Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh)

by A. A. Milne

Other authorsErnest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1988

Call number

J 821 MIL

Publication

Dutton Books for Young Readers (1988), Edition: Reissue, 112 pages

Description

A collection of poems reflecting the experiences of a little English boy growing up in the early part of the twentieth century.

User reviews

LibraryThing member CLDoyle
Appropriate age group for this book of poems would be 4th grade to 8th grade, I think that the younger ages will really enjoy it because there is a lot of references to Winnie the Pooh in it. This book has not received any awards. This book is a collection of poems some short, some long and they reference the older years. They reference Winnie the Pooh a lot with poems about bears. They have some tricky words in them so you would definitely have to look up vocabulary for them. Uses in the classroom for this book would be to have the children mayb draw pictures to go with the poems, or they could possibly create their own poems.… (more)
LibraryThing member MrsLee
More poetry to delight the child's mind, and the adult who reads to them as well. Many of these are fun to sing.
LibraryThing member hnebeker
My father gave me this book when I was six and suggested I read it that year. I read every word with love and admiration for Milne's wonderful voice and ability to capture a child's imagination. I hope to read it to my own kids one day.
LibraryThing member srboone
Simple, humourous poems that I enjoyed as much as an adult as I did as a child.
LibraryThing member zahammou
Much like "When We Were Very Young", "Now We Are Six" plays into the same idea of Milne's old poems that he combined together in one book, that are independent ideas of each other. The poems in this book focus on friendship, as well as the developing relationship of Christopher Robin and Winnie-The-Pooh. Great way to bring in simple poetry with a younger class, as well as the soft illustrations of the charters.… (more)
LibraryThing member MerryMary
"Now we are six,
And we're clever as clever.
I think we'll be six now
For ever and ever."

Don't you wish we could?
LibraryThing member Orpgirl1
AA Milne is best known for his character of Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends in the Hundred Acre Forest. This book of poetry by Milne, with drawings from his longtime collaborator Ernest Shephard, is a compilation of poems written from a child's perspective that only sometimes incorporates well-known Pooh characters.
Many of the poems in this compilation brought a smile to my face as I enjoyed Milne's ability to capture the thoughts, creativity, and priorities of a child almost perfectly. The style of the poems doesn't follow any set poetic rule or logic, although most do use a rhyming pattern. Each poem is accompanied by distinct pen and ink drawings including many of Pooh and Christopher Robin. The poems themselves are full of English words, terms, and scenarios, and therefore more than a little bit of cultural interpretation is needed. This in no way detracts from the poems themselves, however, as each one does a marvelous job at creating imagery and a small snapshot of endearing children and their ways of looking at the world. My copy of this book was given to me years ago for a birthday by my best friend, and I truly do count it as one of my favorite books for sheer sentimental reasons alone. The greatness of the poems is simply an added bonus!
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LibraryThing member Beammey
Again, this wasn't my favorite book in the series, but it was still very, very good and made me smile quite a lot. A great book for kids. Good imagery, good core concepts, all around fun. I would recommend this book. 4 out of 5 stars.
LibraryThing member BrynDahlquis
A nice little break from life, with all kinds of adventures. I do of course wish there'd been more of Winnie the Pooh, but nevertheless. Delightful.
LibraryThing member marietybur
Beautiful artwork.
LibraryThing member figulus
Great Stuff!
LibraryThing member peterbmacd
A continuation of the first poetry collection, but slightly more entertaining and substantive.
LibraryThing member KarenCollyer
New copies of old favourites bought for my grandchildren. They have not shown as much interest as I would have expected.
LibraryThing member Nandakishore_Varma
Like When We Were Very Young, this is also a terrific compilation. I love it when an adult can see through a child's eyes without losing his "adult-ness". Milne's poetry is simple and beautiful, and his humour can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh need no introduction. Quite a few of the poems in this book are about the duo. Milne accomplishes the extraordinary feat of seeing from the realistic and make-believe viewpoint at the same time (something which comes as second-nature to children, but we lose it as we grow up): therefore, Pooh is a live character to Christopher, even when he knows that he is nothing but a toy (the poem Us Two and The Friend).

There are a lot of nonsense poems about silly grownups, quite a few of them kings and emperors, but behaving like spoilt children-a child's view of himself, maybe! (Or a rather uncomfortable thought - is it so childish? Don't dictators behave like spoilt kids on a rampage - with much deadlier results than Milne's characters produce, of course.) There are poignant poems of a child's world which so incomprehensible to adults so that they shoo him away (Come Out With Me). Also, there is the delight only a child can experience, such as a race between two raindrops (Waiting At The Window). There are even profound philosophical questions which plague a young mind (Explained).

But for me, the poem which captures the quintessence of childhood in this collection is Buttercup Days, about Anne and her man(!), especially these four lines:

What has she got in that little brown head?
Wonderful thoughts which can never be said.
What has she got in that firm little fist of hers?
Somebody's thumb, and it feels like Christopher's.


Anne and Christopher, among the buttercups. Pure childhood bliss!

Five stars, all the way.

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ISBN

0525444467 / 9780525444466
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