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Each Peach Pear Plum

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  17,619 ratings  ·  671 reviews
'Each Peach Pear Plum' - the classic picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg - is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo!. Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character.

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Board book, 34 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Puffin Books (first published 1978)
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Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baby-books
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 la
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while, it is a treat to discover the unalloyed joys of a children’s book. Each Peach Pear Plum is pure delight.

The invitation is simple: ”In this book, with your little eye, take a look and play ‘I spy’”

Here goes the first rhyme: ”Each Peach Pear Plum; I spy Tom Thumb”. The overleaf shows an abundant pear tree, a plum tree, and a peach tree, and tiny Tom Thumb snugly resting on a branch, reading a book. The next: “Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard.” Oh, I had fun spyi
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
We have had this in our kids bookcase for almost 20 years. It was always one of their favorites and is a great introduction to the "I Spy" type of books. Little ones age 2 and up will have great fun with this book and the illustrations are so cute. My kids didn't even know many of the original nursery rhymes but it didn't deter them from enjoying this book.

Highly recommend for the 2 and up age group :)
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 ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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" :-) ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, 2012
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 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.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Superbly illustrated by the late Janet Ahlberg and written by husband Allan, 'Each Peach Pear Plum' has rhymed text that, together with the illustrations, invites readers to play the game of 'I spy' with a variety of folklore characters, who each move on from their hidden spots in one illustration to feature in the next one.

Aimed at a younger audience (I bought it for a friend's daughter but thought I would read it and play it first) it should probably be simple for an adult like myself. However
Jon Nakapalau
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just pure distilled innocence - needed it today.
Lyn Elliott
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, favorites
This is one of my all time favourite books.

Simple, rhythmic words and endlessly engaging illustrations to play with in this best all I Spy books.

I read it hundreds of times to my son and can still recite it
Each peach, pear, plum. I spy Tom Thumb.
Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard.
Mother Hubbard in the cellar. I spy Cinderella ....

And so it goes, through favourite English nursery rhymes and stories (Robin Hood, Cinderella, wicked witch, 3 bears) till everyone meets in the woods for
Sophie Crane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale, favorites
This is a beautiful book. On each page there is a small rhyme about spying a character, who you then need to find in the illustration on the opposite page. They are familiar characters; the three bears, Cinderella, Robin Hood, etc, so it ties in nicely with traditional bedtime stories. The illustrations are as fabulous and detailed as you'd expect from the Ahlbergs. Lovely for reading to very young children and getting them to spot the character, and I'm sure that in years to come it'll also be ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Shanaz Begum
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, visual
This was just... Not fun.
Tyler McGaughey
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Until modern science figures out a way to adapt my favorite song off Milk-Eyed Mender into a board book, this'll have to do. ...more
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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... ...more
One I have read repeatedly now for decades but only encountered during my teacher-training years. Essential reading doesn’t even come close: one can see how it won the Greenaway award in 1978. A find-and-seek rhyming narrative that interweaves nursery rhyme and traditional tales. Beautiful vignettes roll exquisitely across village, vale and wood through the Ahlberg’s perfect balance between image and verse.

Both Allan and Janet seem, for me, eponymously associated with a very English childhood a
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Nursery Rhyme & Fairy-Tales as Well as I-Spy Games
"In this book / With your little eye / Take a look / And play "I spy." So reads the little rhyming instruction at the beginning of this delightful picture-book for younger children, which presents a series of nursery rhyme and fairy-tales characters, each of which needs to be found in the facing-page illustration. "Each Peach Pear Plum / I spy Tom Thumb," the text begins, inviting the reader to find Tom Thumb in the artwork. The subject of the previous I-spy then launches the next - ie: "Tom Thu ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Luisa Knight
An "I spy" fairy tale book with darling illustrations!

Ages: 3 - 7

Cleanliness: there is a witch.

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Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
While this is an 'I Spy' book, it also reinforces the nursery rhymes and fairy tales that the kids are learning. It's fun when they have an 'ah-ha' moment either because they recognize the character in this book, or, when they're hearing a verse or tale for the first time, remember that they saw it in this book. ...more
Zoe Hickey
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, rhyme, ks1
A spin on the traditional tales. This book uses a great deal of rhyme to tell a different story than the traditional fairy tales. The pictures have so much to add to this story if you look closely. I think this would be interesting to share with children and see who they recognise and what they can spot in the pictures.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Where was I when this book came out? It is pure excellence from the illustrations, to the story to the I spy concept. I loved every page.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Good engaging book to use with early readers with lots of text-to-text links.
Oct 10, 2013 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
Lucy Sands
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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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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