Friday, October 20, 2006

The Jolly Postman

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How rare handwritten letters are to most of us. But when they come, this is the fellow who brings that little packet of happiness to this part of Seattle's Central District neighborhood. I noticed by the copy of the Pottery Barn catalog he's delivering that the heavy season for mail order shopping has arrived. I'm pleading $implicity and recycling catalogs unread if any come my way. If there is a young child in your life that you would like to delight with a lovely book, you might like to take a look at "The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters" by Janet & Allan Ahlberg (from whence I pinched today's title). It's one our family very much enjoyed for many years, and there are at least two other Jolly Postman books among our well-worn collection. And if you love children's illustrated books as I do, check out a new real charmer, "One Smart Cookie" by prizewinning Seattle illustrator and author, John Nez.


Irredento Urbanita said...

In this digital world, a handwritten letter has too much tendernees and truth.

Greetings from a peruvian in Barcelona

Anonymous said...

Avant on attendait le facteur avec impatience, maintenant on attend le doux son de 'vous avez un email'.
les illustrations de 'John Nez' sont Superbes.

Before one awaited the factor impatiently, now one awaits the soft sound of “you have an email”. the illustrations of “John Nez” are Superbes.

Kim said...

Oh Irredento, may I quote your eloquent words?! You are so right. (I hope your move to Barcelona is opening up a wonderful new opportunities for you.)

Olivier, Vous avez raison, c'est un moment heureux bref où nous recevons le préavis de courrier électronique, mais je ne le tiendrai pas dans mes années de mains dorénavant et apprécierai le lire et le fait de se souvenir celui qui l'a envoyé. Nous installons rarement des courriers électroniques les choses que nous pouvons exprimer dans une lettre. Et en plus je ne peux pas arroser mon parfum préféré sur un courrier électronique à mon amour... :-)

Felicia said...

A round of applause the Postal Service - especially these days they probably carry more junk mail and flyers than letters!

Michael said...

It's so nice to see the mailman (or lady). They bring us wishes from afar, news from home, and a kind of physical contact email doesn't have. You immediately think of the person who wrote the letter and what they were writing with, where, and how they took the time to put your name and address on the envelope. Some old-fashioned things are still good.

Anonymous said...

Et en plus je ne peux pas arroser mon parfum préféré sur un courrier électronique à mon amour... :-)
Il en a de la chance...Je prefere aussi recevoir une lettre (ou une carte postale).

John Nez said...

Thanks for the plug on my book, 'One Smart Cookie'. Believe me... it's hard to get ANY kind of notice of one's books at all!

It's an old joke among picture book artists & authors that when they find their books in the bookstore, they always move them to the top shelf and turn them face out, to get more notice.

I guess I was lucky to find a couple copies of one of my previous books, 'The Grandma Cure' at Barnes & Noble. But I didn't move them.

Now... about those cataloges... what they ought to do is people can start building their own alternative houses out of catalogues... sort of like building straw bale houses. I think anyone who buys anything from Lands End is assured a lifetime supply of building materials!


Anonymous said...

I dont get handwritten letters. The post delivered by postmen are usually bills! :-O