Hi there,I was wondering if anyone could help me find the name of a book I had when I was young. Its a childrens poetry book and has poems by A.A Milne including "Halfway Down the Stairs. It...

Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone could help me find the name of a book I had when I was young.

Its a childrens poetry book and has poems by A.A Milne including "Halfway Down the Stairs. It had really good illustrations with lots of short poems by collected authors. It was such a lovely book and I'd love to find it so I can pass It on to my nieces. I think it was written about 15 years ago and I think there were animals on the cover. I would really appreciate anyones help. Thanks Nicola

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not sure, but I think you might be referring to "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky and Arnold Lobel.  It was published in 1983 and has great illustrations and poems for children. 

jpthummel | Student

I have a book, "An Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature," from when I was young. It is edited by Margaret E. Martignoni and published by Grosset and Dunlop, (original copyright 1955). ISBN: 9780448041014. I found it at a thrift store and recognized the cover from my childhood. It's a cream color with several colorful characters on the front. It's a large anthology with 550 pages.

There are a variety of children's poems and nursery rhymes included with an extensive table of contents; A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, and Edward Lear to name a few of the authors included. The poem "Halfway Down," is included,(pg. 56). It is from A.A. Milne's original collection of poems called "When We Were Very Young."

It appears to be out of print. However, I have googled it and it appers to be in varying conditions for sale on Amazon and ebay. In addition, I've included a couple of book sites below that offer used books for sale.

If you're looking for just A.A. Milne's work,I have a collection: "The World of Christopher Robin," published by Dutton in 1958. The ISBN is 0-525-44448-3. It is a hardback and includes, The Complete "When We Were Very Young," and "Now We Are Six." The poem you refer to is on page 95. Illustrations are by Ernest H. Shepherd. You could go online or order it at any bookstore with the ISBN and the author/publisher information.