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We want to thank Eve Fitzpatrick, our first ever young writer on this site, for giving us her magnificent essay about one of our favorite authors.
On Milne and Other Matters
I am 10 years old and, though I have much to learn about writing, I have a few things to say about A. A. Milne. A. A. Milne, the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories, and other children’s books, has a way of writing that captures the mind and heart of every reader, both young and old. His writing is rapturous. People no longer write as he did or read writing like his anymore. But they should.
A. A. Milne was a British author who wrote stories about a boy named Christopher Robin and a bear named Winnie the Pooh, a bear of very little brain. Their adventures include other characters, namely, a piglet, an owl, a tiger, a rabbit, the rabbit’s friends and relations, and a kangaroo and her joey… oh, and I almost forgot, a donkey. Milne also wrote many poems for children about childhood.
Milne wrote two books about our little friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. They are called Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. In his stories about Pooh, Milne is able to bring the reader there, right into the story, and do it in a way that the reader can see and hear everything. You forget where you are because you feel that you are really there, in the story. You suddenly become a part of the story, and become friends with all of these lovable characters. One of the things that makes this happen is that you can recognize things in Milne’s characters that are in your real friends. For instance, we all know some gloomy person who doesn’t seem to think anything can go right.
“Good morning, Little Piglet,” said Eeyore. “If it is a good morning,” he said. “Which I doubt,” said he. “Not that it matters,” he said.
You can see that Eeyore isn’t the sunniest of characters, and he isn’t, and we all know someone just like him. And so, too, can we recognize all of the other animals’ personalities. We can recognize the eagerness of Roo, young and ready to learn, wanting to make friends which he does in an eager way. We can relate to Tigger who seems to never want to be still, for Tigger is a very active creature of the Hundred Acre Wood. Owl is known as the scholar, the wisest of the animals; even though, rather grand as he is, he still can’t spell. On a birthday present for Eeyore, he wrote anxiously before Pooh in a confident uphill scrawl:
HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY.
We all know these types, these temperaments. I can’t explain all the characters, unfortunately, because the friends and relations of Rabbit are so numerous we would end in hysterics, so I’ll go on with some other matters.
Milne also wrote When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. These books are equally delightful and chock full of poems which are very funny and lots of them are about Christopher Robin and his friends. People usually write poetry with long, important words that make the poetry look and sound grand, but children do not usually see much use in long, important words. I am a child, and I know—it makes the poetry seem somewhat dull. Maybe Milne knew this, too, for his poetry has hardly any meaning besides what it says.
For instance, Milne writes a poem about how Christopher Robin has a waterproof coat, and a waterproof hat, and waterproof boots, and waterproof… and so on. That’s all there is to it, and that is quite enough for a bit of poetry. It may not seem that interesting to you, but it is to children. It’s just good, plain poetry, and hilarious besides. In the poem “The Good Little Girl,” the mind of a child is poured out over the question people ask so often, “Were you a good little girl?” As the poem says, what’s the good of asking so much? If the girl was naughty, she is not going to want to just tell you about it. (Parents should really read this poem—it’s funny and most definitely true.) Children can delight in Milne’s poetry and read it over and over again without tiring. I thoroughly advise you to read his poems and see for yourself what I mean. The poetry in Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young is what I call good quality.
A very special part of all four of these books is the work of the illustrator, Ernest E. Shepard. He is a wonderful illustrator because he made the illustrations perfect. They look exactly as you imagine them. Simple yet realistic at the same time, these works of art are interesting, funny, and lively—a good example to all artists. A special “Congratulations” to Mr. Shepard for his charming illustrations, for he made the characters look as they are supposed to look—as they should look. Without his illustrations, Milne’s books wouldn’t be as enjoyable as they are. Throughout the Winnie the Pooh books and the poetry books, Shepard is faithful to the end. His amazing illustrations bring miracles to every page.
A. A. Milne’s books on Pooh and his poems about childhood give both young and old readers a delicious, warm feeling of delight—as all good books and good authors do. Even if you are a grown-up, you can still feel wonderful reading these books. If you are a grown-up, and you are reading them, then you are probably not reading it to yourself, but aloud to your children or your nieces, nephews, or other little children, and that is a delightful thing, too. In any case, somehow, reading books by A. A. Milne seem to make everything smooth out and make any troubles disappear. His books manage to light a candle of joy inside the reader, and provide enough pleasure to overfill a jug. No word is great enough to explain these terrific books, so enough with words.
Congratulations. Bravo, Milne. Bravo, Shepard.
Eve Fitzpatrick is 10 years old with brown hair, bangs, and blue eyes. She is a homeschooler and enjoys reading, writing, music, and being a sister to five energetic siblings.
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