When We Were Very Young Hardcover – Oct 31 1988
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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)
From School Library Journal
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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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.Read more ›
It takes an extraordinary book to capture children's attention on the strength of words alone.
It's not that there are no illustrations here, just that each poem has just one or two small, original ink drawings; delightful, but bowing appropriately to the genius of words that can hold children spellbound. For instance, Milne takes a subject like sidewalks and transforms it into the stuff of playacting in Lines and Squares - an irresistible cadence to chant on a walk (or a lumbering gait):
And the masses of bears
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat the sillies who tread on the lines of the street
And I say to them, "BEARS.....
Just look how I'm walking in ALL of the squares!"
As I read I can now recall the precise inflection and finger-shaking combination from Disobedience that it took to elicit giggles from my sisters and me, now working its comedy on my four-year-old son:
James James SAID to his mother, "Mother", he said, said he;
"You Must Never Go Down To The End Of Town If You Don't Go Down With ME!"
When We Were Very Young is a collection of poems for children, about childhood, and for those who wish to remember its special magic view on the world. This book is a beloved tradition in my family, starting with those cozy evenings on my Grandmother's couch as we all snuggled up to hear about the brownie that lives behind the curtain, Jonathan Jo (who had a mouth like an O), the three foxes and Christopher Robin, who couldn't stop his hoppity hop. Your family is sure to find its own traditions in reading these poems to each other, young and old alike.
For example, Milne has a poem with a refrain, "Jonathon Jo/has a mouth like an 'O'" It is fun to say, and it almost means something. Another poem talks about halfway up and down the stairs, getting a child to see the difference and sameness of the situation, great for critical thinking.
If you want pure silly humor, go buy Silverstein, but for great writing and solid bedtime reading to teach your child wit and poetry, buy this tiny book. There's a good chance you will like it as well.
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A lovely book that was one of my wife's favourites as a child. We picked this up for our son. We hope he loves it as much.Published 2 months ago by Rod
a family favourite - now for the 3rd generation maybe the 4th!Published 5 months ago by virginia graham
I had the "musical edition" of this book when I was young though no more. It will be fun to share with my grandchild.Published on Jan. 27 2013 by m.h.doherty
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. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Robert Dumas
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... Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by ...Loggie...
My father died 10 years ago when I was nineteen. I know he used to read "when we were very young" to me when I was a child, but it wasn't until I began to read the poems... Read morePublished on June 24 2001 by Bronwyn
If you loved When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, you will love The World of Christopher Robin. Like The World of Pooh, it has wonderful color illustrations. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by Amazon Customer