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When We Were Very Young [Hardcover]

A. A. Milne , Ernest H. Shepard
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Jan. 18 2001 Winnie-the-Pooh
Verses full of bubbling nonsense and rhythm, written for the author's son, Christopher Robin. It is for "very small children (and for their elders who get a surreptitious joy from what is meant for their little ones)."" -- Sunday Review, 1924

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In all likelihood, your mother or father read you these poems and remember their parents reading the same. This collection of poetry by the creator of Winnie the Pooh was first published in 1924. With its companion volume Now We Are Six, the little books became two of the biggest bestsellers in publishing history. Children all over the world have heard about changing the guard at Buckingham Palace; James James Morrison Morrison Weather by George Dupree; the three little foxes who kept their handkerchiefs in cardboard boxes; and, of course, Christopher Robin, named for A.A. Milne's son. Adults and older children will enjoy Milne's poems too, as some of his humor is subtly directed at a more sophisticated audience. But younger children are the ones who love the naughty Mary Jane (lovely rice pudding again?) and the bears on the corners of London's streets. Read these poems aloud and pass along (or start) a family tradition. (Ages 5 to 9)

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Grade all levels?Penguin's production amplifies the fact that A.A. Milne has created some of the most memorable poetry and prose in children's literature. Charles Kuralt narrates all the tapes. When We Were Very Young resounds with Kuralt's lively reading of the nonsensical and onomatopoetic rhymes that fill the heads of toddlers. Opposite these poems, the narrator reads, with loving care, the verses about the real and imaginary playmates that warm youngsters' hearts. Now We Are Six reflects the growing complexity of a child's world. The narrator's voice is soft and vulnerable when reading of the innocent, inquisitive thoughts that preoccupy children, yet Kuralt speaks with a touch of exasperation when reading the poems depicting the young's struggle to understand the adult world. He does equally as well with Milne's stories. All the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood are introduced and their humorous escapades chronicled in Winnie-the-Pooh. While portraying the characters, Kuralt's child-like tone reflects their goodness, innocence, and wee intellect. The House at Pooh Corner continues the adventures of Pooh and introduces the bouncing, pouncing, lovable Tigger. Besides the delight children will experience when listening to the light-hearted, captivating stories, young listeners will also identify with the universal hopes, fears, and wishes of the characters. Kuralt's deep, learned-sounding voice gives the narration a fatherly, comforting feel. Libraries will want to acquire these high quality productions.?Mark P. Tierney, William B. Wade Elementary School, Waldorf, MD
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Valued Volume 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality edition, suitable for gift-giving. June 18 2009
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great poems for our smallest bookworms March 8 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect poems for small children Dec 15 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it June 13 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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