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When We Were Very Young (Winnie-the-Pooh) Paperback – 1 Apr 1995


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen young books; New edition edition (1 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749702095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749702090
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.8 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,708,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Hanrahan on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roy from St Albans on 8 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. D. Lewis on 11 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Johns on 22 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2000
Format: Hardcover
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 By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on 22 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Frances M. Mclean on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ...Loggie... on 31 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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