Sunday, November 6, 2011


I just finished WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG written by A. A. Milne with decorations by Ernest H Shepard.  Forty-four poems coming from the voices of Milne's son, "Christopher Robin (at approximately age three) or some other boy or girl, or Nurse, or Hoo - one of those curious children who look four on Monday and eight on Tuesday, and are really twenty-eight on Saturday, and you never know whether it is the day when he can pronounce his "r's".   It,s difficult to pick favorites from this collection, but I loved Nursery ChairsDaffodowndillPolitenessTeddy Bear and Vespers.  The 38th poem in the book, "Teddy Bear", that originally appeared in Punch magazine in February, 1924, was the first appearance of the famous character Winnie-the-Pooh, first named "Mr. Edward Bear".  It spoke to me about body image.

Bonnie R.

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