I have been meaning to write this post for years. I am not sure why I never did. It’s one of those things that you think, I’ll get around to it eventually but then life takes over.

There is this book that I love called Each Peach Pear Plum.

Currently we have a hardback cover that I found out of serendipity in a Bali bookstore between princesses and transformer sticker books.

Right now I’m on the second copy of this book, I’m not sure where the first copy is but I think it’s hidden in between all the other hundreds of books at my father’s house.

Have you ever played the game “I spy”? If you have then you will love this book with classic fairy tale characters like Mother Hubbard and The Three Bears.

Small Kiddo loves finding Tom Thumb and Baby Bunting’s pacifier.

The frog had it!

The Ahlbergs

Janet and Allan Ahlberg is easily my favorite artistic family. A writer, an illustrator and then a baby that became an illustrator.

Back in the late seventies, Allan Ahlberg was married to his first wife Janet and they wrote and illustrated such classics like Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo and The Joly Postman.

In the back of the book Peepo, Janet illustrated the family inluding the family cat and it’s just the loveliest thing you’ve ever seen.

I get a kick out of how the first printing of ¬†Each Peach Pear Plum is 1978, the year I was born. Together the Ahlberg’s published 37 books together and every single one is a beautiful piece of art. The most popular of all of the books is definitely Each Peach Pear Plum. Allan Ahlberg said in an interview for the Telegraph UK;

“If I had stayed in my little terraced house in Leicestershire, I could have lived off Each Peach Pear Plum for the rest of my life.”

I Spy

A classic game played with children, I Spy is the premise for the Each Peach Pear Plum book. Each page has a prompt to find someone in the illustration. The Ahlberg’s created a fictional place where Cinderella lives with Mother Hubbard and Tom Thumb, The Three Bears hunt in Robin Hood’s forest and the Wicked Witch falls in the brambles with Jack and Jill.
Kiddo’s love finding all the characters and all the extra little things that are illustrated in the pages. That is one of my favorite aspects of Each Peach Pear Plum and the Ahlberg family books; the detailed illustrations with incredible depth and story.
“Each Peach Pear Plum
I Spy Tom Thumb”
He’s up in the tree reading a book!

Your kids will love it

If you haven’t yet discovered Each Peach Pear Plum or any of the other Ahlberg family books, wait no more! Not only will your kids love them, so will you. They will stay with your kids for years and will become the most important books they’ve ever had. I can assure you of this.
What could get any better than a plum pie in Mother Hubbard’s Orchard with Cinderella, Jack, Jill, Robin Hood, Tom Thumb, The Three Bears, The Wicked Witch, Mother Hubbard and Baby Bunting? Ok, maybe the last page where the rabbits and birds eat the leftover crumbs.