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When We Were Very Young [Kindle Edition]

A. A. Milne , E. H. Shepard
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Curl up with a A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children, When We Were Very Young. This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by A.A. Milne – as popular now as when they were first written. Featuring E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, When We Were Very Young is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children’s poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we’ve come to expect from his favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.

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This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by A.A. Milne. Although many of the rhymes refer to times past--not many of today's children have a nurse to look after them--the humour and simplicity of the rhymes make them as popular now as when they were first written. Accompanied by E.H. Shepard's original illustrations in colour, this is a handy volume to have on standby for reading to young children. --Philippa Reece

About the Author

A.A. Milne A.A. Milne is quite simply one of the most famous children’s authors of all time. He created Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo based on the real nursery toys played with by his son, Christopher Robin. And those characters not only became the stars of his classic children’s books, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, and his poetry for children, they have also been adapted for film, TV and the stage. Through his writings for Punch magazine, A.A. Milne met E.H. Shepard. Shepard went on to draw the original illustrations to accompany Milne’s classics, earning him the name “the man who drew Pooh”.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2641 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004CVG6FQ
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044R96NC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A.A. Milne grew up in a school - his parents ran Henley House in Kilburn, for young boys - but never intended to be a children's writer. Pooh he saw as a pleasant sideline to his main career as a playwright and regular scribe for the satirical literary magazine, Punch.

Writing was very much the dominant feature of A.A. (Alan Alexander)'s life. He joined the staff of Punch in 1906, and became Assistant Editor. In the course of two decades he fought in the First World War, wrote some 18 plays and three novels, and fathered a son, Christopher Robin Milne, in 1920 (although he described the baby as being more his wife's work than his own!).
Observations of little Christopher led Milne to produce a book of children's poetry, When We Were Very Young, in 1924, and in 1926 the seminal Winnie-the-Pooh. More poems followed in Now We Are Six (1927) and Pooh returned in The House at Pooh Corner (1928). After that, in spite of enthusiastic demand, Milne declined to write any more children's stories as he felt that, with his son growing up, they would now only be copies based on a memory.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hush, Hush, whisper who dares..... 10 Oct. 2008
Having grown up with the classic poems in this book, and its slightly lesser known companion volume "Now We Are Six", and knowing that it's of my oldest posessions, it's hard to describe how it feels to now be revisiting its battered pages and reading them to my own children, but I rarely read them out loud without an enormous lump in my throat. It's a testimony to the timelessness of Milne's work that its as universally loved by them as it was by me at their age. There's something about his style that paints such a vivid picture of childhood that the reader is irresistably swept up by the imaginative and colourful landscape of Milne's writing. Some of these poems have become famous in their own right - 'Buckingham Palace' , 'Halfway Down' 'The King's Breakfast' to name but a few. Among my personal favourites though, are 'Sand Between The Toes', 'The Island, 'Before Tea' and, the haunting closing 'Vespers' but in all of them, the author conveys the child's view of the world in a way that has been much imitated but in my opinion never equalled. Immersing yourself in the lines of these poems, somehow you are really there, peeping through a crack in the door as Christopher Robin kneels muttering by his bed, or watching him as he sits halfway up the stairs, or walking with him, coin tucked tightly in hand on a windswept beach. Such is the evocative power of the text.

Of course, all this is only enhanced by the illustrations of E.H Shepherd who "helpd" make the visual aspect so memorable, and who created the pre-Disney Winnie-The-Pooh that we all know and love. No bookshelf of child adult or anywhere in between can be complete without a copy of this unforgettable work!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to buy! 8 Sept. 2008
Bought these editions of "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six" for my mother as it was a favourite book of hers when she was young. They are beautifully produced with the original Shepherd drawings very tastefully painted in, in watercolours. Printed on pale yellow pages with a quality book binding. Overall these have a lovely feel and lovers of these rhymes will not be disappointed. I am very pleased I chose these editions and so is Mum!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When We Were Very Young by A A Milne 11 July 2009
I bought this book as a present and I was thrilled when it arrived. The detail on the cover made it extra special as a gift. I will remember it and may buy another copy in the future when I am unsure what to buy to give to someone. Also, very good value for money. Thank you Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 31 July 2003
This book was absolutely wonderful. It is a collection of poetry written by A.A. Milne. My favorite was 'A bear no matter how he tries/ grows tubby without exercise' I had heard that line before, but never realized that it is the beginning of an 80 line poem where Edward Bear is worried about his weight. He ends up meeting the King of France who is very tubby as well. After this meeting, He is comfortable with his tubbiness. There are also poems about racing water droplets, fishing, knights and ladies, James James Morrison Morrison and more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy memories. 18 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What is there to say about having this wonderful aspect of childhood recaptured.
Just longing to pass it on to the grandchild generation before the get swamped with all the high glitz and glamour that proliferates.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is essential for any childs bookshelf. 12 Dec. 2000
By A Customer
This book was my favourite as a child and is now the favourite of my two children. It is essential each child has their own copy as it continues to be a treasured possession when you leave home! As a first book of poetry it is both poignant and funny. It appeals to both children and adults alike and is suitable from a very early age. The concluding poem 'Vespers' is essential bedtime reading. In short any child brought up without this poetry is being shortchanged indeed. Its follow on book 'Now we are Six' is equally as brilliant and a perfect present for a sixth birthday. The main problem is the impatience you may feel waiting for your child to reach this age!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenny G 16 Nov. 2011
By Jenny G
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Everybody should have a copy of this book - not just children. I know the whole book by heart - that is how much I love it. My copy is 55 years old and looking 'loved'. Read 'The Kings Breakfast' and then resist a recitation every time you serve marmalade of a morning! The poems are easy to learn - ideal for the young reader. Fun to recite together - which is the foundation of loving books.
Young friends receive a copy of this from me at the earliest opportunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection and unsurpassed 10 Feb. 2011
How many paperbacks have the generations of our family loved and worn out? I lose count. So it is time for a hardback edition for the bookcase now we are a lot older than six. I still think that this first volume has the pick of the cherries. If you love these poems as much as I do, then you also deserve a hardback.
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