When I was a kid, I had a copy of “The Jolly Postman,” a children’s book that chronicles the adventures of a postman who delivers mail to fictional characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes. My brother and I loved the book so much that someone gifted us the sequel, “The Jolly Christmas Postman.” Not the greatest title ever written, but definitely a fun book for the holidays.
It being the week before Christmas, it’s time that I pulled out a few of my precious seasonal books. I like this one especially because it combines Christmas and fairy tales.
When you first open the book, you meet the Postman, jolly as can be.
Apparently, the Jolly Postman is watching his carbon footprint because he’s riding his bicycle — even in the snow.
The part I liked best about this book is that you actually get to open the letters that the Postman delivers. See…
The letters have stamps and everything. Open the pocket at the top…
And pull out the contents. Here’s a Christmas card from Goldilocks to the Bear Family.
Goldilocks is ever the stinker. This book contains more than just cards and letters. For example, here is a miniature board game from the BBW (Big Bad Wolf) to RRH (Red Riding Hood). It comes complete with rules on the back so kids can actually play the game.
And here’s the note that the contrite wolf left to his former dinner.
Here’s an actual puzzle delivered to Mr. H. Dumpty’s hospital room from all the king’s men (and horses).
Here’s a little magazine (complete with a loose-leaf ancillary by the Piper Press) for the Gingerbread Man.
Glossy magazines are all well and good, but we all know that handmade counts during the holidays. That’s why RRH’s gift to BBW is so special. It’s a “How to Spot a Wolf” guide.
At the end of the book, the Jolly Postman makes one more stop — Santa’s Workshop!
After delivering his letters, the Postman is surprised when Mr. and Mrs. Claus present him with a little something.
When you open it up…
You stretch it open to reveal an old-fashioned peep show.
Curious little eyes must look through the window in the door…
It’s the Postman with all pals. You can’t see it, but a banner above his head reads, “For He’s a Jolly Good Postman.”
And to top everything off, the Postman gets to accompany Santa on the ultimate delivery experience.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Have you mailed out your Christmas cards yet?