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Each Peach Pear Plum

each peachJanet and Allan Ahlberg
Age 0-5

‘Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb. Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard.’

This classic picturebook is a memorable rhyme which links together traditional English nursery rhymes. The beautifully detailed illustrations provide a wonderful visual I Spy game of spot-the-character, too.


Share the story

Read aloud Before you start reading the book, look at the cover together and identify the objects shown. What clues do they give to the story? Look at the end papers for more clues. As you go through the book, children can ‘spy’ the objects in the illustrations on each page.

Join in
When you read the story again encourage children to join in by guessing the matching rhyme eg

Parent: “Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy …….”

Child : “Mother Hubbard.’

Children can look for clues in the pictures to help them.

Talk about the story
Talk about the pictures together, searching for the characters on each spread. Look together at the end papers to find the different characters and events of the story. Children can choose favourite pages to look at again and talk together about what they see.

Watch the story

A grandmother reads Each Peach Pear Plum to her granddaughter.

From healthwithjen 

Things to make do

Retell the story
Children can retell the story rhyme using the pictures, with a few prompts to help them if needed.

Read nursery rhymes
Read the nursery rhymes and songs featured in Each Peach Pear Plum and others.

There are many collections available from libraries and on line, some with CDs. Encourage children to learn their favourites by heart.

Make finger puppets
Make simple finger puppets of all the characters in the story using paper, card, glue or tape and felt pens. Use them to retell the story.

Play rhyming ping pong
Play a word ping pong game, taking it in turns to rhyme a simple word. The last person to say a rhyming word chooses the next word, eg



Find out more

Read other books written and illustrated by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Titles include:

The Baby’s Catalogue


Burglar Bill



The Jolly Postman

* The Jolly Christmas Postman

Monkey Do



* See more lovemybooks ideas

Hear Allan Ahlberg read Peepo! here