Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

POINTS: 3 out of 10.

Bechdel: 0 points
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story: 2 points. We both loved it
Discretionary ideological points: 1 point

Each Peach Pear Plum is a delightful little book, especially if you’re a fan of nursery rhymes. For me it gets a bonus point for being neatly interactive. Each page has a little “find the character” game. It’s not terribly challenging, and would be pretty easy for small kids – it took mine only a few seconds on each page – but, as you may have gathered, I am a fan of interactivity.

As far as Bechdel and diversity go, there’s nothing happening here. The characters are nursery rhyme characters and, as we have already establishing back with Lavender’s Blue, nursery rhymes are not, as a rule, excellent exemplars of the wide variety of human life. Still it’s a neat little book. It has simple rhymes and a good handle on what works for children. The pictures add more to the text, which is always a sign of a good picture book, in my not-so-humble opinion.

C gave it a strong “thumbs up” adding that he thought it was fun. I enjoyed it. There’s no story really, but each page leads neatly to the next (with each ‘hidden’ character becoming the central part of the next page, with a new hidden character).

Good stuff, if not particularly status quo shattering. 😉 I’d recommend it, despite its low score.

What do you think? What are some of your favourite “find the thing” books? What are your favourite rhyming books for kids?

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