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

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Hardcover, 101 pages
Published October 31st 1988 by Dutton Juvenile (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...more
Manny
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.
Rebecca
When I was very young, I eyed this book cautiously.
Six seemed immeasurably ancient. I feared being infected with age.

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Laura
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.

Knight-in-Armour

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
...more
Andrea
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...more
Mariela
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
Dusty
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...more
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.
Baranie
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.
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.

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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...more
Julia
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
Ryan
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
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 end,...more
Suzanne Stroh
If you're like me, you'll remember this book being read to you as a child. And then you'll have the even greater pleasure of never forgetting who gave it to YOUR OWN child. (Thank you, Cricket!)

Walking the orchards with my dogs as a girl, carrying my lunch in a bandana tied to a stick slung over my shoulder, I read it aloud to the clouds overhead. I was never very good at memorizing poems, but if I was, it would be these.

Thirty-five years later, with long dark nights before us, working on a diff...more
Heidi
Another sweet book, narrated perfectly in this audio version. I must own these books! How have I, with my lifelong nickname, never read a Pooh bear book before? At least I own one. Now I need to read it. If it's like these two poetry books have been, then I will love it and read it often to my children.
Orlane
A very good collection of poems.
They were more mature, developed, than those in When We Were Very Young.
The illustrations complete perfectly the text.

I liked that Pooh was present in this collection
Austen to Zafón
I had a Pooh LP record from 1960 that had several of the poems from this and When We Were Very Young, mostly set to a tune. I remember them so vividly. I particularly remember "Whenever the Emperor got into a temper, or felt himself sulky or sad..." I still have that album, and my husband copied it to a tape for me so that I could play it for my son. But my goodness, the Piglet in that recording is SO annoying. Any my son's not big on poetry. But I still love it all. I wish I could find an onlin...more
Darlene
Remedy for when you feel yucky

No matter how old I get these poems never fail to make me feel like a child again. It's the perfect remedy for a rainy or sick day.
Terri Kempton
I have my mom's original copy of the book, but hadn't read it since I was a kid. This is a priceless treasure full of gentle prose - meant to be read aloud. The book form of comfort food!
Rachael
I read this to my Grandma. She isn't well, & it was lovely to read to her, bringing back memories of her introducing A A Milne to us
Joy (Thoughts of Joy)
You can read my thoughts here. (3.25/5)
mellyana
"wherever I am, there's always Pooh, There's always Pooh and Me."

when the thing gets though, you need that kind of wisdom
Maris Digiovanni
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 and many stories about little kids and their imaginations coming alive with imagery, metaphors, and sim...more
Oliver
I admit I have been very slow reading this book, for its size, but I've had lots of homework and new graphic novels from the library, but tonight, reading late into the night, i finished it. I got this for my sixth birthday from my grandparents. Even though I read a little bit here, and a little more there, I still enjoyed this book and could not help smiling after reading every poem (or could you call them short stories?). I love A.A. Milne and I especially love the illustrations by E.H. Shepar...more
Amy
I had never read the poetry of Milne until now and I really enjoyed it. I tried to read them like a rhyme or limerick but found myself stumbling unfortunately, I couldn't always find the right pace to read them so they flowed correctly. I know poems don't always need to rhyme but it took a while to get the flow of the poems right. Having said that though they were great, especially the one about sneezles and the bad King John. Milne makes them children's poems as well as adult so they can both e...more
Kaethe
When I was young I loved the poems more than the stories of Milne.
Elizabeth Burr
Again, I just can't get away from Winnie the Pooh, I just love the way A.A. Milne does his work. the Poem I chose was now we are six, this poem has counting and rhyming it is such a great little poem easy to remember with rout counting, 1 to 6!

Now We Are Six

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five, I was just alive.
But now I am Six, I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for eve...more
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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...more
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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.” 122 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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