When We Were Very Young, the first of A. A. Milne's four world-famous books for children, was first published in 1924. With its companion volume Now We Are Six, the little books became two of the biggest bestsellers in publishing history. Children all over the world have heard about the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace; the three little foxes who kept their handkerchiefs in cardboard boxes; and, of course, Christopher Robin, named for A. A. Milne's son. Adults and older children will enjoy Milne's poems too, as some of his humor is subtly directed at a more sophisticated audience. But younger children are the ones who love the naughty Mary Jane and the bears on the corners of London's streets. For sheer delightfulness the children's rhymes of A. A. Milne are in a class by themselves, with their charm, humor, and understanding -- to say nothing of their irresistible rhythms.
Performed by Miranda Richardson
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Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) was a playwright, an essayist, a novelist, and a short-story writer. He is best known as the creator of a series of children's books about a teddy bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne was also a longtime contributor and assistant editor at the British humor magazine Punch.
Miranda Richardson, a two-time Oscar® nominee, has garnered rave reviews for her performances in Dance with a Stranger, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Damage, Tom and Viv, and Spider. She displayed her comedic talents in Absolutely Fabulous and three Blackadder television series, including playing Elizabeth I in the second season and film.From AudioFile:
These Milne classics are narrated by Miranda Richardson, who has an astonishing dramatic range. Hear her transform herself from a throat-clearing old harrumpher introducing the book into a gruff King John and then back into a young boy, all while emphasizing the rhymes and rhythms that have made these pieces loved by so many children for such a long time. Poems include "Buckingham Palace," "Rice Pudding," "Sneezles," "Halfway Down," and many other favorites; Pooh makes an appearance here and there but is not the main feature. Those who love Charles Kuralt's reading done several years ago may miss the warmth that he brought to these stories; Richardson sounds cool by comparison, like a stern nanny. But her insights into the meaning of these pieces and the energy she brings to her characterizations compensate. J.C.G. 2005 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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