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Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh #4)

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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 t
Hardcover, 101 pages
Published October 31st 1988 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published 1927)
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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 whi
Of all the knights in Appledore
The wisest was Sir Thomas Tom
He multiplied as far as four
And knew what nine was taken from
To make eleven. He could write
A letter to another knight.
Aug 15, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
When I was very young, I eyed this book cautiously.
Six seemed immeasurably ancient. I feared being infected with age.

Laura Verret
Jun 22, 2014 Laura Verret rated it it was amazing
Now We Are Six is a collection of poetry by A. A. Milne and contains poems not only of Pooh Bear (who claims he was looking for Piglet and wandered through this book by mistake), but also of the Knight Whose Armor Didn’t Squeak, the Two little Bears, Alexander the Beetle, and bad King John.

Here is one of my favorite poems from this book.


Whenever I’m a shining Knight,
I buckle on my armour tight;
And then I look about for things,
Like Rushings-Out, and Rescuings,
And Savings from
Rebecca McNutt
May 25, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books as a kid; I got a copy for my sixth birthday and I loved its unique illustrations, its vibrant poetry and its originality and imagination. Definitely a classic and a great book for children.
Jan 12, 2016 Rizal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favourite
This book is so beautiful with poems and illustrations. I can't help but to smile when I read poems that I can relate to when I was a little kid. Like collecting insects and tadpoles, rooting for a drop of rain on the window to finish 1st, or questioning a lot of silly things.

These are my favourites from this collection:
1. Solitude
2. Busy
3. Binker
4. Us Two
5. Down by The Pond
6. The Little Black Hen
7. Swing Song
8. Cradle Song
9. Waiting At The Window
10. Wind On The Hill
11. In The Dark
12. The End
Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

Some lovely poems and they were just as I imagine a child will mark his days by, but not very consistent.
This selection, several years after 'When We Were Very Young' is even better. I took a liking to almost all the poems and admired the range of rhythm and rhyme that takes place. Again, Milne plays so much on using the form of poetry to reflect on Christopher's life and adventures and it works so well in terms of there being poems which reflect childhood - a lot like Rosen's early stuff. I'd certainly have a classroom copy and would want to share so many with the class.
Peter Jamieson
Apparently, this is a book for 6-year olds. It says it right there in the title. Yeah - but it's heart-felt, sincere and funny. Plus, wise. So I think everyone could give this book a go, whatever age you are.
Mar 20, 2015 Monique rated it liked it
So, my mom picked up this book while I was in the library, and when I got out, told me in so many words how boring this book was. I laughed and told her it had a few gems in it (like the excerpt below that I loved), but no excuses can be made; the first two books were definitely better, with everything. Poem books aren't Milne's strong point. The poems in the first two were weird but tolerable surrounded by the great writing, but standing alone, they fall flat.


Christopher Robin
Oct 09, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book was so cute! At first I was disappointed that Pooh and his friends weren't the main characters, however, I was happy to see that, as A. A. Milne says in his forward, " (Pooh) walked through (the book) one day, looking for his friend Piglet, and sat down on some of the pages by mistake." Pooh's appearance in several poems was a pleasant surprise; however I did enjoy several of Milne's other poems that included other characters. This collection of poems was very fun to read, and I think ...more
Salima Sikandar
Mar 30, 2014 Salima Sikandar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

Now we are Six is written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. The book is similar to the poetry books “When We were very Young”. The poem contains wonderful rhyming pattern and is very rhythmic which makes easy to relate and sound similar to nursery rhymes.
The pictures are very sweet and I liked the idea of the author how Pooh came into the story with, in his author’s notes, it reads "Pooh wants us to say that he thought it was a different book; and he hopes you won't mind, but
May 01, 2014 Mariela rated it it was amazing
Now we are six is a great children's poetry book. This book was written by the famous A.A. Milne for children in the ages of five to eight. This book contains a variety of great poems where everyone's favorite characters appear; Whine the Pooh, piglet, Christopher Robbin, and etc. I love this book because of the conversation that go on trough out the story with pooh and Christopher ribbon. I think this story would be a great story to use as an example of poetry. You could have your students recr ...more
Jul 31, 2009 Dusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Imogene Ilchman
As a kid, I knew this book was part of Milne's Pooh series. It came with the other books, like the others it has pictures of Pooh, Piglet and Chrisopher Robin on the cover, yet ... I can't say it's a book I retained a clear memory of. Turns out, it's poetry.

Some of the poems are quite good in a clever and didactic way ("The Old Sailor"). Others are clever and weird in a Lewis Carroll way ("Sneezles"). And the rest ... are not too much better than what you'd get from a class of nostalgic junior
Jun 13, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Charming, sweet, and memorable. My poor deprived A.A.Milne-less childhood has been redeemed.

