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Once on a Time [Kindle Edition]

A. A. (Alan Alexander) Milne , Charles Robinson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


Product Details

  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TQH19O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,512 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Lovers Dream November 25, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, before you read too far into this review, keep in mind that I am only 13, and haven't read as many books as some of the other reviewers on this page, but I have read enough to know that I love this book. It's a fantasy lover's book. If you like E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and other books by A. A. Milne, you will certainly enjoy this book as well. With a exciting plot, and humerous but loveable characters, this book is a must have.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Fantasy book to read to yourself or aloud July 22, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a wonderful story about a king, princess and an "evil" countess. The king, King Merriwig of Euralia, is in love with the Countess Belvane. Belvane has her sights set on becoming queen of Euralia. However, Princess Hyacinth is suspicious of how the countess acts. So the Princess enlists the help of Prince Udo from Araby. When Belvane finds out, she wishes for something humorous to happen to the prince on his journey - and it does! Now, Hyacinth must stop Belvane, help the prince all while keeping him from falling in love with the countess!

A. A. Milne has done it again with this story of pure fantasy. He did not write this book for children, as he states in his introduction, yet it is fun and exciting for all ages. If you need a great bedtime story, check this book out. Would you care for some light reading? "Once On A Time" is the book for you. I recommend this book with a happy heart and hope you will feel the same way too!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Lovers Dream November 25, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, before you read too far into this review, keep in mind that I am only 13, and haven't read as many books as some of the other reviewers on this page, but I have read enough to know that I love this book. It's a fantasy lover's book. If you like E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and other books by A. A. Milne, you will certainly enjoy this book as well. With a exciting plot, and humerous but loveable characters, this book is a must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUT WHAT IS A KING,REALLY? June 12, 2001
By DL
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A.A.Milne wrote this fairytale after being in the army during WWI. the story is basically about how easy it is to get into war (and over very stupid reasons), and how no one REALLY wants to hurt every one, but they just want to look out for their own interests. The charecters are not your typical bad-vs-good and each one can be lovable in his or her own way, and there are also wonderful little stories inside the major plot line. one of the BEST books I have ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fairy tale for big people... July 3, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many, many years ago I read this book to my former husband as a bedtime story. The book occasioned one of the few instances in which I laughed so hard I cried. Now I have a new husband and a new copy of the book. Who says you can't go back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Classic—Love it! April 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an amazing book. Not your run-of-the-mill fairy tale, this seemingly stereotypical story turns out to be an amazing classic. The characters are three-dimensional and have a great depth that is characteristic of real people, even though it is a work of fiction. This is truly one of A. A. Milne's greatest gems. Some may say it is a story for grown-ups (A. A. Milne himself says as much in the introduction, or nearly does), but I find that there is nothing specifically adult about it, or childish. It is just a good book.
It is almost impossible to summarize the book in words. All I can say is: Read it, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected fun! February 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I learned on a blog that A.A. Milne had written much more than the Pooh books. Who knew? Not me! Once Upon a Time caught my eye, so I tried it and enjoyed it. Clever and fun. I'll be looking into more of Milne's non-Pooh works. (Although I *do* like Pooh!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Milne writing is unique. January 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This tale of olden times and mentions of dragons (you don't "see" any in the story however) was an enjoyable diversion. There is something about this famous author – I never forget his books and stories. They are interesting and very well written of course. His preface explains why he wrote such a story and I recommend reading that first. (I usually wait until after the book to read the preface so it won’t spoil the story.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by Tranette Turrietta
5.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea
What a great little book! I had no idea Milne had such a gift for satire. This is a gem and should be on every reader's list.
Published 16 days ago by DsrtRosy
5.0 out of 5 stars stupendous!
This is a little jem! I only wish I had found it sooner. Milne at his finest, even according to him.
Published 2 months ago by Katie Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Fancylady
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully fun read
This book is just a bit of silliness, really. Light-hearted and cheeky, with elevated prose and a thoroughly ridiculous plot line. I enjoye this book so much. Read more
Published 8 months ago by T Shell
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Childish
Milne writes that he wrote the book for adults and children. It reads like a children's story with Shakespearian magic in midsummer nights dream. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gail Vanderstraeten
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
and such a fun book, thank you for offering it free! Another reason I love Amazon!

stupid requirement more words more words
Published 8 months ago by BirdyReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book. Could not stop! If you have read any of his books this one will not disappoint.
Published 8 months ago by Kathleen Chiles
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story!
I had never heard of this AA Milne story before. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There is plenty of Milne's classic humor in this story.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Alan Alexander Milne was born in London on January 18, 1882, the third and youngest son of a schoolmaster. At age eleven, he won a scholarship to the Westminster School. He went on to attend Cambridge University and became the editor of the undergraduate paper, Granta. After graduating from Cambridge in 1903, Milne moved back to London with enough savings to live for one year. He was determined to become a writer. By 1906, he had been offered the position of Assistant Editor at Punch, a classic British humor magazine. He remained at Punch for the next eight years.
In 1913, Milne married Dorothy de Selincourt (known as Daphne) and moved to a house in London's Chelsea section. When World War I broke out, he enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, eventually serving in France. During his training period, he wrote his first play, Wurzel-Flummery, which was produced in London in 1917.

By 1919, having completed one book and several plays, Milne finally achieved financial independence. His play, Mr. Pim Passes By, previously staged in London, was produced by the Theatre Guild in New York City. It was as great a success there as it had been on the London stage. Milne was now well established as a witty and fashionable London playwright. In 1920, Christopher Robin Milne was born, an event that was to change the history of children's literature. In 1923, during a rainy holiday in Wales, Milne began work on a collection of verses for children. The result was When We Were Very Young, published in 1924.

Demand for Milne's whimsical work was overwhelming, and in 1926, he duplicated his earlier success with the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh. The sequel, The House at Pooh Corner, followed in 1927. Now We Are Six, another charming collection of verse, followed one year later. It was through these four books, all illustrated by the wonderfully talented Ernest H. Shepard, that Milne acquired a vast audience outside of the theater. In the years since their initial publication, interest in these books has grown and grown.

Milne continued to be a prolific essayist, novelist, and poet until his death in 1956.


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