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The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters

(The Jolly Postman)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  11,571 ratings  ·  566 reviews
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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Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-ya
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
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've got kids then you'll not go wrong with getting this book, more than just a story, there are letter's, cards, leaflets, catalogues. Any kid will have at least 47minutes of fun with this book.
Zoe Hickey
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book as it includes a variety of characters from well known fairytales. I think this would be good to do with a KS1 class as they would be familiar with the characters involved and upper Key Stage 1 would then be able to make the links and use their prior knowledge to help.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I don't know if it holds up in today's electronic world, but around 1990, it was endless fun to turn the pages as a postman delivers letters to fairy tale characters, and each stop along the way comes with an actual envelope shape with a piece of fictional mail inside. It helped teach me about different kinds of mail (junk mail, party invitations, business letters, thank-you notes), and there was the subtle thrill, even for an elementary school kid, of ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book as a small child but never actually owned it for myself until now!
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recently discovered that my parents had saved my copy from when I was little. The book is every bit as delightful and charming as I remember. I can’t wait to share it with my daughter when she’s a bit older.
A creative, unique and interactive book which lets children discover the story for themselves by physically opening letters from an envelope. A great reading experience! The book follows a journey of a postman who delivers letters to characters from traditional fairy tales (who the children should recognise). Could be used to introduce writing for different purposes such as letters, postcards, rhyming.
So creative! Loved the letters!
Andrea Zuvich
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! This interactive book is fantastic!!!
Kayla Gallup
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is delightful. I enjoyed the rhymes in the text as well the humor. It was fun to see what letters the postman delivered to each character. So, the interactive part was very enjoyable. The best part of this story was seeing all the loved fairytale characters in this book.
Tracey Young
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Eleanor Abbott
This is a beautifully nostalgic book that brings together lots of different fairytale stories into one. Not only is it great and physically interactive with pages made like envelopes for children to pick out and read, it has charming illustrations to support the journey.
I personally think this would be a great book to use in a KS1 for a literacy lesson. It provides great opportunities to aid modelling different styles of writing e.g letters, postcards, rhyming, description and re telling fairyt
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have very fond memories of this book from my own childhood, so this review may be a little biased! I think any small person opening this book for the first time would be delighted to find the treasures hiding inside and perhaps, as I have, remember it as an enjoyable reading experience.

I would also say that I think this book would be a great one for children who may have shown reluctance or perhaps even their dislike of reading. The interactive nature of this lovely book could help to draw the
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific idea - there are actually envelopes with little letters and postcards - I think I have a nephew who would love this.
Judith Johnson
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My granddaughters love this book, as do I! The Ahlbergs are among the greats of children’s literature in my humble opinion!
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-ya
A perfect book to get kids interested in mail! With letters, cards, postcards, and a rhyming story, it's super charming and fun to read.
Joe Steward
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children

This is such a creative and fun kid's book. It is filled with several postal letters from different characters. It is a very interactive book and the artwork is cute. I first read this book when I was young and I enjoyed it then too. Therefore, I recommend this book. Kids will have fun with it.
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved this as a kid. It still makes me laugh.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this years ago when WW was small. I will bring the Jolly Postman out from storage and give him a re-read.

Lovely book!
Lucy Banks
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of our favourite kids books, my boys spend ages reading all the letters and cards! It's such a sweet, fun idea, and really differentiates it from other children's books.
Kate Taylor
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Fell in love with this children's book, to put it simply!! Rhyming sequences are fantastic. Whilst reading the book the story flows naturally and due to its rhythm it is engaging from the beginning. The different types of mail included within the book are fantastic. The book therefore educates children on these different forms of communication via The Royal Mail. All forms of mail included within the book are written the same way they would be in real life. Therefore, the book's resources are a ...more
Roz Pinar
I really enjoyed reading this creative book by Janet and Alan Ahlberg which was a hint on fairy tales giving children the interest concept of how traditional stories can be adapted.

This book is about a postman delivering letters via bicycle. The book atarts off with sense of humor “one upon a bicycle”. The ending also gives the repetition of the front page which makes it effective to the reader. This book will make it interactive to young readers because there are tucked into envelopes which ar
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is also a very memorable book from my time at primary school. As a class we made our own version to display in the library and we all loved reading it years and years after! It is such an interactive book for children, reading alone and as a group. Lots of the characters within the book are well-known which helps the children to visualise the book a lot more clearly. I absolutely love the design of the book with all of the little envelopes for each letter to stay. The letters cover a variet ...more
This is one of the best picture books I have read, and one of my favourites I remember from childhood, even though I was probably too old to read it at the time. I remember the novelty of taking out the letters or the postcards and it was so fun to read. I don’t think my son will have same memories of the book as I but that’s okay.

This goes into the same category as the books of its times where you had to wear those paper glasses where one lens was red cellophane and the other blue in order to
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was really cool and unique. While reading the book it caught my attention because its stories you’ve heard before. It all is introduced with a man whose name wasn’t releveled but goes by the name Mr. postman. He is taking different journeys to other stories to give the characters something. As there are so many characters’ name there are but not wanting to reveal so you’ll just have to wait to ready it.

This book really caught me off guard with the stories but I loved it. It was like h
Laura Stefanovic
This book is extremely exciting for all year groups to read.

Each page contains an invitation or letter of some sort, and therefore it is very engaging and encouraging for the children to keep listening/reading the story.

Due to the rhyming throughout, children can sing along with the reader or guess what the next rhyming word at the end of the sentence will be.
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Janet Ahlberg (1944-1994) was a British children's book illustrator, and the co-creator, together with her husband Allan Ahlberg, of the best-selling Jolly Postman series. Born as Janet Hall in Yorkshire in 1944, she studied at Sunderland Technical College, where she met Ahlberg. The two married in 1969, and began to work together, publishing their first co-venture - The Old Joke Book - in 1976. ...more

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