About The Jolly Pocket Postman Abstract This article highlights the basic features and the themes associated with the book, The Jolly Pocket Postman, written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg in 1995 predominantly for children. The book is a sequel to a series with the first title commencing with The Jolly Postman published in 1986. The extraordinarily high degree of artistic merits of The Jolly Pocket Postman can be gauged from the display of an astounding range of illustrations coupled with rhymed narrations in a very creative manner. One of the main attractions is reflected in the six built-in special pockets containing letters, maps, spiders and spy glasses. Written in rhyme, the book depicts the fairytale-like experience of the Jolly Postman who had to take a break from his work due to a flat bicycle tire that leads to his dreamy encounters in a wonderland of classic kind. Apart from being an excellent read for all categories of people the book can be a great source of education for all children.
Introduction The Jolly Pocket Postman, written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg was first published in 1995. Over four million copies of the book, which is primarily targeted at children of 2 years of age and over, have been sold so far. The book is the story of a postman, the Jolly Postman who has been featuring as the main character in a series of books written by the Ahlbergs – the first being The Jolly Postman published in 1986. This specific picture-book episode depicts a day of amusing ordeal for the postman that begins with his bicycle getting a flat tire and ending in his being shrunk to a pocket sized man just after drinking a warm cup of tea offered by Alice, the Postmans host. Artistic Features The most interesting feature of The Jolly Pocket Postman is the six special pockets imaginatively incorporated into its pages. These pockets hold a variety of items including letters and maps inside them. One of the single-fold maps displays a glittery yellow brick road that will require a spy-glass to be studied in minute details.
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Interestingly, a magnifying glass is placed in another of the pockets to facilitate viewing of the hidden details on the pages. Yet another pocket ingeniously houses a Jolly telegram to the Postman with a spider, named as Little Miss Muffet, popping out of it. The other pockets contain the following: A six-fold panoramic picture depicting the Pocket Postmans various encounters (including the ones with H.C. Andersons tin soldiers as well as with the Gingerbread Boy).
An invitation card/disc to a party in the woods. Lastly, the book If the Tyre Had Not Been Flat given to the Postman by Dorothy and Alice.
The 12-page book has its own special pocket containing a greetings card from Emerald city. As for illustrations, each page has to offer something exclusive right from a newspaper print on one page to an address on a letter at another. The unique illustrations, however, have to be viewed through the magnifying lens in order to see what exactly are hidden beneath them. The book is written in delightful rhyme. As such, it offers considerable scopes for a child to learn the nitty-gritty of a rhyme. Conceptual Highlights The Pocket Postmans numerous encounters replete with fairytale-like situations make the book an excellent reading not only for children but people of all ages. The interest in the book starts building up abruptly after the Postman takes that exceptional cup of tea and starts to shrink.
The resultant pocket sized Postman, wearing his pocket hat and together with his pocket dog as well, commences a journey in an effort to find a way to get back to his original size before he can return home. He returns home in his original form alright. However, the fairy tale journey through the wonderland brings out characters, places and happenings that provide the readers with enthralling experience as also a bank of knowledge at every stage of the book. One interesting aspect of Jolly Pocket Postman is the exceptional knowledge that all that meets the eyes may not be the complete truth. One has to use that special magnifying glass kind of intellectual insight to perceive any hidden truth. These types of representation has naturally made the book a great instrument for learning that has resulted in formulation of lesson plans based on the numerous scholarly concepts carefully ingrained in its pages and pockets. The outstanding illustrations and the narrative rhyme coupled with mysteries concealed deep inside every page obviously get the children glued to the book with the inevitable lens clutched in their hands.
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Jolly Pocket Postman, without any doubt, is an excellent read for all categories of people and a good possession in any household having children in its fold. Reference Stuart Kate. Review of The Jolly Pocket Postman by Janet and Alan Ahlberg. 27 Oct. 2006. 29 Oct. 2007 . Return Ticket to Newcastle: The collaborative work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Books For Keeps: The Childrens Book Magazine. Issue No.
159 July 2006. 29 Oct. 2007 .