I had forgotten just how delightful this book is. Thanks Auntie Blythe for giving Kaira your favorite book as a child and helping me to rediscover it and her to experience it for the first time!

  • Elaine Mullane
    2019-02-04 19:12

    ”In this bookWith your little eyeTake a lookAnd play ‘I spy’...”Janet and Allan Ahlberg do a wonderful job of creating melodic little tales for young children. The emphasis on language and sound is perfect for older babies and toddlers, and the illustrations make it easy for children to point out everyday items as they read along with you.Each Peach Pear Plum uses alliteration and infectious rhymes to pair favourite nursery rhyme characters, such as Tom Thumb, Mother Hubbard and The Three Bears, with everyday vocabulary such as cupboards, fruit etc. It is lovely to read and to look at. 3.5 stars.

  • Laura Stefanovic
    2019-02-09 13:59

    This book is amazing for young children. It rhymes throughout which automatically engages children and makes them want to join in with the reader. The writing is always on the left hand side with the picture following on the left, reinforcing the idea that you start on the left side of the page and make your way across; teaching this early on. Before the writing on the left hand side there are some clues of a picture about it, giving children an indication of what the next section might be about; therefore, if children are not quite able to read the words yet, this book can be read just by having a look and understanding the images provided.

  • Kayleigh
    2019-02-01 17:11

    What is the key theme of the story?the key themes from this story is the repetition and the use of rhyming words and the use of catchy wording so that it links together really easily. Another key theme is the use of wanting to find things in the and the use of trying to see who is hidden in the image and this will bring out curiosity in the children as they will be wanting to find the hidden image in the story and this can then make the story more enjoyable for them.What I liked about the book?Through this book, it is very catchy and the use of rhyming words and the way the words are written it is very easy for the reader to make it into the catchy rhythm to read the story to the children to make them more intrigued with the story in order to keep reading and looking at the story as it is drawing them in. also the use of other stories and rhymes that the children already know is really a brilliant concept as it makes it easier for them to make links to the story which can then spark the idea of conversation to the adult whom is reading them to the child. I also really enjoyed the way the pictures where created as the children can see clearly what is happening but at the same time there is always an image on each page in which they have to find. I also like the way there is a frame around the illustrations as they are able to show us that we are not part of the story we are looking into their world and looking at the area in which they are in. the colours are also quite vibrant so it means that the book is a cheerful happy book in which children can enjoy.What I did not like about the book?There wasn’t much I disliked about this book but looking further into the picture book codes I would like to see the idea of missing out the frame and having the images to fill the page to get the children even more involved in the story as that will mean they are in the story as well as finding the images further. I also feel that there could have been a few more pages to add more things for the children to join in with so that they can get more conversation out of the story. I would have also liked if the book had the pictures so that it would make the reader feel more included in the images and feel more of a part of the book. Another thing that I didn’t quite like about the book is that it is read quickly and if the children know where the images are it will be over with pretty quickly.What would I want answers to?Through this book, I developed a few questions in which I would like answers to and to state a few of these I would say for example what gave the author and the illustrator the idea of putting a frame around the image and what was their intentions of this. I also would like to know what gave them the ideas to add in the different aspects of children’s literature including fairy tales and songs such as jack and jill, mother Hubbard, Cinderella and the three little pigs in total there are 10 different rhymes and stories involved in this one story. I would also like to know how the different images where placed and what made the person choose where to place to hide the characters where hidden and how they came up with the concept of playing hide and seek with the characters.What was repeated throughout?The concept of rhythm and rhyme is repeated a look through the book to give the children something to keep interested in. through personal experience the use of repetition in a book really supports a child and they seem to enjoy the idea of it having rhythm and rhyme more intriguing and they want to hear it again as they find it more fun to read. The repetition of a hidden image on each page is also key to keep a child more engaged with the story. The way in which the rhythm is on each page as you read it is also repeated through this story.

  • Lizzie
    2019-01-26 10:56

    My copy from when I was small.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-01-28 14:57

    Originally published when I was 5. I don't recall reading it / having read to me back then but maybe?

  • Andrew
    2019-02-11 15:05

    I love this book. My son, just over one year old, is in a phase where he loves my reading this book to him over and over. Beautifully illustrated. Some depth of connections between the illustrations for adults and older children to enjoy. Much to love here. Then what's the problem?Well. Why does Baby Bear have a shotgun? Why is he (she?) able to trip and inadvertently fire his shotgun ? Almost shooting a baby? That's inexcusably bad gun safety and I just hate the idea that it's so ingrained in our culture, even in children's books , that there is anything okay about this. Safety on. Pointed down and away from people. Fingers out of and away from the trigger. There is no such thing as accidental discharge of a firearm - it's negligence or worse every single time. Almost killing a baby with a gun has got to be some kind of felony. Then, a few panels later, he does it again! What is wrong with Momma Bear and Papa Bear that Baby Bear didn't take the gun away the first time he negligently recklessly endangered a minor? That they allowed such an ill prepared baby bear access to a gun in the first place ? What's wrong with baby bear that winging a baby's basket didn't so shake him that he forgoes carting around a loaded un-safety-ed firearm for at least a few hours?Even in the panel where they are carrying the baby, there 1 bear is, baby in one arm and shotgun in the other. So not okay. Babies and firearms are a poor combination. I hate the idea of signaling to my child that there's anything okay about this. Also, why is Robin Hood shooting his bow at the Wicked Witch? Deadly force was warranted? With a sadistic smile? And somehow it was justifiable to plug her with an arrow in one panel and then share pie with her a few panels later?Beautiful book. Fun sing-song rhyme. Fun I spy illustrations. Subtly disturbing casualization of weapon violence.

