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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; Reissue edition (Jan. 18 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525444459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525444459
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By m.h.doherty on Jan. 27 2013
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I had the "musical edition" of this book when I was young though no more. It will be fun to share with my grandchild.
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I have always loved the old-fashioned quaintness and gentle quality of A.A. Milne's stories and poems. I decided to buy When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six to read with my 4 year old son. (We already have a hardcover edition of Winnie The Pooh from the 1980s which he loves.)

Well the books arrived today, and while they are delightful for the most part, I am not entirely pleased with these new hardcover editions. The actual covers of the books are beautiful--just one simple illustration, no words. But then there is a paper jacket over the cover with a cut-out section so the illustration can be viewed. I spent years working in a bookstore and I know for a fact that these types of cut-out covers are almost always damaged when children are handling the book. I know that I will have to be extra careful with our books not to let my children read them on their own, or at least not with the delicate jacket on.

Also, I believe the item description said something about cream coloured paper? But actually, the paper the poems are printed on looks quite frankly yellow. I have never seen a book with all yellow pages before, and it's a little hard on the eyes. Similarly, the illustrations, while lovely in themselves, have been coloured with very vivid hues which I feel are too garish for the gentle style of the drawings themselves.

The edition of Winnie the Pooh I have from the 1980s is coloured by Hilda Scott. *Those* pictures look absolutely lovely--the colours are gentle and not overdone like the colouring here by Mark Burgess.

So in short, I was a bit disappointed by this edition. But, it does have good qualities. The paper is very thick and of good quality. I'm sure if the front jacket were removed, this book would prove to be quite sturdy.
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Re-reading the poems in this volume takes me back to when I was very young, and fast-forwards to me reading them to my son when he was three or four. A.A. Milne's timeless verses stay with us long after other childhood books have been forgotten. Every child has his or her own favorites; I remember my son especially loved listening to "James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree", "The King's Breakfast" (The King asked the Queen and the Queen asked the Dairymaid: "Could we have some butter for the Royal slice of bread?"), and Emmeline, who slipped off in a snit when someone told her her hands weren't clean. Ernest Shepard's simple pen and ink drawings are a nice compliment to the poems. Reading these poems to your youngsters is sure to be the start (or the continuation) of a family tradition.
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When I was a little boy, my father would read these poems to me. I still have my heavily-battered copy, and every time I look through it, I am overwhelmed with fond memories. The poems in this book are often very simple, but all are very sweet, and Ernest Shepard's illustrations perfectly complement the poems. Every child should have a copy of this book.
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By ...Loggie... on June 13 2003
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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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