When We Were Very Young (Winnie-the-Pooh)

by A. A. Milne

Other authorsErnest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1988

Call number

J 821 MIL


Dutton Books for Young Readers (1988), Edition: Reissue, 100 pages


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

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LibraryThing member walksaloneatnight
Sad that I missed this when I was younger, but luckily I can add it to my daughter's library! A wonderful little collection of lively, youthful poetry by the beloved children's author A. A. Milne!
LibraryThing member Coffeehag
What a delightful book! From the time I was a child, I never thought I would like this book, because it was just full of poetry. Then, I bought it, and read the whole thing in one sitting. Two days later, I'm still chanting, "James James / Morrison Morrison / Weatherby George Dupree / Took great /
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Care of his Mother / Though he was only three." A. A. Milne has captured what it means to be a child in his poetry.
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LibraryThing member MerryMary
"James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree" is one of my favorites.

"J.J.M.M.W.G.DuP. Took good c/o his M*** though he was only 3."
LibraryThing member seldombites
This book contains the type of sweet, innocent poetry I remember from my childhood. Such a shame that these types of poems aren't still being written. Today's poetry seems so harsh and unrelenting compared to the poems I used to read.

I felt very sentimental as I read this book.
LibraryThing member HippieLunatic
Milne perfectly captures childhood with these poems. The wandering curiousity of a small child is evidenced by the wide range of topics the poems deal with. The strong imagination is depicted through numerous poems, where a child's play runs rampant... such as in "Nursery Chairs." The lack of
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attention to a task at hand is a wonderful way to close the collection as well in "Vespers."
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
I love these poems. When I was young, I had a recording of many of them and they have stuck in my head to this day. Delightful poems which seemed to me to be just a bit naughty when I was very young. In an innocent sort of way. I remember thinking, "That's just how I feel."
LibraryThing member sharese
AA Milne poetry for young children with great drawings throughout. He seems to be able to show the innocence of childhood as well as the adventures children are eager to go on. Great poetry combined with adorable pictures.

I have recent additions of this book and one that was my
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mother's dated 1950. The poems are so simple and so loving that you want to read them over and over again. You can almost see a father's love for his child gushing out of every word on the page. This is what childhood should be like for every child in the world.
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LibraryThing member bigorangecat
I had this read to me many decades ago, and yet the verse of Milne, along with the illustrations by Ernest Shepard, still are fresh and wondrous. I'm still looking for the brownie behind my great big curtain!
LibraryThing member jmattas
Entertaining, cute poems, many of which capture a child's imagination. Some of these could be seen as one's earliest memories from childhood -- they're appropriately fantastic (nonsensical) and written from a toddler's perspective. The poems are written very well, so it is a fun read even as an
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adult. Also, Shepard's illustrations are great.

But, if you haven't read this (or this hasn't been read to you) as a child, there isn't that much value to this. I should consider reading the Finnish translation to my children.
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LibraryThing member hnebeker
I grew up with Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin and to this day I cannot read the last chapter without crying: " with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh's paw. "Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnesstly, "if I --- if I'm not quite ---" he stopped and tried
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again --- "Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand, won't you?" And wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on top of the forest, a little bear will always be waiting. I absolutely LOVE Milne's writing and am so grateful that he created such a wonderful little world in the woods. I can read his writings, including the poetry, over and over again.
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LibraryThing member SandraKLee
This book of poems was written by the same author who wrote "Winnie the Pooh". There are sketches to illustrate the poems.
LibraryThing member Occultation
“How beautiful these words are, even at a young age the immediacy of such simplicity is enough to make the eyes rise. Perhaps not as accomplished as Milne's second tome, but still a refreshing set of poems, that is easily comparable to any of Blake's earlier material. The wonder is that Milne
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seems to have become drowned in the sweet sickiness of his other creation Pooh, under a tumult of market economics. Oh well, that would not happen when we were young...

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LibraryThing member AnneDenney
Very lovely volume, beautiful poetry that the girls just love.... Need to get my hands on the other three of the series, too :)
LibraryThing member Whisper1
It was a rainy day. The sun shone for a very short period of time. After errands, I came home, and in my need to locate books and somehow document where they are throughout the house, I sorted through some containers and came upon this delightful book of poems.

I've always found A.A. Milne to be
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delightful. His writings are cute, yet filled with wisdom.

This was a quick, calm read while the rain pelted the windows.
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LibraryThing member bibliobeck
An absolute all time favourite full of unforgettable rhymes that stay with you into adulthood. Perfect for reading aloud - any child would love this book. I still have my childhood copy and still love it.
LibraryThing member MarzRen
Simple and mundane. No frills just the basics things every child should have in their childhood library. Surprisingly I didn't find this in my library as a kid but rather from my mum's give away pile. Had I not saved it I would have never known that A., Milne A. was a poet.

An adorable collection of
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poems that never fail to inspire and bring a smile to me every time I read it. This is probably the few books I wouldn't mind growing old with.
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LibraryThing member srboone
Charming and delightful rhymes from the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh.
LibraryThing member antiquary
When we were very young, my parents gave me When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, and gave my brother the two books of Pooh stories. I felt at the time that he got the more interesting books, but I did like "Buckingham Palace."
LibraryThing member aleader
When We Were Very Young is a book of poetry by the author of the Winnie the Pooh books. My personal favorite is "Puppy and I" because I like the idea of following the puppy up the hill to roll and play. The book has a lot of enjoyable imagery like that, but I am not sure if it will be easily
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understood by modern American children. It is very British and old-fashioned in its language.
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LibraryThing member Madison_DeWeerdt
I love the works of this author who did Winnie the Pooh so I really enjoyed reading this book of his.
LibraryThing member zahammou
This is the first of the four books pertaining to Winnie-The-Pooh, by A.A. Milne who does a great job with all of the books in terms of carrying out the apparent theme of friendship throughout. "When We Were Very Young" is a collection of poems that can stand independent of each other, that relate
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to Milne's son Christopher Robin, and his adventures as he grows up. The poems have a musical flow to them, and the illustrations by Shepard beautifully paint each page to complement the poems. Very adorable books recommended for early readers.
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LibraryThing member bookworm12
This sweet book includes a collection of poems by Milne, who is better known for his Winnie the Pooh books. It’s a great one to share with kids. The illustrations were my favorite part. They’re beautiful and added so much to each page.

BOTTOM LINE: A must for a child’s library.
LibraryThing member BookConcierge
Illustrated by Ernest H Shepard

This was Milne’s first book for children, originally published in 1924. He was inspired by his young son, Christopher Robin, and the verses are sometimes silly, sometimes touching, and always enjoyable. Shepard’s illustrations are a perfect accompaniment,
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chronicling Christopher’s interactions with shopkeepers, nanny, horses, rabbits, and one particularly stout bear.

I was particularly delighted to read this poem on a snowy March day …
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”

I can only hope … but at least this little poem put some sunshine in my heart.

P.S. Somehow Goodreads has this work listed as “Winnie the Pooh series # 3” … yet it was the first published work, and Pooh isn’t mentioned at all – at least not by name.
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LibraryThing member Beammey
I don't know what I was expecting, but I didn't like this book as much as the others in the series. The poems were still fun and some of them made me smile, but I didn't like it as much as the first two. I would still recommend it to those that want to read the series though. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
LibraryThing member Fjola
Aah, so tender!


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