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Every time I come back to AA Milne, I re-discover pure magic. There’s so much in his stories about being outdoors, about a childhood spent in nature, and about how ‘simply being’ is enough. I’ve just read this poem to my six-year old.

John had great big waterproof boots on
John had a great big waterproof hat
John had a great big waterproof Macintosh
And that
(Said John)
Was that.

I love it, I love the marching, puddle-stomping beat, the fierce determination of emerging independence. So I read it twice. I was rewarded with the following response from my son: ‘I didn’t even ask for a poem. Can you read me a Thomas book?’

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  1. He he. Sounds like my 6 year old. I can never predict his response to creative stimuli. Sometimes I get a delayed interest from him – and it takes me by surprise, and I’ll think: what poem/story/picture/song/idea did you want me to tell you again?

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