By Maureen Tai, 19 September 2018
“Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb…”
If your middle grade child can still remember the first few lines of a board book that she had read to her since before she could walk, it must be a bit of a gem. That is what Each Peach Pear Plum is, the perfect rhyming “I Spy” picture book for really little ones and their sleep-deprived care-givers.
The board book in my hand is over a decade old, its edges fraying, deep furrows along the spine. The story itself is even older. Each Peach Pear Plum celebrated its 40th birthday in 2018 as the author, Allan Ahlberg celebrated his 80th. Ahlberg is a maestro of rhyme, and a prolific children’s book writer, having written – at last count – over 150 books. Continue reading