Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace

Grandparents will buy this book. Of that I am absolutely certain. I might have done too, had I not been provided with one, since even for a foreigner there is that tug at the heart strings when you come face-to-face with childhood nostalgia.

A A Milne and E H Shepard, Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace

It wasn’t so much my childhood, though. Mainly later. And I suspect that is the case for anyone young enough to be a parent of young children today. That’s why I know it’s the grandparents who will buy it as a gift.

Whether today’s children will enjoy A A Milne’s poems as much as older generations did, I have no idea. I’d like to think they will. But it is definitely the kind of book you read to and with the child.

I gather these poems are classic A A Milne poems, and I obviously recognise the illustrations by E H Shepard, coloured in by Mark Burgess. I definitely knew the James James Morrison Morrison poem, but perhaps not so many of the others.

It’s all very nice.

3 responses to “Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace

  1. Several years ago I was on the local railway station platform waiting for a train. It had been raining and there were several large puddles around. A small boy was splashing in his “rubber boots” (wellies) and I recited, “John had great big waterproof boots on…. ” He was fascinated. “Say it again” and “Say it again”. His mother had, sadly, not heard of AAMilne but I gave her the details and weeks later saw them in the bookshop picking up their own copy of “When we were very young”. If children get the chance they will still love the poems!

  2. I love that! We need far more kind ladies who will educate the children of the rest of us.
    Maybe I was wrong, but I never felt Offspring were the poem type. Or perhaps it was merely their mother who wasn’t.

  3. The song They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace (sung by a young Ann Stephens) is very nostalgic for OAPs of my generation: it was on the radio frequently, especially on the Children’s Favourites programme. Mind you, there was a limited number of about a dozen and a half songs regularly recycled every week, so there was every chance it would be included.

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