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Each Peach Pear Plum    by Janet Ahlberg & Allan Ahlberg order for
Each Peach Pear Plum
by Janet Ahlberg
Order:  USA  Can
Penguin, 1999 (1978)
Hardcover, Paperback
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Each Peach Pear Plum is a picture book classic, whose charms parents can enjoy along with small children. It shares with the recent movie Shrek a mish-mash of familiar childhood characters (from nursery rhyme and fairytale) ... Tom Thumb, Mother Hubbard, Cinderella, the Three Bears, Baby Bunting, Bo-Peep, Jack and Jill, the Wicked Witch, and Robin Hood.

It also has that characteristic of the best of picture books, of allowing the child to be pulled into participation with the reader. In this case the mechanism is an 'I spy' line at the end of each page - 'I spy the Wicked Witch' - which also connects the current theme with the next one. The illustrations help the magic along. They are rich in detail, with a touch of humor. The character in hiding shows just enough for little ones to pick them out with glee, and there is a happy ending with a picnic party for all.

The book begins ... 'In this book / With your little eye / Take a look / And play "I spy"' The magic of Each Peach Pear Plum, and of all the fairytales and nursery rhymes that it pulls in, should be a part of every childhood. It's a joy for all ages.

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