The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Poohby A.A Milne (Author), Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
It’s a rainy day today and its been raining all day and its going to be raining for a few more days. That is when you want to curl up with a good book and drink a cup of hot chocolate. I picked this book up at the library knowing that the little one loves All Things Winnie-the-Pooh. And we can’t keep this book down.. and wishing that the rain stays for a few more days.
Here are some interesting things about this book. Its a collection of poems as the names goes. A collection of two collections “When we were very young” and “Now we are six”. These two collections have been published in the past as separate books and have been very well received. A. A. Milne created this set of poems inspired by his own son Christopher Robin and from his own childhood memories. The much loved enchanting world that he creates in his stories are beautifully drawn out in his poetry. Ernest Shepard’s drawings will immediately remind you why you (and your kids) fell in love with this simple naughty Winnie the Pooh.
I also loved reading the “About” sections in the beginning of the book. I don’t usually “enjoy” reading the About sections, but I must say I really liked reading it here. In “About Ernest H. Shepard” there is beautiful dedication by Milne in poetry verse to Shepard. Don’t skip this section.
About the book? This book is great for kids who love rhyme and rhythm. Although written in early 1920’s this books still captivates you and makes you want to keep on reading. This one is a keeper. Borrow it, Buy it, Gift it!
An excerpt from “When We Were Very Young” section: Halfway Down Halfway Down the stairs Is a stair Where I sit. There isn’t any Other stair Quite like It. I’m not at the bottom, I’m not at the top; So this is the stair Where I always Stop. Halfway up the stairs Isn’t up, And isn’t down. It isn’t in the nursery, It isn’t in the town. And all sorts of funny thoughts Run round my head: “It isn’t really Anywhere! It’s somewhere else Instead!”