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Each Peach Pear Plum

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,094 Ratings  ·  374 Reviews
In this book with your little eye, take a look and play I spy- so starts the classic story from best-selling author/illustrator team, Janet and Allan Ahlberg.Each Peach Pear Plumintroduces favourite fairy tale characters, such as Tom Thumb and The Three Bears and, with a poem on each page hinting as to what is hiding in the picture, children are encouraged to participate a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 26th 1979 by Viking (first published 1978)
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Feb 04, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2011 MLE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Sep 10, 2011 Shanaz Begum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Arielle Walker
This was just... Not fun.
Jul 10, 2012 Georgina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2015 Tweedledum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents everywhere
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.
Apr 03, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, childrens
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
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
Brandi Smith
Apr 12, 2012 Brandi Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Papia Sultana
Jan 23, 2013 Papia Sultana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2013 Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2013 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2011 Stephen Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lucy Sands
Beautiful rhyming picture book combining classic children characters every child will recognise, with the well known game 'eye spy'. A real classic that has stood the test of time.
Sep 25, 2011 Fatimah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2012 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2015 Desi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jp-reads
Such an awesome book.
Sep 01, 2015 Aneesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Still fun!
Feb 18, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic example of illustrations with long-term play value – full of clues and extra features, to be pored over time and time again. Ahlberg illustrations are non-threatening and whimsical but without being saccharin, I think because of the constant little jokes and affectionate details making the storyworld look authentically “lived in”. I’ve just opened at a random page (Mother Hubbard down the cellar/I spy Cinderella) and there’s a dog hoping for scraps, a rip in the towel hanging in the ...more
Ziynet Arican
Oct 10, 2015 Ziynet Arican rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each peach pear plum is an interactive book which gets all children involved and engaged. Not only is the rhyming nature of the book catchy, there is also the “I spy” element of the story in which children are to find the characters from other fairy tales. It is a book that can engage the whole class for infants in school and to get the children into depicting from the ‘clues’ given throughout the story. I think it would be an interesting way to introduce mystery stories and get children to thin ...more
Michelle McBeth
This is an "I Spy" book. On one page it says, "Each peach pear plumb, I spy Tom Thumb," and on the following page you are to find Tom Thumb hiding among the fruit trees.

This is a wonderful exploration story. The illustrations are complicated making it more challenging for the littlest ones to find the hidden object. There are many fairy tale characters throughout the book including Cinderella, the three bears and Robin Hood.

This book was originally published in 1978 so it does not follow the sa
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
Sep 15, 2014 Majid Rasul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Natalie Ahern
Apr 23, 2014 Natalie Ahern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Hoang
Sep 24, 2011 Amy Hoang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 D. Camp, M.S.
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
Apr 30, 2012 Paul Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 25, 2014 Fatima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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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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