When We Were Very Young

When We Were Very Young


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For nearly a century, children and adults alike have delighted in this endearing volume of verse and its whimsical illustrations. Written with simplicity and gentle humor, A. A. Milne's poems recapture the innocence of childhood and the wonder of everyday situations, from putting on boots for a rainy day to birdwatching and gazing at a cloudy sky. Alert readers will recognize the narrator of "Teddy Bear," a poem that originally appeared in Punch magazine in 1924 and marked the debut of Winnie-the-Pooh (here named "Mr. Edward Bear" by the author's son, Christopher Robin Milne). The verses' imaginative rhymes and rhythms make them a joy to read aloud, and Ernest H. Shepard's drawings provide memorable accompaniment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140361230
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/28/1992
Series: Winnie-the-Pooh Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 122,618
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

English author A. A. Milne (1882–1956) is best remembered for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. He was a noted writer beyond his stories of the Hundred Acre Wood; known primarily as a playwright, he also wrote the ingenious locked-room caper, The Red House Mystery.
Artist Ernest H. Shepard (1879–1976) worked on the staff of Punch magazine, even while serving with distinction during the First World War, and he illustrated children's books for more than 50 years. He reputedly based his pictures of the Pooh characters on toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne.


Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England

Date of Birth:

January 18, 1882

Date of Death:

January 31, 1956

Place of Birth:

Hampstead, London

Place of Death:

Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England


Trinity College, Cambridge University (mathematics), 1903

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DisobedienceJames James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree Took great Care of his Mother,

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When We Were Very Young 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've had my copy for 50 years, and it has my grandmother's inscription 'This is Nana's favorite' on Vespers. My kids all learned these poems, and now we give copies for baby shower gifts.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 delightful. His writings are cute, yet filled with wisdom.This was a quick, calm read while the rain pelted the windows.
bigorangecat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
Coffeehag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 / Care of his Mother / Though he was only three." A. A. Milne has captured what it means to be a child in his poetry.
Occultation on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿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 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...BP
jmattas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 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.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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."
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i remember my mom and dad reading this book to me and my sister over and over again throughout our childhood. it was our very favorite, and we would ask for it each and every night. i can still recite half the poems in the book. now i read them, with fond memories, to my two small grandkids. the drawings are still the same as i remember from all those years ago. a must-own bedtime book for every family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book that introduces kids to poetry and makes them like it. They're easily read and easily understood, much like Dr. Seuss and Wonderful Stories from Skog Forest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother read these poems to me. Now that I am a mother, I am reading them to my daughter. She loves the same ones I did. She particularly likes Halfway Down and sits on a step halfway down the stairs while we read it.