Famous Children Poem

A.A. Milne was an English author who lived from 1882-1956. He is best known for his stories about Winnie the Pooh, which were inspired by his son, Christopher Robin Milne's, stuffed animals. In this poem, a young child recounts the previous five years and how life was just beginning. But six, oh, six is the best year.

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I recited this to my granddaughter on her 6th birthday, and she beamed from ear to ear. Very sweet moment.

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Now We Are Six

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When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

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Poem of the Day for: 11/19/2017

The candor of children can be unexpected. They share exactly what they're thinking, and the way they view the world is vastly different than the way adults see it. In this poem, age six is seen as the magical age for life to begin. All the years before did not seem meaningful to the child.

Connect Over a Poem:

Ask your child what they like about being their current age. What’s something they can do this year that they couldn’t do last year?

Fun Activity:

Ask your child their thoughts on their current age and the next year to come. Record their answers, and give it a try every year on their birthday. They’ll love to look back on their responses when they’re older, and rereading their answers will be sure to make you laugh. 

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Has this poem touched you? Share your story!
  • by J Hardy
  • 4 months ago

I recited this to my granddaughter on her 6th birthday, and she beamed from ear to ear. Very sweet moment.

  • by George
  • 10 months ago

Really good poem. I like the rhyming in it. Fantastic.

  • by Marshall Chase Spencer
  • 1 year ago

I like your poem because it rhymes and it is funny. When I was six I was stuck in my bed.

  • by Tina Crews
  • 1 year ago

This was my favorite poem as a child. I practiced and practiced until I got it right; I still remember it today and I'm 35 (shhhh, don't tell anyone).

  • by Berkeley Lai
  • 1 year ago

This really touched my heart. I loved that this is about a child growing up.

  • by Glorious Phil Perumadan
  • 2 years ago

I was touched by this story because it depicted my childhood.

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