A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young. Illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard
Published 2007 by Egmont Books, 112p
Every child is his parents’ inspiration.
In 1924, Alan Alexander Milne published this volume of poems for his son, Christopher Robin who was three years old at that time. If the name of the boy sounds familiar to you, it is because he is the owner of Winnie the Pooh.
The collection includes 44 poems that depict Christopher’s world and happy childhood. It is precious how good writers can play with words, even with the silly ones. The little boy is at the center of the universe:
“Do you think the king knows all about me?” (Buckingham Palace)
and he enjoys experiencing it. Christopher interacts with nannies and doctors, insists on looking after his mother, is polite and says his prayers but he also has charming conversations with animals; he even buys a tail to look like them.
Happiness is wearing a mac and gumboots and playing outside on a rainy day. Happiness is having sand between toes and pretending the chair is the ship to take you to Amazon or around the world.
This is a good book to bring to life memories from our childhood. At least, for me, it was a good occasion to tell my daughter about my favourite monkey and my blue gumboots.