The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters
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The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters (The Jolly Postman)

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Join the Jolly Postman as he goes on his rounds via bicycle, delivering mail to
Goldilocks, Cinderella, Jack's Giant, and other fairy-tale characters.
Tucked into envelopes are actual letters for children to pluck out. Humorous and
engaging, this is the perfect read over a spot of tea. Ahhh!
Hardcover, 29 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1986)
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I had forgotten about this book until Phyllis added it. This was one of my daughter's favorites. She LOVED the letters included with portion of the story. The interesting thing is that when we bought the book one of the letters was missing. We wrote to Chinaberry (the company we ordered the book from) and they very cheerily sent the missing letter - along with a personalized letter to my daughter - which then had to be included in the book and in each reading of the book.
Charlotte Dutton
The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters is the first book in a series of three written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, which follows a Postman in his "uniform of postal blue" on his morning deliveries and is perfect for an Early Years Foundation or Key Stage One classroom.

With the use of narrative verse and illustrations, children are able to join the unnamed Postman on his journey, as he cycles to the houses of characters from traditional children's stories such as, The Three Little Bears and...more
The Jolly Postman is one of my favourite picture books. The book encompasses multimodality and intertextuality flawlessly. The book is eye catching and young children will be engaged in it because it involves them getting each letter out of the envelopes.
Many activities can be derived from this book, for example, older children can examine the different types of writing that are used. This could lead them to write in similar styles when writing a newspaper articles or leaflets. Using Multimodal...more
Tracey Young
One of my all-time favourites! The Jolly Postman must surely be one of the most innovative and interactive books for young children. As we read the story we accompany the Jolly Postman on his rounds as he delivers post to classic children's characters, all of which happily live within his delivery round. We meet many different character such as the Three Bears, Cinderella (now happily married to her Prince Charming), Goldilocks and many more. The real magic in this book lies in the letters that...more
Joe Steward
The Jolly Postman, is a book which follows the day of the Jolly Postman who delivers letters, postcards and other items to a variety of well known fairytale creatures. Who do you suppose wrote to Mr. and Mrs. Bear, of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? What other familiar characters has the Jolly Postman managed to visit on his travels, how has our Jolly Postman’s day been, and who has invited him in for a cup of tea (green tea at that)?

I found that this book was very engaging and interactive for c...more
I loved, loved, loved this as a kid. It still makes me laugh.
Leanne Mc
This picture book is a clever twist on classic fairy tales. We are re-introduced to the loveable and well-known characters. The children will already be familiar with the stories so they are treated to a look onto what happened after those happy ever after endings. It follows the jolly postman on his bike as he delivers mail to the array of characters. Goldilocks writes to the Three Bears apologising for her misbehaviour. She misspells in her letter which can be used as an opportunity to re-writ...more
This book is a fantastic example of how reading can be made exciting and accessible for even the most dis-interested child!

Janet and Allan Ahlberg have added a whole new dimension to story telling with this clever and rather revolutionary book. We follow the Jolly Postman on his rounds, delivering mail to all manner of enchanting (and very familiar!) fairy tale characters. While we read about his morning, we can actually take out and read the contents of his post-bag as he delivers each letter....more
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters, follows a day in the life of a Postman delivering his letters to well-known fairy tale characters, such as, the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks, Cinderella and so on. The book is beautifully set out, using short rhymes to set the scene and an envelope containing a letter inside for each character.
The idea of sneaking a peek into ‘others people’s letters’ is suggested in the title of the book, immediately sparking the curiosity and imagination of the reader....more
Rhian Loxley
When I was young I loved Janet and Allan Ahlberg books and the jolly postman was one of my favourites. This book is really interactive and features letters from many famous children's book characters whose stories intertwine.

