Now We are Six - A. A. Milne
Reading>Reading Challenge Category: Part of the complete Collection of Winnie the Pooh, a ‘book’ from the bucket list challenge
'But now I am Six, I'm as clever as clever. So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever!' Curl up with Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children, Now We Are Six. This work includes poems for children which feature Pooh helping Christopher Robin with his schoolwork (if helping is the word). It is an evocation of childhood, through the eyes of the six-year-old Robin. Featuring E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, Now We Are Six is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children’s poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we’ve come to expect from his favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.
I liked the introduction, it reminds us not to take everything so seriously, so this is how I tried to read this book. I don’t like poetry, so I tried to bear in mind that it was written by a 6-year old who was sometimes three, to hopefully see that it was fun!
Hmmm, that mindset didn’t work, and I was still just as bored reading these poems as I was with the last book. The poems are longer and tell more of a story in each one, but they are still just random. I’d kept hoping there would be Winnie The Pooh ones, and there were a few, but not enough to warrant this book being a part of the Winnie The Pooh classic collection. I read it as quickly as I could so that I could simply cross this off my ‘bucket list poster’. I’m sure all the poems have meaning if you are into that sort of thing, but I’m just not. I would much rather have read four Winnie The Pooh books that have to be subjected to poem nonsense like this:
‘A Thought’ If I were John and John were Me, Then he’d be six and I’d be three. If John were Me and I were John, I shouldn’t have these trousers on.
That is it, that was the whole poem, I actually said out loud “I wish he'd kept his ‘thought’ to himself!”