I was undecided about whether to include Pooh in the reading challenge. It was such a favourite as a child. Then I remembered the joy I found in the Hundred Acre Wood when my own children were small.
In the library I found the 80th Anniversary Edition. It is a beautiful edition with Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations taking you away from the Disney hype and reminding you of long ago memories of Pooh and his friends.
From the dedication ‘TO HER’ to Pooh going bump, bump, bump up the stairs behind Christopher Robin in ‘We Say Goodnight’ I lost the adult world that is mine and my body smiled during the journey through A. A. Milne’s.
Where else could you find a bear with no brain who will roll in mud to look like a black cloud and sail in to the air under a blue balloon hoping to reach that oh so tempting hunny?
Each story is a delight and there is no place for hanging on to being a grownup.
It seems impossible to pick a favourite story.
Eeyore losing his tail, Pooh visiting Rabbit, Kanga and Baby Roo, Piglet meeting a Heffalump and all the rest are adventures that take you along so that you actually say “Oh” and “Ah”. You feel your eyes getting brighter and your cheeks puffing out as your mouth turns upward.
Yet there is one – for me.
Chapter Six – in which Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents
Pooh eats all the hunny in the jar on his way to Eeyore’s and Piglet falls and breaks the balloon he’s carrying.
But the gifts are perfect. Piglet’s scrap of red balloon fits in Pooh’s Useful Pot.
There is a lesson in there !!!
Eeyore it seems also got more than that. For Christopher Robin is reminded of — a little — a little…
Well I think I leave that for you to discover !!
There are some books that have no category, no target audience.
There are some books that transcend all divisions.
And I am already looking forward to the day I can introduce my grandchildren to the one I think does it better than most ~~~ Winnie – the – Pooh ~~~
Isn’t it funny
How a bear likes Honey?
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
I wonder why he does?
(From Chapter One ~ Winnie – the – Pooh)
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- in which Anne talks about A.A. Milne (wordwenches.typepad.com)