Title: Winnie-the-PoohWinnie-the-Pooh
Author: A. A. Milne
Illustrator: Ernest H. Shepard
Pages: 161
Recommended Ages: Everyone :)
Star Rating: ★★★★★

I read this book for the first time a few weeks ago. I’d read the other three books – The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six – but I’d never held a copy of Winnie the Pooh in my hands. Oh, sweet glory.

It’s SO STINKIN’ CUTE. You know how you hear about those really successful people who always keep three books on their desk and read a bit out of each of them every day? Well, when I become rich and famous with an imperial wood desk, my books are going to be The Complete Sherlock Holmes and Winnie the Pooh. And I’m totally serious.

There’s no point in me trying to recapture the cuteness in my own words – I’d fail miserably. So I’ll quote a few passages.

“The door opened and Owl looked out,

“Hallo, Pooh,” he said. “How’s things?”

“Terrible and Sad,” said Pooh, “because Eeyore, who is a friend of mine, has lost a tail. And he’s Moping about it. So could you very kindly tell me how to find it for him?”

“Well,” said Owl, “the customary procedure in such cases is as follows.”

“What does Crustimony Proseedcake mean?” said Pooh. “For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.”

“It means the Thing to Do.”

“As long as it means that, I don’t mind,” said Pooh humbly.

“The thing to do is as follows. First, Issue a Reward. Then—“

“Just a moment,” said Pooh, holding up his paw. “What do we do to this – what you were saying? You sneezed just as you were going to tell me.”

“I didn’t sneeze.”

“Yes, you did, Owl.”

“Excuse me, Pooh, I didn’t. You can’t sneeze without knowing it.”

“Well, you can’t know it without something having been sneezed.”

“What I said was, ‘First Issue a Reward.’”

“You’re doing it again,” said Pooh sadly. [pgs. 50-51]

I love all of the inner-sentence capitalizations! Another one of the many things that I love about the Winnie-the-Pooh stories is the way Milne depicts his characters. Most children’s authors (especially from the 1800s and turn of the century) depicted their characters through a film of rosy innocence – all (save the villain) were pure of thought and never had an insincere or cowardly moment. Milne’s characters are all charming and innocent – but they often try to make themselves look more impressive than they actually are, which I love because it’s so REAL.

Suddenly Winnie-the-Pooh stopped and pointed excitedly in front of him. “Look!

What?said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn’t been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice in an exercising sort of way. [pg. 39]

I see what you did there, Piglet, and I love you all the more for it. : )

Also, in The House at Pooh Corner the stories are told more to the reader. I enjoyed how the stories in this book were bookended with Milne telling the stories to his own son, that brave lad Christopher Robin.

Conclusion. It’s no wonder the Winnie-the-Pooh stories are the classics that they are. Every kid deserves to read them.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

2 Responses to Winnie-the-Pooh

  1. We are absolute Pooh lovers in this house! I mean, how can anyone reject the “Bear of very little Brain?” And Ernest Shepard’s illustrations are perfect for conveying the blundering, adorable aspect of the book! I think I ought to start reading a few more ” Pooh” stories myself…

    • It would be impossible not to love Winnie the Pooh! And you should definitely read all of the Pooh stories – each one is fun and special in its own way. :)

      – The Bookster


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