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 was entered into a competition where I had to say a short poem so picked this and kept reading it until I knew it by heart. The day came, I recited it without stumbling, when I had finished...

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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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  • Jeanne Gill by Jeanne Gill
  • 3 weeks ago

I was entered into a competition where I had to say a short poem so picked this and kept reading it until I knew it by heart. The day came, I recited it without stumbling, when I had finished the head adjudicator said, "Thank you, that was really lovely and how old are you?" When I told him I was 6, he smiled and said, "I hope you do stay 6 for ever and ever!" I remember both that and the wonderful poem to this day - I'm 75 this year!

  • Beatrice Nearey by Beatrice Nearey
  • 2 months ago

I often read AA Milne poems with my children when they were little & enjoyed the original Pooh stories with them. On the morning of her sixth birthday, our daughter woke us up by sitting on our bed and happily reciting 'Now I am Six' to us from memory. She will be 50 this summer & still plays Pooh Sticks on bridges.

  • Debbie Bullard by Debbie Bullard
  • 5 months ago

This is my forever favourite poem. I am now 59, but I have never forgotten it. I don't think I have ever appreciated a simple poem since. Thank you, A.A. Milne. Have always loved your stories and poems. Lots of childhood memories and also sharing with my children.

I've always loved this poem and taught it to my children and grandchildren at the appropriate time.

  • Magnolia Dahl by Magnolia Dahl
  • 1 year ago

I am 8 and I am so, so late! When I am 9, it will all be fine.

  • Marie by Marie
  • 1 year ago

I really, really like the poem and I am six. And I like Pooh Bear.

  • Katie by Katie
  • 1 year ago

I like this poem but I am seven
So...Now I am seven
I am in heaven!

  • J Hardy by J Hardy
  • 3 years ago

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

  • George by George
  • 3 years ago

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

  • Marshall Chase Spencer by Marshall Chase Spencer
  • 4 years ago

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

  • Tina Crews by Tina Crews
  • 4 years 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).

  • Berkeley Lai by Berkeley Lai
  • 5 years ago

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

  • Glorious Phil Perumadan by Glorious Phil Perumadan
  • 5 years ago

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

  • Addison Skye Wisniewski by Addison Skye Wisniewski
  • 4 months ago

I am nine but almost ten. I will do it about me being nine. I am nine and I stepped on a pine.

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