For the album by Steeleye Span, see Now We Are Six (album).

Now We Are Six is a book of thirty-five children's verses by A. A. Milne, with illustrations by E. H. Shepard. It was first published in 1927 including poems such as "King John's Christmas", "Binker" and "Pinkle Purr". Eleven of the poems in the collection are accompanied by illustrations featuring Winnie-the-Pooh. These include: "The Charcoal Burner", "Us Two", "The Engineer", "Furry Bear", "Knight-in-armour", "The Friend", "The Morning Walk", "Waiting at the Window", "Forgotten", "In the Dark" and "The End".

It was parodied with the (2003) book Now We Are Sixty.

The cognitive psychologist George Miller has argued that the poem In the dark was inspired by crib talk.[1]


  • Solitude
  • King John's Christmas
  • Busy
  • Sneezles
  • Binker
  • Cherry Stones
  • The Knight Whose Armour Didn't Squeak
  • Buttercup Days
  • The Charcoal-Burner
  • Us Two
  • The Old Sailor
  • The Engineer
  • Journeys end
  • Furry Bear
  • Forgiven
  • The Emperor's Rhyme
  • Knight In Armour
  • Come Out With Me
  • Down By The Pond
  • The Little Black Hen
  • The Friend
  • The Good Little Girl
  • A Thought
  • King Hilary and the Beggarman
  • Swing Song

Twice Times
The Morning Walk
Cradle Song
Waiting at the Window
Pinkle Purr
Wind on the Hill
In the Dark
The End


  1. Miller, G. (1962) Foreword by a psychologist, pp. 13-17, In Weir RH. (1962). Language in the Crib. University of Michigan; Edition 2, (1970) Mouton. OCLC 300988484

See also

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