Now We Are Six

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Here are the poems of childhood, of summer days at the beach and rainy days at the window, fishing trips and fanciful ones. Here are Christopher Robin's wheezles and sneezles, James Morrison's wayward mother, and so much more. Bright in color and true in spirit, these books are perfect for giving--to Pooh fans of all ages.

A collection of poems reflecting the experiences of a little English boy growing up in the early part of the ...

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Overview

Here are the poems of childhood, of summer days at the beach and rainy days at the window, fishing trips and fanciful ones. Here are Christopher Robin's wheezles and sneezles, James Morrison's wayward mother, and so much more. Bright in color and true in spirit, these books are perfect for giving--to Pooh fans of all ages.

A collection of poems reflecting the experiences of a little English boy growing up in the early part of the twentieth century.

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Gr all levelsPenguin's production amplifies the fact that A.A. Milne has created some of the most memorable poetry and prose in children's literature. Charles Kuralt narrates all the tapes. When We Were Very Young resounds with Kuralt's lively reading of the nonsensical and onomatopoetic rhymes that fill the heads of toddlers. Opposite these poems, the narrator reads, with loving care, the verses about the real and imaginary playmates that warm youngsters' hearts. Now We Are Six reflects the growing complexity of a child's world. The narrator's voice is soft and vulnerable when reading of the innocent, inquisitive thoughts that preoccupy children, yet Kuralt speaks with a touch of exasperation when reading the poems depicting the young's struggle to understand the adult world. He does equally as well with Milne's stories. All the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood are introduced and their humorous escapades chronicled in Winnie-the-Pooh. While portraying the characters, Kuralt's child-like tone reflects their goodness, innocence, and wee intellect. The House at Pooh Corner continues the adventures of Pooh and introduces the bouncing, pouncing, lovable Tigger. Besides the delight children will experience when listening to the light-hearted, captivating stories, young listeners will also identify with the universal hopes, fears, and wishes of the characters. Kuralt's deep, learned-sounding voice gives the narration a fatherly, comforting feel. Libraries will want to acquire these high quality productions.Mark P. Tierney, William B. Wade Elementary School, Waldorf, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140361247
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Series: Pooh Original Edition Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 119,964
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author


A. A. Milne was born in 1882 in London. He was a playwright and a journalist, as well as a poet and storyteller. His children’s books were inspired by his son, Christopher Robin. Milne died in 1956.

E. H. Shepard was born in 1879 in England. His pictures of the Pooh characters are based on real toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne. Shepard died in 1976.

Biography

It seems strange that A. A. Milne would have not have wanted to be associated with one of literature’s most beloved characters. Having achieved some success as a playwright and novelist, he aspired to be more than only an author of children’s books.

However, Milne’s books -- Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, and the verse collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six -- are hardly typical of most stories for kids. They remain among the smartest of the genre, and were likely written as much for himself as for his young son, Christopher. Infused with a sly wit, they contain humor that only an adult can appreciate; indeed, some of the poems in When We Were Very Young first appeared in the satiric magazine Punch, where Milne was an editor.

Rendered by illustrator Ernest H. Shepard in quaint, warm watercolors, Pooh and friends Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Eeyore, and Piglet star in stories about playing games and helping friends in and around their home near “100-Aker Wood.” In one instance of Milne’s ironic humor, a sign outside Owl’s residence reading “PLES RING IF AN RNSER IS REQIRD” is attributed to Pooh’s boy companion Christoper Robin, “who was the only one in the forest who could spell.” The books are written with sophistication and a certain amount of dry British wit, employing turns of phrase (“customary procedure,” “general remarks”) not usually found in children’s stories.

The volumes of verse range over a wider collection of themes, with Pooh appearing in just a few poems. Most of them offer a young person’s perspective on subjects such as imaginary friends, feigning illness, and going to the zoo; and it’s evident how Milne’s work prefigures that of Dr. Seuss (From Going to the Zoo: “There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons/A great big bear with wings/There’s sort of a tiny potamus/A tiny nossarus too”). Other poems feature cowardly knights, buffoonish Sirs, and other fantasy figures.

Little of Milne’s work for adults, which included the autobiography Year In, Year Out and his first novel, Lovers in London, can be easily found in print. One adult title, however, is still being published: the pleasing Gosford Park-style Red House Mystery.

Pooh, meanwhile, continues to grow as a powerful franchise, with modern-day titles, animation, and games that are almost as delightful as Milne’s original texts -- but not quite.

Good To Know

Milne did not set out with any particular desire to write for children: The Pooh books were originally intended for the real Christopher Robin, Milne’s son.

Milne’s teacher and mentor was the scientist and writer H.G. Wells.

He edited Cambridge’s undergrad paper, Granta, and was later the assistant editor of Punch.

Milne wrote several plays that are no longer published, but were once quite popular, including as Mr. Pim Passes By and the Kenneth Grahame adaptation Toad of Toad Hall.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Alan Alexander
    2. Hometown:
      Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 18, 1882
    2. Place of Birth:
      Hampstead, London
    1. Date of Death:
      1311956
    2. Place of Death:
      Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2005

    AMAZING

    this is an amazing boook...great for children or for anyone who enjoys the great essence of poetry...it will find the inter child in all of us!

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Bought this book for my great grandson to continue a family tradition dating back to my early childhood. Unmatched still!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

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    Write back emdeily

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    A literary legacy

    This book was my first introduction to Pooh, Christopher Robin and the Hundred Acre Wood. It was read to me as a child, and, because of the title, I considered it a challenge to be able to learn to read it when I turned six. The language is a bit difficult for an early reader, but within two years of learning to read, I was able to read most of it.

    My Dad was big on passing on traditions, and I suppose I inherited that from him. I gave this as a gift to a grandniece who turned 6 in December, in the hopes that that tradition can carry on through another generation, and the love of reading will grow, even if Piglet doesn't.

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    Posted March 12, 2013

    Maddie

    Hhahaha u just happen to be vals sis....sure! Hahaha and no im 17.....why do u care....go find girls your own age......weirdo....val idk why u care that your bi seriously....its soo funny...lololol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    A classic

    A great book to read to your grand kids and a good introduction to poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Loved this book 60years ago

    And love it still!! It is timeless. Wondetful to read aloud to children of all ages.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    A true classic!

    I am a teacher, and my wife and I are a doting aunt and uncle. This book and its timeless characters are a must have for any children's collection. This is a book which can be passed on through the family for years to come. Buy more than one copy!

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