Each Peach Pear Plum is a book that I have loved ever since my teaching practice days and if you are looking for a first picture book story it is ideal for very young children (there are also cloth and board books). It is a very interactive book which invites the reader to ‘I spy’ familiar nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters on every page. Each double page spread has a very easy to read rhyming text on the left and a picture on the right.
The Story: Each Peach Pear Plum is an I spy book which encourages children to find familiar characters in the pictures and ends with The Three Bears rescuing Baby Bunting from the river and taking her to the picnic where children can spot all the characters that they have met along the way. It includes nursery rhyme characters Mother Hubbard, Jack and Jill and Little Bo Peep and fairytale characters Cinderella and the wicked witch.
The age range for this book is quite wide. The littlest children can enjoy the rhymes in the story but I have also used it successfully in school with Reception / Year One classes as part of fairytale / nursery rhyme topics. It is great for introducing unfamiliar nursery rhymes and fairy story characters, once you have found the characters in the pictures you can sing the rhymes or read the stories. The simple rhymes are great for wordplay and practising rhyming words and it is a good book for beginner readers.
A classic that can be enjoyed for several years (but buy the larger size book if you can so you don’t miss any of the details in the pictures!).
Age Range: 2 to 6
Author: Allan Ahlberg / Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg