Now We Are Six

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Now We Are Six
First edition (Methuen)
AuthorA. A. Milne
IllustratorE. H. Shepard
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreChildren's poetry
PublisherMethuen & Co. Ltd. (London)
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback)
Preceded byWhen We Were Very Young 

Now We Are Six is a book of thirty-five children's verses by A. A. Milne, with illustrations by E. H. Shepard. It was first published in 1927 including poems such as "King John's Christmas", "Binker" and "Pinkle Purr". Eleven of the poems in the collection are accompanied by illustrations featuring Winnie-the-Pooh. These are: "The Charcoal Burner", "Us Two", "The Engineer", "Furry Bear", "Knight-in-armour", "The Friend", "The Morning Walk", "Waiting at the Window", "Forgotten", "In the Dark" and "The End". It includes an endearing introduction by the author speaking in his six year old voice reflecting on, and perhaps rationalising, the 'babyish' subjects of his early verse.

The cognitive psychologist George Miller has argued that the poem "In the Dark" was inspired by crib talk.[1]

Around 1930, the soprano Mimi Crawford recorded several of the poems, set to music. The 78rpm shellac record (HMV B2678) includes "Sneezles", "The Friend", "The Emperor's Rhyme" and "Furry Bear". The music is by Harold Fraser-Simson (1872–1944) who also composed the music for Toad of Toad Hall in 1929.

Now We Are Six was parodied with the (2003) book Now We Are Sixty and by an anthology of horror-themed poems titled Now We Are Sick (an anthology by Neil Gaiman).


  • Solitude
  • King John's Christmas
  • Busy
  • Sneezles
  • Binker
  • Cherry Stones
  • The Knight Whose Armour Didn't Squeak
  • Buttercup Days
  • The Charcoal-Burner
  • Us Two
  • The Old Sailor
  • The Engineer
  • Journey's End
  • Furry Bear
  • Forgiven
  • The Emperor's Rhyme
  • Knight-in-Armour
  • Come Out with Me
  • Down by the Pond
  • The Little Black Hen
  • The Friend
  • The Good Little Girl
  • A Thought
  • King Hilary and The Beggarman
  • Swing Song
  • Explained
  • Twice Times
  • The Morning Walk
  • Cradle Song
  • Waiting at The Window
  • Pinkle Purr
  • Wind on the Hill
  • Forgotten
  • In the Dark
  • The End

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  1. ^ Miller, G. (1962) Foreword by a psychologist, pp. 13-17, In Weir RH. (1962). Language in the Crib. University of Michigan; Edition 2, (1970) Mouton. OCLC 300988484

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