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Blackstone Audio presents, from the unabridged collection “A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics,” the forty-four poems from When We Were Very Young and the thirty-five poems of Now We Are Six, performed by Peter Dennis. This is the only reading of these delightful verses authorized by A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin.

The first of A.A. Milne’s four world-famous books for children, When We Were Very Young introduced Christopher Robin to innumerable friends and has probably been read more widely than any other book of verse for children published in our time. Now We Are Six followed, becoming a modern classic in its own right.

For sheer delightfulness, the children’s rhymes of A.A. Milne are in a class by themselves with their charm, humor, understanding, and irresistible rhythms.

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“Peter Dennis has made himself Pooh’s Ambassador Extraordinary and no bear has ever had a more devoted friend. So if you want to meet the real Pooh, the bear I knew, the bear my father wrote about, listen to Peter. You will not be disappointed.”

Christopher Robin Milne

“Peter Dennis brings to these remarkable readings a quality that goes beyond professionalism into an area we can’t even begin to define.”

Los Angeles Times

“Congratulations on your outstanding contribution to children and their families.”

Diana Huss Green, editor-in-chief, Parents’ Choice Foundation

“Read these poems aloud and pass along (or start) a family tradition.”

Amazon.com, editorial review

Author Biography

Alan Alexander Milne (1882–1956) was the son of a Scottish schoolmaster. Milne won a scholarship to Westminster School and later read mathematics at Cambridge. His real interest was in lighthearted writing; he edited the undergraduate magazine Granta and at twenty-four he became assistant editor of Punch. After serving as a signals officer in World War I he won additional acclaim as a playwright. His great success, however, came as a writer of children’s literature after publishing a series of verses about his young son Christopher Robin (When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six). Following the acclaim received for the Winnie-the-Pooh books, Milne published several novels as well as an autobiography, It’s Too Late Now (1939).

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Peter Dennis (1933–2009) graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He played leading roles in London’s West End and throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. He also guest starred in numerous television series, including Alias, Friends, Seinfeld, and Star Trek: Voyager.

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