Happy Birthday Alan Alexander Milne!

“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.”

Today is A. A. Milne’s birthday, he was born on this day in 1882!

Although Milne wrote and adapted plays, wrote poems and adult fiction, he is best known for creating Edward bear, otherwise known as Winnie-the-Pooh and his many friends.

I can not thank Milne enough for creating Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, as they have been with me since I was tiny. This book is only two months younger than myself, I know this because the kind lady who gave it me wrote a wonderful little inscription inside and dated it two months after my birth.

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I have early memories of my sister reading this book to me and when I was old enough I read it myself, over and over again and still read it as an adult. Then I fell in love with Eeyore and the obsession began. I’m not sure when I fell in love with Eeyore but it has been going on for a very long time. I just adore him, he is very cute and I just want to cuddle him and make everything better. I started collecting Eeyore’s from an early age and now even as an adult the collection continues. They even have their own chair in the house!

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I find even as an adult I can relate to the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh. Piglet is very scared of the world and certain things and sometimes I find things scary and do not want to leave the house but, just like Piglet, I have to be brave. Eeyore is down in the dumps and sometimes just wants to be left alone, yes, I have those days as well Eeyore. Tigger is very hyper and when I have had enough sugar, I can be just the same. The list continues.

The best example I can show you today is Pooh trying to touch his toes in the morning during his exercises. Pooh and myself both have the same problem, too much honey!

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This page also shows the bookmark I got at primary school and have preserved in this book ever since. I love a good bookmark! Also notice the bookmark is a dragon!

Anyway, Happy Birthday A. A. Milne and thank you for the world of Winnie-the-Pooh!

Lady Book Dragon.

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Friday Poetry

Today is A. A. Milne’s birthday! So I went for a suitably related poem. I hope everyone has a good weekend planned ahead of them.

The King’s Breakfast

 

The King asked

The Queen, and

The Queen asked

The Dairymaid:

“Could we have some butter

The Royal slice of bread?”

The Queen asked

The Dairymaid,

The Dairymaid

Said: “Certainly,

I’ll go and tell

The cow

Now

Before she goes to bed.”

 

 

 

The Dairymaid

She curtsied,

And went and told

The Alderney:

“Don’t forget the butter for

The Royal slice of bread.”

The Alderney

Said sleepily:

“You’d better tell

His majesty

That many people nowadays

Like marmalade

Instead.”

 

 

The Dairymaid

Said “Fancy!”

And went to 

Her Majesty.

She curtsied to the Queen, and

She turned a little red:

“Excuse me,

Your Majesty, 

For taking of 

The liberty,

But marmalade is tasty, if 

It’s very

Thickly

Spread.”

 

 

 

The Queen said:

“Oh!”

And went to 

His Majesty:

“Talking of the butter for

The Royal slice of bread,

Many people

Think that 

Marmalade

Is nicer.

Would you like to try a little

Marmalade

Instead?”

 

 

 

The King said:

“Bother!”

And then he said

“Oh, deary me!”

The King sobbed: “Oh, deary me!”

And went back to bed.

“Nobody,”

He wimpered

“Could call me

A fussy man;

I only want

A little bit

Of butter for 

My bread!”

 

 

The Queen said:

“There, there!”

And went to

The Dairymaid.

The Dairymaid

Said: “There, there!”

And went to the shed.

The cow said:

“There, there!

I didn’t really 

Mean it;

Here’s milk for his porringer

And butter for his bread.”

 

 

 

The Queen took

The butter

And brought it to

His Majesty;

The King said:

“Butter, eh?”

And bounced out of bed.

“Nobody,” he said:

As he kissed her

Tenderly,

“Nobody,” he said,

As he slid down

The banisters,

“Nobody,

My darling,

Could call me

A fussy man-

BUT

I do like a bit of butter to my bread!”

 

A. A. Milne

 

Lady Book Dragon.

Winnie – The – Pooh: Gloom and Doom for Pessimists by A. A. Milne with decorations by E. H. Shepard (Review)

Winnie – the – Pooh: Gloom and Doom for Pessimists by A. A. Milne with decorations by E. H. Shepherd.

About the author

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Alan Alexander Milne was born in London on the 18th January 1882. He served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I and was captain of the British Home Guard in World War II. Milne was known at the beginning of his career as a playwright and a writer for Punch magazine but when he created the character Winnie the Pooh all his previous work was overshadowed by the success of Winnie the Pooh. He died in 1956.

About the illustrator

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Ernest Howard Shepard was born in London in 1879. He worked for Punch magazine as a cartoonist and illustrator. He is best known for his illustrations of The Winnie Pooh books and The Wind in the Willows.

Blurb

This gently-humorous collection of A. A. Milne’s most melancholy moanings will bring a smile to the face of even the grumpiest Eeyore.

Review

Waiting at a check out with all the Christmas food shopping I spotted this book sat on the side. I saw that it had Eeyore on the cover, so I had to have it immediately, anything with Eeyore, I have to have. I did not even look to see what the book was about, a definite choice purely from looks, rather than content.

This book is very short but enjoyable. Each page has a beautiful illustration on and there is a phrase and a quote involving Eeyore to back up this phrase.

 

Sometimes you just don’t feel like sunshine and happiness…

‘And how are you?’ Said Winnie-the-Pooh.

Eeyore shook his head from side to side.

‘Not very how,’ he said. ‘I don’t seem to have felt at all how for a long time.’

‘Dear, dear,’ said Pooh, ‘I’m sorry about that.’

 

I loved this little book as it reminded me of reading Winnie-the-Pooh when I was little and to be honest as a child all I wanted to read about was Eeyore, although I liked the other characters they were never as good as Eeyore. The other element I enjoyed was the humour, the carefully chosen phrases that went with the quotes were excellent and at times they made me giggle.

Although I am not a pessimist like Eeyore, I did sympathise with him and agree with some of his feelings from this book. Sometimes we do not feel our best and having a bouncy happy person around does not help our situation.

The illustrations are as beautiful as I remember and they fit perfectly with all the quotes. I was a little disappointed with the ending of the book because it goes away from Eeyore, it just feels like the people who put it together ran out of ideas, I would have preferred for them to have finished the books sooner than what feels like rambling. Due to this reason I only gave the book 3 dragons. An enjoyable and quick read to sit down to when you have a spare five minutes.

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Lady Book Dragon

Christmas Reading continued

Greetings readers!

How is everyone’s run up to Christmas going so far?

Well I did promise that I would probably add to the Christmas reading list and I have. I have added three new books.

1. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

This book was half price at Waterstones and as usual I could not resist.

2. Winnie the Pooh Gloom and Doom for Pessimists by A.A Milne

3. The Snowman: a new story inspired by the original tale by Raymond Briggs by Michael Morpurgo

These last two I bought today whilst out shopping in the supermarket. To be honest we went in to look at the Christmas decorations and I spotted The Snowman and picked it up. The Winnie the Pooh book was quite simply because it had Eeyore on the front and he is and will always be, my favourite Winnie the Pooh character. One day I will show you all just how many Eeyore’s I own.

Anyway that is my updated list! Please let me know your thoughts if you have read any of them.

Oh and we decorated our new Christmas tree today as well.

Happy reading.

Lady Book Dragon.