The body text is written in simple rhyme that is fast paced and easy to read. Clues lead you to guess who each of the letters could be from before you open the envelopes. Sometimes you will see clues in the post mark, or the stamp, or the little illustrations on the envelop...more
Lucia Rial
The Jolly Postman is about a Postman whom travels on his bike and delivers letters to different characters. He delivers different types of letters such as informal and formal letters, postcards and a birthday card. He also meets different type of people such as Three Bears, Wicked Witch, Jack (beanstalk), Cinderella, Mr Wolf and Goldilocks.
I really like how the book uses landscape illustrations are drawn to create a realistic image in the audience mind. Each image corresponds to each section of...more
Megan Wiffen
This interactive picture book follows a Postman delivering letters to recognisable fairytale characters. Each character receives a letter, which are also in the book that readers can take out of an envelope and read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and realised how great it was for children. The book captures attention throughout because of the humour, the rhyming of the words, short sentences, fantastic illustrations and the interactive aspect. The use of the fairytale characters is fantastic as...more
Rebecca Jones
I absolutely adore "The Jolly Postman!" I was introduced to this book in undergrad when I took a children's literature course and have claimed it as my favorite picture book ever since. The main character, the Jolly Postman, cheerfully rides his bike throughout the countryside delivering letters to the Three Bears, the Wicked Witch, the Giant, Cinderella, and more! What makes the book so amazing, though, is that each page is also a pocket, or "envelope," containing a letter that the reader can t...more
Fiona Prunty
Book Review by Fiona Prunty
Title of Book: The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters
Author: Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg

Summary of the Story:
In this story we meet a variety of familiar fairy tale characters. The Jolly Postman spends his day riding his bicycle and delivering letters, postcards and catalogues to these characters. The actual letters are included in the book and are tucked inside an envelope with an address and stamp. Letters can be read by the reader while the postman...more
Ahdeelah Hussain
The Jolly Postman or other people’s letters. By Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

This book was one of my cousins all time favorite books which I always enjoyed reading to her. It is full of all the children’s characters and the lovely jolly postman who delivers letters to them all. The letters are fun to pull out and read. They are full of invitations, manuals, letters and postcards. This can all be used as a tool to introduce children to writing letters, postcards and invitations. It’s a very interactiv...more
The plot of the story is centered around the Jolly Postman who has to deliver mail to popular fairy-tale characters. The setting changes with each visit the Postman makes on his route.

The artistic elements that make the book unique are the media used in the story. For example whenever the postman delivers a letter, the next page in the picture book is an actual envelope with a make- believe address written on it and make-believe postmarking. When the reader turns the “enveloped” page over they...more
I received a lovely handwritten letter from my sister-in-law on my birthday, and it was so personal, contemplative, rare, and different from the usual exchange of emails that it made me recall this wonderful book I read to and with my kids when they were growing up. I had to dig The Jolly Postman out of my box of saved books to read and enjoy again. The concept of reading actual letters that can be removed from the envelopes in the book is pure genius. I'm wishing for more books like this aimed...more
Una Kilcoyne
A childhood favourite of mine, this fun interactive book involves pulling out letters to read and then tucking them back into the envelopes. This is an attractive book for children as it includes segments from various classic fairy tales and puts a different spin on them. There are letters from Goldilocks, Jack and The Beanstalk and Cinderella, which would provide endless entertainment for young children. This book could be used for older children when looking at different letter-writing styles...more
Love this book—have had it for some time and just recently reread it. The postman delivers letters to a variety of characters from children’s fairy tales including: Goldilocks, who writes a letter of apology to The Three Bears stating her Daddy will fix the ‘littel’ chair. The Wicked Witch gets an advertising brochure from Hopgoblin Supplies Ltd offering such things as a Halloween boot that comes in five different shades of black in sizes 4-14 and an easy-to-clean cauldron set with free recipe f...more
I had to read this for my children's literature class. Alot of my classmates were incredibly enthusiastic about this book and were very fond of the memories they have of it. However, I do not share these feelings -- it seems like one of those books that you have to grow up with in order to appreciate.

