Off the Shelf: The Jolly Christmas Postman

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.

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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.

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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…

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The letters have stamps and everything. Open the pocket at the top…

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And pull out the contents. Here’s a Christmas card from Goldilocks to the Bear Family.

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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.

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And here’s the note that the contrite wolf left to his former dinner.

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Here’s an actual puzzle delivered to Mr. H. Dumpty’s hospital room from all the king’s men (and horses).

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Here’s a little magazine (complete with a loose-leaf ancillary by the Piper Press) for the Gingerbread Man.

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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.

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At the end of the book, the Jolly Postman makes one more stop — Santa’s Workshop!

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After delivering his letters, the Postman is surprised when Mr. and Mrs. Claus present him with a little something.

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When you open it up…

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You stretch it open to reveal an old-fashioned peep show.

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Curious little eyes must look through the window in the door…

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Closer…

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Even closer…

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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.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Have you mailed out your Christmas cards yet?

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