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When We Were Very Young (Winnie the Pooh) [Hardcover]

A. A. Milne , E. H. Shepard
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2 Oct 1989 Winnie the Pooh
A facsimile edition of "When We Were Very Young" first published in 1924. The text is a direct facsimile from a first edition with bindings and blocking based on the original 1924 binding.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Young Books; New edition edition (2 Oct 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0416152627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0416152623
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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”.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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23 of 23 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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6 of 6 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to buy! 8 Sep 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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20 of 23 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred text 22 May 2009
My littlest ones are the third generation of the family to revere this essential text for a happy home. The two AA Milne poetry books (this and Now We Are Six) bear reading, re-reading and reading over and over again. The children can chant and shout the shorter verses "And that, said John is That!" and really involve themselves in the musicality and rhythm of such treats as The Kings Breakfast and Missing. In our family these sacred texts are the closest you can get to singing without music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pooh and friends 25 April 2003
By G. Joly
Timeless, both for the words and drawings.
For children of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did someone say cloying? Hush! 22 Aug 2013
When I was one/I was just begun: I fear there's a generation (or several) who will have grown to maturity without knowing this, and will know of Winnie the Pooh only (or mainly) through Disney's Peanutsified version. (To have animated Shepard would have been the equivalent of bringing The Last Supper of Leonardo to life - and who, were it possible, would wish to perform that grotesquerie?) If this version gets but a single star it's because we're being offered the Mona Lisa in black and white, the cultural equivalent of sliced bread. How long has this been coloured? (I know - most of my seventy years.) Sorry, but my five stars are reserved for the original
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4.0 out of 5 stars great poems. fabulous illustrations
I give this to all the newborn babies. great poems. fabulous illustrations !
Published 6 days ago by L. K. Rowley
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This book was a present for my home help's eleven year old daughter who likes poetry and I have heard that she has already learnt one of the poems by heart..
Published 8 days ago by Dr. R. Keeley
3.0 out of 5 stars WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG.
A big fan of the Winnie The Pooh stories, it was this along with the wonderful illustrations that initially drew me to the book rather than the poems themselves. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tracy Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood essential
One needed in every Granny household - favourite poems survived the test of time and I'll enjoy them all over again with the children
Published 1 month ago by aricandec
5.0 out of 5 stars always awesome
A true classic
I love reading these to my kids
And now I am reading them to the kids on my ipad!
Published 2 months ago by D. D. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens Poems
Book arrived in perfect condition. I know it well, so the content will be perfect for my grandchildren. They know some of the poems already anyway!
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Greaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading
I've always loved this book of poems; but my copy (which belonged to my 90-year-old mother when she was little) is getting a bit fragile. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
A book full of wonderful poems which have kept their charm for over sixty years. My granddaughter aged 6 is able to read, understand and enjoy them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by special49
4.0 out of 5 stars At Last!!!
Have known many of the poems include in this book but never owned a copy. Wil now be able to share it with my nephew.
Published 9 months ago by Annette Lawler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, enjoyed by many generations
Yes this book does age but is still delightful, my granddaughter of 7 simply adores it. I used it when teaching infants, they loved it too.
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