Eric the Postie
Eric had a dream . . .he knew he could be the best postman ever. There was one big obstacle-he didn’t have any mail to deliver. Eric is not going to let that stop him . . .
This is an adorable, heartwarming story about chasing your big dreams, no matter how little you are. I bought this book from the Scholastic catalogue and when it arrived, I immediately knew it was going to become a favourite.
The story is beautifully written by Matt Shanks and the illustrations are drawn by hand with captivating detail. The traditional and timeless techniques of watercolour painting bring Eric and the town of Wattleford to life. It gives this book a true keepsake feel. The story is easy to read with lots of little fun bits to capture a child’s imagination. My son loves to go through the list of highly accomplished echidna’s in Eric’s family and is always delighted to add Eric to the end (oops! Spoiler alert).
While Eric’s story is fun to read, it is also full of lessons in life including hopes and dreams, overcoming challenges and persistence. I can not help but interpret this story from my own career experience which is if you can’t get a job doing what you love, then start your own small business and do it better.
Scholastic Australia has also compiled a handy set of teachers’ notes which I have found interesting as a parent to use when discussing this book with my son.
Matt Shanks has just published another adorable book called ‘Row Row Row your boat’, which will hopefully arrive in the post shortly, so watch this space for more.