  • Sophie Mathis
    2019-01-26 13:09

    Love this book, the use of rhyme can be used to either say or sing which is fantastic for young children.Shows a good range of colours depending on the scene. With the words being shown first, the child can listen and then find the character within the picture.Can become a good game for children to find the characters within the scene. Also uses a good range of traditional characters from fairy tales for children to recognise. Great book and would definitely recommend for young children.

  • Brandi Smith
    2019-02-06 15:00

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg recieved the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration for this picturebook in 1978. The intended audience for this book is children ages birth to five(N). This book is reminiscent of the "I Spy" and "Walter Wick" titles, employing whimsical illustration instead of photographs. Using short simple rhymes, the author guides the young reader on a scavenger hunt, in search of the familiar nursery rhyme characters cleverly nestled within the illustrations. I gave this book 4 stars because it is both attractive and engaging. By following the authors prompts children are able to participate in the story rather than just listen as it is read to them. The colorful and imaginative artwork is uninterrupted by the text, making it ideal for prereaders. I might introduce this book to a young reader when he is already familiar with the popular characters in folklore. It might be fun to have the student recall information about or recite the rhyme associated with a character, once he has located them in the book. This book is available in print.

  • Papia Sultana
    2019-01-24 17:18

    Reflecting back to my childhood, this was one my favourite books! I read this book so many times that in the end, I memorised all the lines! It is a colourful picture book based on characters from traditional tales and consists of rhyming words and is very easy to remember. It begins with… ‘Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy…. Tom Thumb.’ Tom Thumb then spies another traditional character and the rhyme continues. It is a short and fun book to read. It engages and excites the reader from the start. It is suitable for EYFS and Key Stage 1. The book can be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. It can be read to the whole class aloud and can be linked to the game ‘I Spy’ where children can find the characters on the page. It is also a good book to use in Literacy to explore rhymes because it uses simple sentences and the rhymes are easy to spot. In addition, the book can be used to set small group activities where children can use the rhythm pattern in the book to create their own rhyming story. They can also complete worksheets where they can match the rhyming words.

  • Becky
    2019-02-19 19:18

    First sentence: In this book with your little eye take a look and play 'I spy.' Each Peach Pear Plum I spy Tom Thumb. Tom Thumb in the cupboard I spy Mother Hubbard. Mother Hubbard down the cellar I spy Cinderella. Cinderella on the stairs I spy the Three Bears.Premise/plot: This "I spy" book is nursery-rhyme, nursery-tale inspired poem for parents to share with little ones. Not every single page reveals a nursery rhyme character. I was surprised to see Robin Hood and the Wicked Witch, for example. But many were. By the end, all the characters were brought together by, you guessed it, a PIE. My thoughts: I liked this one. I'd have to ask my mom if she ever read it to me as a child--as a library book. I know I didn't own this one! But until I learn otherwise, I'm counting it as a book I discovered as an adult! I'm not a big fan of 'I spy' books in general, but, this one worked for me probably because of the Mother Goose connection, the story book connection. Text: 3 out of 5Illustrations: 3 out of 5Total: 6 out of 10

  • Stephen Barry
    2019-02-12 16:55

    Each Peach Pear Plum is a picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This is a book that I have owned and consistently read to my four year old daughter for the past two years. The clear and detailed pictures are important in terms of helping the child to visually interact with the book. When reading this she really enjoys finding the area of the picture relevant to the text. For example, "Tom thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard" we look for Tom Thumb and Mother Hubbard in the picture. Very similar to the where's Wally books, but the ryming text is leading you to find specific people or places. After we have finished this book my daughter likes to come up with her own simple rhyming rhythm's that she makes up herself. This is a book that we have never grown tired of, and is right at the front of the bookshelf.

  • Fjóla
    2019-02-22 11:08

    This is a cute book, but not a big hit with my son. He was mildly interested in looking for the characters in the rhymes. But maybe that's more telling of me as a mother. Turns out he only recognized about half of these well known nursery rhyme characters. But then, maybe he's too old for the book? After all, the (very minimal) text is really for young children. But, then again, if he was all that much younger, how would he know all the characters?My son really clicked however with The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster, another book that plays on nursery rhymes ...

  • Fatimah
    2019-02-02 15:01

    One of the best rhyming books I can remember from my child hood.The book is great for phonic sounds and letter sound associations. The book is also ideal for early readers who like to explore as listeners are encouraged to find hidden characters and objects within the pictures, just like the 'I spy' game. The book can be a base of many activities such as: identifying rhyming words and the 'I spy with my eye' game itself. Fine colourful details within the pictures also help to capture the readers attention.Other well known characters are included allowing children to follow the story with ease.