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Now We Are Six Hardcover – Oct 31 1988

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (Oct. 31 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525444467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525444466
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A. A. Milne was born in 1882 in London. He was a playwright and journalist as well as a poet and storyteller. His classic children's books were inspired by his son, Christopher Robin. Milne died in 1956.

Ernest H. Shepard was born in 1879 in England. His pictures of the Pooh characters are based on real toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne. Shepard died in 1976.

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These are great poems (five stars)! However, I'm disappointed that the Kindle edition does not include the illustrations (three stars or fewer). My daughter and I read "Winnie the Pooh" on my Kindle WITH illustrations. Why does this edition not have them?
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Everyone who has read Milne's original Pooh books knows that he can write a good hum, after all Pooh gives us several.
In this volume (and the earlier "When We Were Very Young") Milne's voice comes through more clearly, unmoderated by writing for his bear of little brain. He gives us a small volume full of poems that should surely last as well as his prose. While some of them are strongly flavoured by the time and place where he wrote them others are more universal in their subject and tone.
As you read this volume you will almost certainly come across something you recognise, if it isn't the line "James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree" that catches your memory then it might be "Just a bit of butter for the royal slice of bread." If not, then you will find many of them sticking when you have read them to a child.
I have seen editions of this volume without the illustrations by E.H. Shepard, it would seem to me a travesty to separate the two. Shepard has always been the traditional illustrator of Milne and the pen and ink drawings he made for the first edition of this book, retained in this (and most) paperback edition are marvellous - well executed and suiting the style and subject of the poems.
It is hard to overstate the joy my daughter and I have had from this volume. My mother read many of these poems to me thirty five (and more) years ago, over the past few years my daughter and I have discovered our own favourites. Now she is old enough that she reads them herself.
The poems are indeed a little sentimental, a little whimsical and seem to come from a softer, more pastoral childhood than has perhaps existed for many years.
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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 the deluxe hardcover editoins of 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.
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Format: Hardcover
A.A. Milne's second collection of poems has a different tone than his first; a little sly, a tad more mature, as befits little bookworms that have graduated from "When We Were Very Young". Now Milne gives us the delightfully funny "Sneezles" (Christopher Robin had wheezles and sneezles, they bundled him into his bed), and the hilarious good girl Jane ("Well, what did they think that I went there to do? And why would I want to be bad at the zoo? And would I be likely to say if I had?") accompanied by Ernest Shepard's great pen and ink drawings (check out his picture of Jane trying to climb into the bears' cage in the zoo). Kids of all ages (and yes, that includes old coots over 30 like you and me) love reading and listening to the poems in this book. Highly recommended.
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I'm buying this book now for my daughter. I still remember many of the poems from when I was growing up, and I hear my Mom's voice as I read them.
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