In 1924, A.A. Milne published When We Were Very Young illustrated by E. H. Shepard, followed by Now We Are Six (1927). Here’s where we first meet the now-beloved Winnie-the-Pooh in the poem, “Teddy Bear.”
One of my favorite poems from When We Were Very Young is the rather subversive, “Disobedience.” Here’s how it begins:
Weatherby George Dupree
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
Said to his Mother,
“Mother,” he said, said he:
“You must never go down to the end of the town,
if you don’t go down with me.”
(You’ll find the whole poem here.)
Here are a handful of recent poetry anthologies that feature “old” poems in “new” ways—with new art and a new look. Look for:
Andrews, Julie and Hamilton, Emma Walton. Eds. 2012. Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year. Ill. by Marjorie Priceman. New York: Little, Brown.
Hoberman, Mary Ann. Ed. 2012. Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart. Ill. by Michael Emberley. New York: Little, Brown.
Lewis, J. Patrick. Ed. 2012. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. Washington DC: National Geographic.
Merchant, Natalie. Ed. 2012. Leave Your Sleep. Ill. by Barbara McClintock. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Posting by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2013. All rights reserved.
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