Reading with Pearl: Janet & Allan Ahlberg


One of the fun things about being a parent is getting to re-discover things you yourself loved as a child and being able to introduce them to your own kid. The books of Janet and Allan Ahlberg definitely fall into this category for me.

My favourites by the Ahlbergs were the Jolly Postman series – books filled with letters and jokes and funny references to classic tales. While Pearl’s still a little young for the Jolly Postman, she can definitely enjoy other offerings from Janet and Allan Ahlbergs.

These are the two books that we have in our collection, both board books (perfect for my not-always-gentle little girl). Each Peach Pear Plum is a rhyming story filled with fairy tale characters like Cinderella and Baby Bunting. Kids familiar with fairy tales and classic children’s rhymes will find lots to recognize and each page contains a simple search-and-find.


Peek-a-Boo (or Peepo for the UK audience) follows a baby through his day, talking about what he sees. The illustrations are full of interesting details and are delightfully old-fashioned.


These are favourites in our household and will be, I think, for years to come.

3 thoughts on “Reading with Pearl: Janet & Allan Ahlberg”

  1. I love “Peepo” (we must have the British version)! I could look at those illustrations for hours. Maybe you could tell me though, in the end of the story the baby’s getting ready for bed and the dad is all dressed to go somewhere- but where is he going? Is it a night shift somewhere? Where? I’ve been trying to figure this out for the past 3 years.

    1. I’ve always assumed that it’s set during WWII and he’s going out for some sort of Home Watch duty. But I have no idea where I got that idea! But he seems to be wearing some kind of uniform.

  2. That makes sense. It looks like he’s going off to war but i wasn’t sure why he was leaving at night and why they weren’t more sad. Home watch duty makes more sense 🙂 thanks!

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