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In poems that celebrate the spirit and innocence of childhood, A. A. Milne brilliantly weaves together the worlds of reality and enchanting make believe. The result is a work that is among the best loved in children's literature.

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

In poems that celebrate the spirit and innocence of childhood, A. A. Milne brilliantly weaves together the worlds of reality and enchanting make believe. The result is a work that is among the best loved in children's literature.

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

School Library Journal
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: 9780786181964
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Winnie-the-Pooh Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 4 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.50 (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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Disobedience

James 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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