Tuesday, August 31, 2021

"Poems From When We Were Young" - a bookwrap



Poems from When We Were Very Young

by A.A. Milne, Rosemary Wells (Compilation)


 * Ages:  6-8

* Grade Level". PS-3

* Hardcover/ Kindle:  80 pages

* Publisher:  Norton Young Readers

* Pub. Date:  October 5, 2021

* Language:  English

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Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


The Book  

These beloved poems were first published in 1924 by A. A. Milne. He is the originator of Winnie-the-Pooh which is also a classic.  His collection of poems are the most familiar and treasured works in children's literature.  He created the poems for his three-year-old son, Christopher Robin, and thousands of children have read or sung these poems over the years. 

Infamous author and illustrator Rosemary Wells has worked her imagination and magic to create up-dated illustrations that marry with these timeless poems beautifully.  She is noted for her Max and Ruby series and Mother Goose illustrations that the modern-day child will be familiar with. 

This book is a gem and lovely to share with a new generation.  Both young and old will appreciate its delightful charm.  I highly recommend it. 

The Contents: 

 ~ Illustrator's Note

~ Happiness

~ Rice Pudding

~ Disobedience

~ Lines and Squares

~ Independence

~ Halfway Down

~ The Three Foxes

~ The King's Breakfast

~ Puppy and I

~ Buckingham Palace 

~ Jonathan Jo

~ The Third Chair ( Nursery Chairs )

~ Old-Fashioned Words

Meet the Author

Alan Alexander Milne (pronounced /ˈmΙͺln/) 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 (nΓ©e 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 teachers was H. G. Wells who taught there in 1889–90. Milne attended Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied on a mathematics scholarship. While there, he edited and wrote for Granta, a student magazine. He collaborated with his brother Kenneth and their articles appeared over the initials AKM. Milne's work came to the attention of the leading British humour magazine Punch, where Milne was to become a contributor and later an assistant editor.

Milne joined the British Army in World War I and served as an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and later, after a debilitating illness, the Royal Corps of Signals. He was discharged on February 14, 1919.

After the war, he wrote a denunciation of war titled Peace with Honour (1934), which he retracted somewhat with 1940's War with Honour. During World War II, Milne was one of the most prominent critics of English writer P. G. Wodehouse, who was captured at his country home in France by the Nazis and imprisoned for a year. Wodehouse made radio broadcasts about his internment, which were broadcast from Berlin. Although the light-hearted broadcasts made fun of the Germans, Milne accused Wodehouse of committing an act of near treason by cooperating with his country's enemy. Wodehouse got some revenge on his former friend by creating fatuous parodies of the Christopher Robin poems in some of his later stories, and claiming that Milne "was probably jealous of all other writers.... But I loved his stuff."

He married Dorothy "Daphne" de SΓ©lincourt in 1913, and their only son, Christopher Robin Milne, was born in 1920. In 1925, A. A. Milne bought a country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex. During World War II, A. A. Milne was Captain of the Home Guard in Hartfield & Forest Row, insisting on being plain 'Mr. Milne' to the members of his platoon. He retired to the farm after a stroke and brain surgery in 1952 left him an invalid and by August 1953 "he seemed very old and disenchanted".

He was 74 years old when he passed away in 1956. 

About the Illustrator

Rosemary Wells is the author of 120 books for children, including more than 40 about the beloved bunnies Max and Ruby. She travels all over the country as a tireless advocate for literacy. Wells was born in New Jersey to a playwright father and ballet dancer mother who encouraged her artistic bent. She worked as an art director and designer before illustrating her first book. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Victoria and Marguerite, and grandmother to four girls.

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