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Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh) Hardcover – October 31, 1988

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Book 4 of 4 in the Winnie-the-Pooh Series

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Grade all levels?Penguin'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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What a wonderful feeling it is, to know that wherever you are there is something you love. It is a feeling millions of readers have for the Christopher Robin books.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (October 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525444467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525444466
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Williams on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
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.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on March 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By LRK VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 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 By SpinDoctor on July 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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