Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called” – Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
Initial thoughts: I grew up watching Winnie-the-Pooh as a kid. I used to watch Winnie-the-Pooh and Christmas Too over and over again. To this day, I can still quote most of the dialogue.
The adventures of a brainless loveable bear and his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood.
About the Book
Author: A. A. Milne
Illustrator: Ernest H. Shephard
Series: Winnie-the-Pooh (book#1: Winnie-the-Pooh, book #2: The House at Pooh Corner, book #3: When We Were Very Young, book #4: Now We Are Six)
Year Published: 1926
Genres & Subjects: Fiction, Children’s fiction, Classic
After reading the dark and deeply sorrowful book A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness, I searched and searched on my local library’s electronic library for a book that wouldn’t make me cry. I decided to chose Winnie-the-Pooh by: A. A. Milne. Prior to becoming one of Disney’s most beloved cartoon characters, Winnie-the-Pooh was once the name of a real teddy bear of a real boy named Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A. A. Milne. The adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends were inspired by the stuffed animals of Christopher Robin, and of Christopher Robin himself. For this reason, when I began reading the story, I couldn’t help but think of my own childhood stuffed animals with nostalgia.
I am sure that many children have read Winnie-the-Pooh during their childhood. For some reason, most of the childhood classics that I have read, I read them later in life as a young adult. Before May of 2017, I had never read Winnie-the-Pooh, and I didn’t know what to expect from Milne’s version as opposed to the Disney version. The greatest difference that I found between the book and Disney’s version was the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie-the-Pooh in the book appears to be much more scatterbrained and thoughtless. His clumsy antics give this book a soft delightful humour. In the Disney version, Pooh is not as simpleminded, though he is just as loveable. Piglet is sort of jealous of the attention that Pooh is given which changes his character slightly. Though he is still the loveably timid piglet we all know and love. I was a tad disappointed that Tigger is not featured in this book, however, I read that Tigger is introduced in the second book, The House at Pooh Corner.
Each chapter of the book is a different adventure featuring Pooh and friends. Most of the chapters do not follow each other. The book is more like a collection of stories rather than a novel. For this reason, I found that this is the perfect book to read to a child at bedtime. The chapters are short, funny, and sweet, a perfect send off to dreamland. Or, if you are like me, a young adult, you can cheerfully reminisce on your childhood adventures. The only thing that I did not like about the book was the fact that the prose is a little too stiff for a children’s book. The style of writing clashes slightly with the subject matter. Though, at the same time, the way the novel was written is reflective of English culture in the 1920s and probably couldn’t be written any other way.
All in all, this is a short and cute read. I would recommend this book to fans of Winnie-the-Pooh, to children and their parents, and to anyone who has never read it before (young or old).
Final rating: A –
Until Next Time,