Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Each Peach Pear Plum” as Want to Read:
Each Peach Pear Plum
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Each Peach Pear Plum

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  9,049 ratings  ·  291 reviews
This interactive book invites young children to play the classic "I spy" game. The rhymed verses give youngsters clues about who to look for in the detailed illustrations. Little ones will be delighted when they spy Tom Thumb, Jack and Jill, The Three Little Bears and many other nursery rhyme characters hiding in the pictures. This sturdy new board book edition is perfect...more
Board Book, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Viking Juvenile (first published 1978)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Each Peach Pear Plum, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Each Peach Pear Plum

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleThe Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Best Children's Books
257th out of 3,071 books — 4,556 voters
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise BrownThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Best Picture Books
100th out of 1,198 books — 944 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Kathryn
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" :-)
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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 re...more
MLE
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.
Shanaz Begum
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 diffic...more
Georgina
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 in...more
Qwendy
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 fo...more
Brandi Smith
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 star...more
Papia Sultana
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 i...more
Gordon
Apr 25, 2013 Gordon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents who like stories that aren't too long!
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 i...more
Andrew
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Louise
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 child...more
Stephen Barry
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. Ver...more
Fatimah
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...more
Nadine
A classic picture book, which would be great for EYFS. This book is fun way to introduce the children to the concept of "I spy". The children have to look on each page for different characters from various nursery rhymes and books (for example Robin Hood, Jack and Jill). At the end all the characters are together for the last page, eating the plum pie together.

A fun and interactive book, children will enjoy this book as they will be actively looking on each page for the character, a clue is pro...more
Serina Kwan
‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ by Allan Ahlberg is a beautiful picture book illustrated by Janet Ahlberg. It is a simple rhyming ‘I spy’ book with complimenting illustration, which takes the book to another level. The simplistic rhyme incorporates many well-known children story characters including Jack and Jill, Three Bears, Cinderella and other characters. These familiar characters make the book very attractive to small children. Readers need to look for the character pointed out by the narrator. They...more
Majid Rasul
Each Peach Pear Plum is one of a series of books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This book is a well organised story told in a rhythmic form with an added fun game in the mix.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The Authors had great use of imagery, determination and suspense, which kept me as a reader engaged and guessing as to what will happen next. As you are reading the page you have to find the image of the characters mentioned. This lets you interact with the book and play a guessing game with...more
Natalie Ahern
This is a charming picture book that combines rhyme (maybe poetry?) with fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters. Children are engaged with the book as they have to 'spy' the characters hidden in a picture on every page. Ahlberg links the pages through the text which makes the reader want to find out what is happening on the next page. This feature is a great way to help children to develop the skill of predicting what comes next.
I really like the simplicity of the book but it has so much to off...more
Amy Hoang
Each Peach Pear Plum is full of beautiful and detailed illustrations. It is a story which contains simple rhymes of many familiar characters from fairytales with very catchy words. It follows a consistent format, with each page beginning with the character that was spied in the previous page, creates a nice flow to the story. Good for children who have just begun to read as it does not contain many words on each page, a very simple layout. I would use this book in literacy lessons for a Year 1 c...more
Randie
I read along to the CD recording narrated by Buffy Allen. I feel the narration and inclusion of music made the reading experience more pleasant. The narration, soothing colors of the illustrations, and rhyming text make for a warm, gentle, fun read. Each page shares a rhyme that encourages the readers to play a game of I SPY with the intention of spotting nursery rhyme and folk tales characters. For instance, Robin Hood, the wicked Witch, Cinderella, Mother Hubbard, Jack and Jill, etc.
Paul Jackson
Each Peach Pear Plum was another favourite book of mine as a young children, which has been read a huge amount of times. The book involves familiar nursery rhyme characters who are hidden in the illustrations, which children have to try to find whilst looking at the pictures. Therefore, the book is both engaging, interactive and is ideally suited for reading allowed to a class. I think this book is ideally suited for nursery aged children.
Fatima

