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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2001
Everyone who has read Milne's original Pooh books knows that he can write a good hum, after all Pooh gives us several.
In this volume (and the earlier "When We Were Very Young") Milne's voice comes through more clearly, unmoderated by writing for his bear of little brain. He gives us a small volume full of poems that should surely last as well as his prose. While some of them are strongly flavoured by the time and place where he wrote them others are more universal in their subject and tone.
As you read this volume you will almost certainly come across something you recognise, if it isn't the line "James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree" that catches your memory then it might be "Just a bit of butter for the royal slice of bread." If not, then you will find many of them sticking when you have read them to a child.
I have seen editions of this volume without the illustrations by E.H. Shepard, it would seem to me a travesty to separate the two. Shepard has always been the traditional illustrator of Milne and the pen and ink drawings he made for the first edition of this book, retained in this (and most) paperback edition are marvellous - well executed and suiting the style and subject of the poems.
It is hard to overstate the joy my daughter and I have had from this volume. My mother read many of these poems to me thirty five (and more) years ago, over the past few years my daughter and I have discovered our own favourites. Now she is old enough that she reads them herself.
The poems are indeed a little sentimental, a little whimsical and seem to come from a softer, more pastoral childhood than has perhaps existed for many years. I don't see this as a problem for the poetry, after all, if we cannot recreate a gentler time for our children perhaps we can soften the one we can provide with the tiny charming tales in these poems.
I would recommend this book to anyone with a small child. I give it only four stars as the poems are mixed in quality.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
There is nothing truly profound you can say about a book like this, or, for that matter, its predecessor WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG. These are simply short and very sweet books of children's poetry. They can be read to a child (perhaps one of the best introductions to poetry a youngster could receive) or read by an adult who is mature enough to truly apprectiate classic children's literature and poetry.

A.A. Milne was a literary genius - that much is certain. If he wanted to write books consisting of classic and intellectual poetry, he certainly could have and would have. But his aims were much higher than that. He wanted to reach out to children and adults everywhere. He wanted to show that childhood innocence never has to end (see the last few lines of the last chapter of THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER). And unlike so many writers who (perhaps with the best of intentions) attempt this amazing feat, Milne succeeded.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 1998
I'm buying this book now for my daughter. I still remember many of the poems from when I was growing up, and I hear my Mom's voice as I read them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2004
A.A. Milne's second collection of poems has a different tone than his first; a little sly, a tad more mature, as befits little bookworms that have graduated from "When We Were Very Young". Now Milne gives us the delightfully funny "Sneezles" (Christopher Robin had wheezles and sneezles, they bundled him into his bed), and the hilarious good girl Jane ("Well, what did they think that I went there to do? And why would I want to be bad at the zoo? And would I be likely to say if I had?") accompanied by Ernest Shepard's great pen and ink drawings (check out his picture of Jane trying to climb into the bears' cage in the zoo). Kids of all ages (and yes, that includes old coots over 30 like you and me) love reading and listening to the poems in this book. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 3, 2010
The other reviews say plenty about the content...which is great. There are some great insights and reminders about childhood in here that have helped me see things from my childrens' perspective much more frequently. I have a paperback copy with the original EH Shephard illustrations...and it is literally falling apart. My four year old was very eager to buy a new one and made sure that I understood that she wanted the same pictures in it. We read poems out of this book several times a week...take it in the car with us and my daughters remind me to read them a poem while we wait in the car for any reason. They ask for poems at lunch time. We finish one, they always ask for another one. I'm glad I found it. I wouldn't have sought it out on my own...it was at a library book sale and since I know my girls like Pooh, I thought I'd get it...Pooh was ruined for me by Disney until I read this book...and now I'm looking for the real Pooh books. I will buy them all hardback and probably new so that they will last a long, long time. This is a book worth having, and keeping.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2010
Getting to play great-uncle, I can stock my niece's shelves with the right books. I grew up with and nearly wore out Now We Are Six. It's great from several aspects.

Most obviously, this is the same style and size I had, without any artificial graphics or other changes. The simple illustrations and words are plenty.

It is appropriate for parents (and uncles) to read to much younger kids as well. It's alternately amusing and touching poems tell stories, have an occasional object lesson, use real words the child will find useful later and is not sing-song as so many are. That last is key because reading the same book 143 times can be terrifically annoying or boring otherwise.

Certainly don't wait until a child is six to read this to and with him or her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2007
I absolutely loved this book my first time around, when I was five and six, sixty years ago. Of course it hasn't changed a bit, and I loved it all over again when I recently gave it to my grandsons. What a pleasure to reread and remember those charming verses, so many of which I'd memorized back then; the memories came flooding back.

Treat yourself -- even if you don't have grandkids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2006
I grew up memorizing and reading Alan Alexander Milne's poetry. While this small book has the same whimsical, childish humor and imagination, I must say my favorite poems are all in the first volume, When We Were Very Young, which has favorites such as "The King's Breakfast" and "James James Morrison Morrison" and "John had great big waterproof boots on".

This book will tickle your ears and make you smile, but it's not quite my favorite. (Why do I always say "quite" more often after I read these poems?! =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 31, 2007
"Now We Are Six" was published sometime between the publishing of the two two Winnie-the-Pooh books, and it looks very much like Milne's "When We Were Very Young" (which was published before either of the Pooh books hit the market). I would actually call it a sequel to "When We Were Very Young." It's just a collection of poetry with a special emphasis on childhood. Maybe I shouldn't say it's "just" a collection. Pooh would say it's actually a very grand collection. At least I think he would say so, because even a bear of very little brain knows what the word "grand" means.

Milne immediately gets your attention with the "ahem" in his introduction, and fails to lose any of it from there. He tells a wide variety of funny/touching stories about topics ranging from a cowardly knight with unusually quiet armour to a problematic break for a little toy train.

"King Hilary and the Beggarman" is a particularly good standout poem and is an effective parody of government offices in general that still can be applied perfectly to this very day.

Hmm...there's a poem within a poem in "The Emperor's Rhyme" that I couldn't understand, even after looking the verses over several times.

"Explained" is by far my favorite poem in this set. It shows the true comfort a child can get from something as simple as a doll's squeak. How strange it is that no doubt in the child's mind can possibly stand up to something we adults consider to be so completely negligible.

Perhaps the poems "Pinkle Purr" and "Twice Times" best summarize the thoughts of the author in this book. They both emphasize the changes in the relationship between a parent and a growing child over time. You can really see how this theme has become a major concern of Milne during the passing of the three years between the publication of his poetry books. The man just loved his son a whole heck of a lot. I don't think he wanted to ever let this love go. It's truly the quality of a great dad. I often feel my dad is like Milne in a way, because of this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2008
A.A.Milne's "Now We are Six" is a must for all chldren. Read it over and over, and son the child will learn favorite poems and can look at the words and read along. It is good that children learn the Real Pool characters rather than Disney's idea.
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