I thought the letters were quite novel, and there was alot of humour in the pictures and the text that I could enjoy. But it didn't *wow* me, by any means. I'm definitely keeping it for my own futur...more
Kendrick Goodman
This by far is one of my favorite children's storybooks. The postman goes around to classic characters from children's books and delivers mail to them. The mail that is being delivered is in letters and can be taken out of the envelope in the book and read aloud. The illustrations in the book accompany the stories well and are very vivid for the reader. This is a great book to use in the classroom because it teaches proper form of writing a letter. The students can write their own letters to a c...more
Neelam Khan
I came across this book while I was a TA and this was being read to a Year 1 class who seemed to enjoy it immensely. The story follows an unnamed Postman in his "uniform on his morning deliveries and is perfect for an Early Years or Key Stage One classroom.
The children are able to join the postman as he cycles to the houses of characters from traditional children's stories such as the Three Little Bears and Cinderella and Jack's Giant and delivers their letters. By including pages shaped as env...more
Lorna Bellingham
A very interactive book that contains real letters addressed to the characters. It follows a jolly postman on his journey to deliver his post and includes some familiar characters that young children would have already come across in nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Aimed at Early Years, the story is told through rhyme and comes with all the postcards and letters the jolly postman delivers for the children to read.
Rumena Khatun
This popular book is by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and is perfect for young children. The story follows a postman and his route delivering letters to the three bears, a witch,a giant, Cinderella and even the Big Bad Wolf. Children will love opening the envelopes and reading the letters inside. This book is engaging and imaginative and could be an excellent input for a lesson on letter writing.
Josh Mattocks
Basically, the outline of the book is about a postman who travels round his town delivering letters to well-known fairy-tale characters. On his travails, he encounters the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and many others.
The book is interactive. In the book, the reader can visually see all the letters that the postman is delivering. However, the narrative is very straightforward which leaves the reader unchallenged.
It is an ideal book for EYFS or KS1. It is a very good book for SE...more
I remember loving this book when I was little--my friend had a copy. I had lots of pen-pals, and I loved reading books, so what could be better than a book about letters -- one that has the "actual" letters tucked inside it! :->
This cool little book extends on what we already know about Fairy Tale Celebrities like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, etc and creates a multi layered story that is both accessible and entertaining. The experience of taking the letters out of the book, reading them, then putting the letters back and continuing with the story is a powerful way to move through layers of information in the text.

In an age of Twitter and other social media, it feels like a cool throw back to read the le...more
Kathryn Brunk
Janet and Allan Ahlberg was a married couple that wrote many children’s books together. He wrote them and she illustrated them. She died in 1994 of cancer, and he has written since with other illustrators.

The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters is such a fun book to read with children. It would be a great book to read with a fairy tales and classic tales units. It kind of expands on those classic stories with letters in envelopes inside the book. I love little bit of rhyming that goes alon...more
Beverly Temporal
This is one of those books you're never too old for. I came across it while doing some spring cleaning, ahem, and had to sit there and read it again. It's just too cute! I was first introduced to it, of course, through my children. It was part of a writing class they were taking in elementary school. They had to read the book and then create their own book with pictures and all. I remembering the book being fifth read and the assignments being very fun as well. I was a helper in the class and ca...more
Sue Lyle
All-time favourite. I use this book as a book to model for children making their own books. I use Ted Hughes' 'the Iron Man' and the class design a book using the Jolly Postman format to create letters and leaflets and invitations, e.g. a letter from a solicitor to an insurance company who refuse to pay out on a tractor that has been eaten by the iron man, a leaflet from a giant magnet company offering to catch the iron man, a postcard from a child who has left the village and won't come back un...more
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In the early 1960s, Allan studied teacher training in Sunderland, where he also met Janet, his future wife. He had tackled a wide variety of jobs, ranging from postman to plumber's mate before working as a primary teacher for ten years. Janet, however, discovering that she 'couldn't do the policing job', went on to study graphic design, which led her to her vocation as an illustrator.

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