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

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  14,484 ratings  ·  229 reviews
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 January 1st 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.
When I was very young, I eyed this book cautiously.
Six seemed immeasurably ancient. I feared being infected with age.

Laura Verret
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
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.
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.
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
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

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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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. :)
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
Nikole Rettman
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+

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.
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
I got this book as a gift on my sixth birthday. Love it -- still have it. A classic for any child.
Shehroze Ameen
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
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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Jesse Whitehead
I don’t have a high tolerance for poetry. Most of it is boring and pretentious — which is just my way of saying that I don’t understand. There are a few poems out there (I wouldn’t even say poets) that I really enjoy. Most of them because they resonate with me on some level.

A. A. Milne’s “The Knight Whose Armor Didn’t Squeak” is one of the great ones. I memorized that poem when I was little because it amused me so much and I read it over and over until I no longer had to read it.

The rest of this
This book is the continuation of the poems from "When We Were Very Young". Once again the poems contain brilliant use of rhythm and rhyming patterns. I love how the poems are so easy to relate to for all who are reading them and I feel like they sound very similar to nursery rhymes in that the rhythm is very present and that they are very childlike. There are a lot of poems about silly adults, people and many stories about little kids and their imaginations coming alive with imagery, metaphors, ...more
It was the middle of the night, I was awake and had an odd craving for the poetry of my childhood. This is where the whole e-book idea excels. Those cravings aren't new but technology caught up. King John's Christmas is my family's Christmas Tradition - we read (or possibly recite) more often than Night Before, and this poem is part of my 'catch phrase' library, as is The Emperor's Rhyme, Busy and others. There are phrases that allow me to express myself in ways that regular words don't provide. ...more
Satkar Ulama
After reading the complete Winnie the Pooh series, I came to a conclusion that A. A. Milne is possibly one of the greatest authors ever. He is highly skillful in playing with words just like Shel Silverstein, and he is very imaginative just like Dr. Seuss. Short stories or poems, Milne nailed them all.
Wilde Sky
This book contains a collection of poems about a small boy and his toys / friends.

I found this collection of poetry really moved me, transporting me back to my childhood. The illustrations in this book were exquisite.

I’m not a great fan of poetry but would definitely recommend this collection - even to those who don’t usually enjoy the form.
Steve Stuart
So obviously these nursery rhymes are intended for the six-year-old crowd. And some of them don't scan as well as you'd wish them to. But most of them are bubbly, cute and humorous. Sometimes the humor is even subtle. It's definitely a step up from When We Were Very Young, and occasionally even philosophical, as when

Elizabeth Ann
Said to her Nan:
"Please can you tell me how God began?"

or in pointing out that

No one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

In the
Scott Andre
The same author that brings you Winnie the Pooh brings you childhood poetry about Christopher Robin and his friend Winnie the Pooh. The poetry is great to read to children although I liked Milne's When We Were Very Young slightly better, but just like When We Were Very Young it is great to help put the kids to sleep.
Anna Fisher
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.
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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.” 130 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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