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'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. A poem on each spread gives the clue as to what is hiding in the picture opposite. Many well-known nursery characters are included so that young children can follow the rhymes and enjoy the story.
About The Author
Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London.
We were given this when our eldest was born and read and re-read it to our 1st two kids until finally giving it away. Now that we have bubba #3 I absolutely had to buy another copy as it's just such a classic. Well written and fun to read out loud again and again, it references all the well known nursery rhyme characters in a clever hide and seek way. It's also fun spending time just looking at the pictures and finding where the next character is hidden.
Captivating and can engage a broad audience
Kids love the rhyming and the options for those reading it to them to make it more interactive (where's the dog hiding, can you see the bears, count how many...)
A must for all children
A perfect book for young children, to be read over and over again
Heaps of fun for preschoolers & toddlers!
The Ahlbergs are clever and talented writers & illustrators and the rhymes here are lots of fun. I say that is is good for both preschoolers and toddlers as I have one of each, and they both enjoy it, although on different levels: Each page has a reference to a famous fairy-tale or nursery rhyme character, such as Cinderella, Robin Hood or Jack and Jill - so, my three year old, to whom I had already read collections of nursery rhymes, had a laugh identifying these characters in a new setting; while, my 1.5 year old, who of course doesn't know all the stories just yet, still likes to listen to this one because of the simple cadence of the rhyming verse.
The only reasons I thought I would leave off one star is because some parents might appreciate a warning about one of the following content features: (1) The three bears go 'out hunting' clearly carrying guns, including the baby bear (!) - whose gun then accidentally goes off (in the picture), shooting the rope on baby bunting's basket! If you don't want any reference to guns, this page may put you off. And (2) there is a wicked witch, and Robin Hood is pictured trying to shoot her down with his bow and arrow! - however, if you ever read any fairy tales to your children, you will soon discover that you are faced with many scary/distressing scenes, moral dilemmas and battles between good and evil such as these - this little book could be seen as a 'soft' introduction to those tales! (Eg. Stories by the Brothers Grimm are particularly notorious for this!) :)
This is a daily favourite, and finding different items keeps it fun and interesting.
imaginative, rhyming story.
I think the previous reviewer has got her books mixed up! There is no death at the end of this book, rather, the ending is happy - everyone together sharing plum pie. My one year old loves this book. The illustrations are detailed and colourful! The story is simple to follow, and the rhymes sweet. He loves playing eye spy, to find the characters on each page. A perfect gift for every young child.
Each Peach Pear Plum
Play the game of hide-and-seek with Cinderella, the Three Bears, Jack and Jill, in this cunningly devised rhyming picture book. 'Tom Thumb in the cupboard/ I spy Mother Hubbard...' Can you see her in the picture? (0 - 3 yrs) (Kirkus UK)
ISBN: 9780670882786 ISBN-10: 067088278X Audience:
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 34 Published: 1st September 1999 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 14.9 x 19.6
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1