When We Were Very Young

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Verses full of bubbling nonsense and rhythm, written for the author's son, Christopher Robin. It is for "very small children (and for their elders who get a surreptitious joy from what is meant for their little ones)."" — Sunday Review, 1924

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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Overview

Verses full of bubbling nonsense and rhythm, written for the author's son, Christopher Robin. It is for "very small children (and for their elders who get a surreptitious joy from what is meant for their little ones)."" — Sunday Review, 1924

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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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9780525444459
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Series: Winnie-the-Pooh Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 96,648
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

A. A. Milne

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

Ernest 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.

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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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DisobedienceJames James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he;
"You must never go down to the end of the town,
if you don't go down with me."

James James
Morrison's Mother
Put on a golden gown.
James James Morrison's Mother
Drove to the end of the town.
James James Morrison's Mother
Said to herself, said she:
"I can get right down to the end of the town and be back in time for tea."

King John
Put up a notice,
"LOST or STOLEN or STRAYED!
JAMES JAMES MORRISON'S MOTHER
SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MISLAID.
LAST SEEN
WANDERING VAGUELY:
QUITE OF HER OWN ACCORD,
SHE TRIED TO GET DOWN
TO THE END OF THE TOWN -
FORTY SHILLINGS REWARD!"

James James
Morrison Morrison
(Commonly known as Jim)
Told his
Other relations
Not to go blaming him.
James James
Said to his Mother,
"Mother," he said, said he:
"You must never go down to the end of the town without consulting me."

James James
Morrison's mother
Hasn't been heard of since.
King John said he was sorry,
So did the Queen and Prince.
King John
(Somebody told me)
Said to a man he knew:
If people go down to the end of the town, well,
what can anyone do?"

(Now then, very softly)
J.J.
M.M.
W.G.Du P.
Took great
C/0 his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
"M*****," he said, said he:
"You-must-never-go-down-to-the-end-of-the-town-
if-you-don't-go-down-with-ME!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    Timeless!

    i've had my copy for 50 years, and it has my grandmother's inscription 'This is Nana's favorite' on Vespers. My kids all learned these poems, and now we give copies for baby shower gifts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    a real, true classic! should be in every home.

    i remember my mom and dad reading this book to me and my sister over and over again throughout our childhood. it was our very favorite, and we would ask for it each and every night. i can still recite half the poems in the book. now i read them, with fond memories, to my two small grandkids. the drawings are still the same as i remember from all those years ago. a must-own bedtime book for every family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    Great poetry for kids

    This is the kind of book that introduces kids to poetry and makes them like it. They're easily read and easily understood, much like Dr. Seuss and Wonderful Stories from Skog Forest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    great poetry for kids!

    My mother read these poems to me. Now that I am a mother, I am reading them to my daughter. She loves the same ones I did. She particularly likes Halfway Down and sits on a step halfway down the stairs while we read it.

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