poohWho wrote this book and when?
A. A. Milne wrote both sets of stories in this treasury and they were published in 1926 and 1928.

Has there been a film version?
More than I care to comment on.

Who are the important characters?
Winnie the Pooh – a stuffed bear come to life, he is of very little brains and a big heart
Christopher Robin – a young boy who is the “owner” of all the characters in the 100 Acre Wood
Piglet – a small pig with very little courage
Rabbit – a rabbit who is very organized and important, he has many friends and relations
Tigger – a Tiger who bounces
Owl – a very intelligent owl
Kanga and Roo – mother and son kangaroos, Roo is very adventurous
Eeyore – a depressed donkey with a detachable tail

What’s it about?
This book is the collected stories from the first two Pooh books: “Winnie the Pooh,” and “A House on Pooh Corner.” It tells stories of Winnie the Pooh and his adventures with his friends in the 100 Acre Wood. Christopher Robin is Pooh’s best friend and he is very smart. He always knows just what to do. The books also introduce Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger. Together, the group spends time hunting heffalumps, braving wind and rain storms, searching for the North Pole, and looking for honey.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s one of the sweetest, most-enduring children’s stories of all time.

Do you recommend I read this book?
Yes. Especially if you have a child.

How did this book make your list?
It was on the 100 Best Books of All Time list.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“Piglet scratched his ear in a nice sort of way, and said that he had nothing to do until Friday, and would be delighted to come, in case it really was a Woozle.” – p 39

“So Roo, who was drinking his milk, tried to say that he could do both at once. . . and had to be patted on the back and dried for quite a long time afterwards.” – p 142

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
‘Pooh!’ he whispered.
‘Yes, Piglet?’
‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.'” – p 261

Anything else?
You can see the original stuffed animals that belonged to A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, in the Donnell Library Center Central Children’s Room in New York City.

Personal thoughts:
This is a very good sort of story. Whether you are young or old, Pooh will win your heart over. The story is told from an adult’s point of view, but in a children’s voice – which makes it interesting. There are a lot of “original” spellings of words and random capitolizations. The characters of the original Pooh might surprise you with how different they are from the Disney-fied characters; but this is nothing new, right?

My favorite story in the book was the very last one – the one where Christopher Robin realizes he is growing up and won’t be coming back anymore. He and Pooh have a moment all to themselves in the Enchanted Place and Christopher Robin swears he will always remember Pooh and come visit him in the enchanted place.

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