This is poetry to remember and memorize and enjoy again and again. And also to pass on to others. I think half the delight of this book is added by the incredible drawings. So read it. And enjoy. And share with others, small and big alike. It's that kind of book. :)
Mar 21, 2016 Schuyler rated it really liked it
A charming collection of poetry exploring life through a child's eyes. Some childhood woes and joys you never forget, and this reminded me of many of them.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
When I was very young myself, say six or seven, my mother gave me an LP record (on your actual vinyl) of an Englishman reading excerpts from Pooh. There was Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, the arrival of Tigger, and several poems from Now We Are Six, which the man sang-spoke. (I think it's called "intoning.") His voice is still in my memory, though I have no idea now what his name was. (Arthur Something, I think. That's no help. I'd really like to track it down, though. )

Reading the book f
May 24, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a charming little book of poetry. In spite of Emma's protestations that she doesn't like poetry (?!), she snuggled with me as we read it together over a few nights. A.A. Milne is very clever with words and is able to tell little stories with rhyme and silliness. We especially like the poems Furry Bear, The Knight Whose Armour Didn't Squeak, Cherry Stones, King John's Christmas, Sneezles, Forgiven, The Morning Walk and The End.

The Morning Walk

When Anne and I go out a walk
We hold each other's
Mar 10, 2016 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, audio
Synopsis: "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 an
Nikole Rettman
Apr 28, 2015 Nikole Rettman rated it really liked it
This is a poetry book. Everybody who has perused Milne's unique Pooh books realizes that he can compose a decent murmur, after all Pooh issues us a few. In this volume (and the prior "When We Were Extremely Youthful") Milne's voice delivers the goods all the more plainly, unmoderated by composing for his bear of little cerebrum. He issues us a little volume brimming with lyrics that ought to unquestionably last and in addition his writing. While some of them are unequivocally enhanced when and s ...more
Author: A A Milne
Illustrator: E H Shepard
First Published: 1927

Why don't we read more poetry? The 7yo loved this, even if some concepts (eg Nanny) are dated.

Beautifully illustrated with rhythmic verse that exposes the beauty of language.

Highly recommended.

Read aloud: 3+
Read yourself: 7+

Rachel Marie
Feb 04, 2016 Rachel Marie rated it liked it
Now We are Six Book Review I didn't hate this book or anything, poetry just really isn't my thing. I never read the Winnie the Pooh boos as a child so it was definitely good getting into one. I wish there had been more about Pooh then random poetry.

A mixture of poetry filled throughout with some adventures of Robin and his friend Pooh. Famous quotes can be found and those who love poetry will adore A.A. Miline's addition.

I am counting this as my classic for January, I mean everyone know's Pooh,
Apr 18, 2016 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not without the pure genuine attitude of Pooh, Milne's Now We Are Six breaks from the previous form of literature and opts for a more poetic form. Though each poem uses a different form and focuses on a new prospect, all offer the innocence of a child and expresses a mindset deeming the world as an infinetely hopeful place, full of wonder and breeze. Well, with the exception of a few "bad guy" stories that, of course, were used to set an example.

3/5: Minus 2 because despite its highly imaginativ
Oct 08, 2008 Carla added it
Shelves: anna-read
After reading this book of children's poetry, Anna frequently asks "Mommy, can you read us some poetry while we finish our lunch?" I think that means she likes it :)
Oct 26, 2010 Baranie rated it liked it
My older kids really enjoy poetry and this book has nicer subjects for my 6 and 8 year old than some of the Shel Silverstein poems.
Beth Mathison
Feb 11, 2011 Beth Mathison rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a gift on my sixth birthday. Love it -- still have it. A classic for any child.
Shehroze Ameen
Nov 23, 2015 Shehroze Ameen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful introduction to Winnie the Pooh. With it's childlike introduction, whimsical rhyming, but good natured and calming affection for the reader, the poems which flow from each work not only bring a sense of calm bliss, but also relieve any stress that a person may have felt prior to reading this work. In a way, books like these are a rarity, because of the presentation and the illustrations which are used. And given that Winnie the Pooh is a deeply loved children literature ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Effy rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I liked some of the poems, loved others but then again some were kind of just there.
Nov 17, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
I love this book.

When I was six, my great-aunt (whom I loved very much) gave me a copy of this book for my birthday. Over the years, that copy was lost, but not before it was practically read to death. I didn't remember any specific poems in this, but I've always remembered that I loved it.

Last week, my son, Thomas, turned six. I gave him this book for his birthday. Later that evening we read from it, and how perfect was it that we read about Sir Thomas Tom. I didn't remember Sir Thomas Tom, b
Michelle Henry
Apr 14, 2014 Michelle Henry added it
Shelves: poetry
This book stars a collection of poems utilizing familiar characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin. With short and sweet poems along with the soft illustrations, these poems demonstrate mini stories that children can easily understand and relate to.

Merged review:

Milne's collections of poems in this work, uses characters that many children are familiar with. With the appearance of Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and Piglet, children wi be more engaged is these poems. Milne ill
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Alan Alexander Milne (pronounced /ˈmɪln/) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems.

A. A. Milne was born in Kilburn, London, to parents Vince Milne and Sarah Marie Milne (née Heginbotham) and grew up at Henley House School, 6/7 Mortimer Road (now Crescent), Kilburn, a small public school run by his father. One of his teac
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“But now I am six. And I'm clever as clever. And now I think I'll stay six now forever and ever.” 132 likes
“Wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
"Where are you going today?" says Pooh:
"Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.
Let's go together," says Pooh, says he.
"Let's go together," says Pooh.”
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