Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I wouldn't be King for a hundred pounds

Supposedly Queen Elizabeth II memorized this A. A. Milne poem as a child: "They're Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace."

It makes me want to get a book that includes it and read it to Kelly, so that when we eventually take her to London, she'll feel already a part of it.


Alice said...

You should definitely get that book for Kelly!

Both "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six" are fantastic books - I loved them both when I was little.

I always loved that poem best, because Christopher Robin goes down to Buckingham Palace with Alice.

The Tutor Studio said...

The only A.A. Milne poem I ever memorized was the end of "Now We Are Six". My nephew is turning six this year, so I should definitely buy it for him.

Amy said...

Hi - it's in here! Brings back many fond memories of childhood.


Dimestore Lipstick said...

My English Grandmother used to read to me from "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six" when I was little. And when I heard Roger Sterling & Alice Cooper (hee) quoting this in season 2 of Mad Men, it made me want a recording of John Slattery reading the whole poem.

Anonymous said...

I remember having it sung to me.

It is in one of Milne's collections of poetry - either "When we were very Young" or "Now we are Six". I was given the 1st as a small child and the
2nd, when I turned 6 - I think that was when dinosuars roamed the Earth.

I'm sure there must be used copies around somewhere. When my children were small 15, or so years ago, they were available in paperback. They have the lovely Ernest Shepherd illustrations in them. Winnie the Pooh is in one (or both) but as a supporting character.

They are charming books - really try and find them!