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Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh) Hardcover – October 31, 1988
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The verses here, and in When We Were Very Young, the stories in Winnie-The-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner have endeared themselves to so many readers that it is painful to try to imagine what the world would be like without them.
The perfect book for that all-important birthday, Now We Are Six is much more than a worthy successor to When We Were Very Young; it is a modern classic in its own right.
The beguiling verses are rendered more delightful by E.H. Shepard?s enchanting pictures. --This text refers to the Unbound edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the book mother read to me over and over; I have just bought the copy to use in a collage.Published 11 days ago by M. Cherin
A. A Milne was my favorite author when I was a child! I try to re-read this book every year; It is fun & makes me laugh right out loud! Read morePublished 17 days ago by jsfbookend
This book doesn't fit the description of the book given, a description that fits a book the same ISBN. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rani D. Vivathanachai
Excellent gift for parents to read to young children. Sweet, amusing poems.Published 1 month ago by GWilliams
I received this book and was read to from it by my mother when I was six. I LOVE those memories. I'm 53 now and bought this for my six year old granddaughter and when she visits,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allison62
My son loved getting this on his 6th birthday. It has a lot of antiquated vocabulary but he loved it.Published 3 months ago by glk10pez