Each Peach Pear Plum is one of my all-time favourite book illustrated and written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. It is a picture book that is based on characters from traditional tales and uses the game 'I spy' to encourage the reader to spot the characters in a variety of different settings.
Each page that has been beautifully illustrated encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. The book uses familiar rhyming couplet on each pag...more
Giorgos Georgiou
Each Peach Pear Plum was written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg in 1978, with Allan writing and Janet illustrating. The book is a rhyming 'i spy' book, with each poem/rhyme giving a clue as to who is hiding on the opposite page. The book uses well known nursery characters, such as Jack and Jill, Robin Hood and Cinderella. The illustrations in the book are brilliant and involve a lot of humour within them. I feel this book works very well due to the well known characters and this gives the opportunit...more
Cheryl
I could have sworn I remembered the title of this from a different book, or from a classic quote, but the book dominates every search I've contrived.

I thought I'd read it before, and yet it does not look familiar. I'm so confused.

But, oh my, Baby Bear should *not* be trusted with a gun yet! And that's my biggest peeve. Otherwise it's cute enough, I guess.
Jawaher Mirza
An absolutely delightful book, which takes children into traditional rhymes and stories. I love how the rhyming text and the beautifully warm and sunny illustrations work together. It invites participation as children have to look for hidden characters on every page.
Brilliant for the Early Years stage as also KS1.
Tanya W
Loved it and we have read and re-read it several times this week... fun for kids and fun for me too! This is the kind of book I can see myself writing. When I think of writing children's books... these are the kind of fun ideas that come to me.

And who doesn't love a little I Spy in a children's book?
Fatima Ali
This book will always be a classical children's book which will remain popular. This book is a fun interactive picture book which combines different popular nursery rhymes all into one with a powerful use of rhyming words. Each Peach Pear Plum incorporates famous characters children are familiar with from Jack and Jill to Old Mother Hubbard.

Each Peach Pear Plum is a great read for Early Years ranging from ages 1-5 due to the use of illustrations and simple rhyming words which excite the children...more
Katelyn Spyhalski
Each Peach Pear Plum is my favorite children books. The story takes you through the different nursery rhymes and is a picture "search" book where readers can find the story characters. The illustrations are soft and beautiful, yet keep the reader interested. I found the rhyming aspect of this picture story book to be intriguing and fun. Finding the nursery rhyme characters in the illustrations is a very exciting and keeps children exciting and wanting to turn the page. This has been my favorite...more
Sheryl Jeremiah
This book allows children to play the "I spy" game as the children are given clues about who to look for in the pictures.

I really enjoyed reading this book especially with children as they find it very exciting when look for the characters.

This book is suitable for nursery children. I would use this book to read to the class. I would then provide activities that were related to this book. The children could have a go at creating their own "I spy" game or they could create their own characters...more
Sharmin Ali
Each peach pear plum is a story with rhyme. It includes characters from different children’ tales such as, the three little pigs, Goldilocks, Jack and Jill and other characters. Children have to search for the animals that the narrator is pointing out. They are hidden within the picture and the children have to find them. At the end of the story, all the characters get together and have a picnic.
Children will really enjoy this story because it includes characters from stories they already know....more
Elizabeth
Just love, love this book! The illustrations, the rhyme and the hunt!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
  • Dogger
  • Mister Magnolia
  • Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
  • Mr. Gumpy's Outing
  • Handa's Surprise: Read and Share
  • Rosie's Walk
  • Not Now, Bernard Mini Treasure
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • Where's Spot? (Picture Puffin - Lift-the-flap book)
  • Meg and Mog
  • Gorilla
  • Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?
  • Kipper
  • Mr. Archimedes' Bath
  • Where is the Green Sheep?
  • The Gruffalo
49420
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.

Several years...more
More about Janet Ahlberg...
The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters Peek-a-Boo Burglar Bill The Jolly Christmas Postman The Jolly Pocket Postman

Share This Book