'King John's Christmas' by A.A. Milne
Illustrations by E.H. Shepherd
King John's unhappiness and loneliness are revealed, as he longs for his first ever Christmas present.
This poem appears in the collection Now We Are Six, which is one of the most charming things you'll ever read. 'King John's Christmas' is long enough to satisfy readers on December 3rd, I think, as we look at the hated king from a new perspective. Milne's style of writing provides a change in tone from Blyton and Alcott's moral tales, but there is still a message to be found, as we explore in jovial fashion the secret feelings of history's most despised monarch.
' "TO ALL AND SUNDRY - NEAR AND FAR -
'F. CHRISTMAS IN PARTICULAR."
'And signed it not "Johannes R."
'But very humbly, "JACK." '
A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six (Egmont, 1989), p.3.