The World of Christopher Robin: The Complete When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six


The world of Christopher Robin is a world of childhood-gay, rollicking, imaginative-a world of reality and enchanting make-believe.

It is a world in which Christopher Robin and Alice watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and where James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree takes great care of his Mother, though he is only three. In this timeless wonderland, the Little Black Hen is much too busy to lay eggs for anyone (except Christopher Robin), and the...

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The world of Christopher Robin is a world of childhood-gay, rollicking, imaginative-a world of reality and enchanting make-believe.

It is a world in which Christopher Robin and Alice watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and where James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree takes great care of his Mother, though he is only three. In this timeless wonderland, the Little Black Hen is much too busy to lay eggs for anyone (except Christopher Robin), and the three little foxes play in the forest, keeping their handkerchiefs in cardboard boxes. The King plaintively asks for butter for the Royal slice of bread. And at the end of an active day, a little boy kneels at the foot of his bed: Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares! Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

Here in one irresistible volume you will find When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, the two collections of verses which A. A. Milne wrote for his only son-verses that are cherished by everyone who has had the good fortune to become acquainted with them. To add to the excitement, Ernest Shepard, whose beloved black-and-white drawings in the original books have delighted millions of children, contributed endpapers and eight full-page illustrations, all in full color.

Of course, Pooh, that remarkable bear, refuses to stay out of these pages, even though he has two books of his own. But his appearance here should cause no surprise. After all, he belongs. For as Christopher Robin is fond of saying, Wherever I am, there's always Pooh, There's always Pooh and Me.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525444480
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Series: Winnie the Pooh Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 173,848
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

A. A. Milne
A. A. Milne
A. A. Milne may not have intended to become a children’s book author, but his greatest creation, the honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh, is so much a part of the culture that one can scarcely imagine children’s literature without him. Milne created Pooh to entertain his son, Christopher, which he did – and millions of other readers as well.


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:
    2. Place of Death:
      Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England

Table of Contents

When We Were Very Young
Just Before We Begin 3
Corner-of-the-Street 7
Buckingham Palace 8
Happiness 10
The Christening 11
Puppy and I 12
Twinkletoes 15
The Four Friends 16
Brownie 19
Independence 20
Nursery Chairs 21
Lines and Squares 25
Market Square 29
Daffodowndilly 36
Water-Lilies 37
Politeness 39
Disobedience 40
Spring Morning 44
The Island 46
The Three Foxes 48
Missing 51
Jonathan Jo 55
At the Zoo 58
Rice Pudding 60
The King's Breakfast 64
Hoppity 70
At Home 72
The Wrong House 73
Summer Afternoon 75
The Dormouse and the Doctor 76
Shoes and Stockings 82
The Mirror 84
Knights and Ladies 85
Sand-Between-the-Toes 87
Little Bo-Peep and Little Boy Blue 90
Halfway Down 95
The Invaders 96
Before Tea 98
Teddy Bear 100
The Alchemist 108
Growing Up 110
If I Were King 111
In the Fashion 112
Bad Sir Brian Botany 113
Vespers 117
Now We Are Six
Introduction 121
King John's Christmas 125
Solitude 131
Busy 132
Cherry Stones 137
Us Two 140
Buttercup Days 143
Sneezles 144
The Charcoal-Burner 148
Binker 151
The Knight Whose Armour Didn't Squeak 155
The Old Sailor 163
The Engineer 170
Journey's End 172
Furry Bear 174
The Emperor's Rhyme 176
Knight-in-Armour 180
Down by the Pond 181
Forgiven 183
Come Out with Me 187
The Little Black Hen 188
The Good Little Girl 194
The Friend 197
Explained 198
A Thought 201
Twice Times 202
King Hilary and the Beggarman 206
Cradle Song 213
Swing Song 215
The Morning Walk 217
Pinkle Purr 219
Wind on the Hill 221
Forgotten 223
Waiting at the Window 229
In the Dark 231
The End 234
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    Posted June 22, 2003


    Lesser known A.A. Milne title. Every bit as charming as the Winnie the Pooh/Hundred Acre Wood series. Resplendently illustrated. Whirl away with your wee one . . .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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