So what kind of mail do you think the postman delivers to the Wicked Witch in her cottage in the woods? How about a flyer from Hobgoblin Supplies Ltd., advertising bargain basement prices on a Cup and Sorcerer tea service (it washes itself!) and Big Brooms (for the larger witch, as seen on TV!).
Such are the delights that wait inside The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters by Janet & Allan Ahlberg, the tale of a postman on his bicycle delivering the mail to the occupants of an enchanted forest. The Three Bears get a letter from Goldilocks, apologizing for breaking into their house. The Giant gets a postcard from Jack, who is using golden eggs to pay for his and his mum’s vacation. The Big Bad Wolf gets a stern letter from Red Riding Hood’s attorneys, demanding that he vacate Grandma’s cottage (and stop wearing her clothes).
What’s more, this is mail you get to take out of its envelopes (and check out the postmarks and the stamps) like you’d just taken it out of your own mailbox. For kids of any age and a great Christmas gift.
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