Pooh Reflecting

Pooh Reflecting
Pooh Reflecting

Sunday, July 31, 2011


I think everyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a Pooh aficionado.  I have loved all things Pooh since I was about five years old when my aunt Joan sent me, from England, a set of four books - Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.  I think they came at different times rather than as a set, but I loved them all.  The first two are the A. A. Milne stories, the others are the poems.  I think the poems were my favourite.  It helped that Mum and Dad bought us a record of the When We Were Very Young poems - I learned my favourites off by heart.  The record came from The World Record Club, and this was the cover.  I still have it, and when I work out how to use Jim's analogue to digital record player I will record it as an mp3.  One of my very favourite poems was Vespers - it goes like this:
Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

God bless Mummy. I know that's right.
Wasn't it fun in the bath to-night?
The cold's so cold, and the hot's so hot.
Oh! God bless Daddy - I quite forgot.

If I open my fingers a little bit more,
I can see Nanny's dressing-gown on the door.
It's a beautiful blue, but it hasn't a hood.
Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,
And pull the hood right over my head,
And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,
And nobody knows that I'm there at all.

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.
And what was the other I had to say?
I said "Bless Daddy," so what can it be?
Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

Another favourite was The King's Breakfast.  It goes like this:

The King’s Breakfast

By A. A. Milne

     The King asked
     The Queen, and
     The Queen asked
     The Dairymaid:
     “Could we have some butter for
     The Royal slice of bread?”
     The Queen asked
     The Dairymaid,
     The Dairymaid
     Said, “Certainly,
     I’ll go and tell
     The cow
     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
     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
     The Queen said
     And went to
     His Majesty:
     “Talking of the butter for
     The Royal slice of bread,
     Many people
     Think that
     Is nicer.
     Would you like to try a little

     The King said,
     And then he said,
     “Oh, dear me!”
     The King sobbed, “Oh, deary me!”
     And went back to bed.
     He whimpered,
     “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
     “Nobody,” he said,
     As he slid down
     The banisters,
     My darling,
     Could call me
     A fussy man—
I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!

Here is a Wikipedia reference to the book When We Were Very Young and one to Now We Are Six

I have quite a collection of Winnie-The-Poohs now.  My favourites are the classic Poohs rather than the Disney ones, although I love Disney's Eeyore.  Probably my favourite is this one - a Gund Classic Pooh.  I actually have two - not sure where I got the first, but the second came from a second hand stall at a market in Portland and cost me all of $5!  Susan also sent me a lovely classic Pooh from America when she was there.

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