Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn't. Anyhow, here he is at the bottom, and ready to be introduced to you. Winnie-the-Pooh.

 Premise/plot: Christopher Robin has MANY friends who live in the forest. Among them are Winnie the Pooh (or Winnie-ther-Pooh), Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, and EEYORE. (Who I am sure just now is saying,"You didn't forget about me which is more than I expected.") There are ten chapters in all; each chapter is a new adventure:
  • In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin
  • In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into A Tight Place
  • In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle
  • In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One
  • In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump
  • In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents
  • In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, And Piglet Has a Bath
  • In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole
  • In Which Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water
  • In Which Christopher Robin Gives Pooh a Party and We Say Goodbye
My thoughts: I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love Winnie the Pooh and House at Pooh Corner. I have just about decided that I'm a blend between Pooh and Piglet. I love the characters. I love the hums. I love singing the hums when I'm reading. I love reading aloud my favorite bits to whomever I can find. I love everything about this one. The writing is the best of the best of the best. It just doesn't get better than Pooh.

"I think the bees suspect something!" "What sort of thing?" "I don't know. But something tells me that they're suspicious!" "Perhaps they think that you're after their honey." "It may be that. You never can tell with bees." (19)
"I think," said Christopher Robin, "that we ought to eat all our Provisions now, so that we shan't have so much to carry." "Eat all our what?" said Pooh. "All that we've brought," said Piglet, getting to work. "That's a good idea," said Pooh, and he got to work too. "Have you all got something?" asked Christopher Robin with his mouth full. "All except me," said Eeyore. "As usual." He looked round at them in his melancholy way. "I suppose none of you are sitting on a thistle by any chance?" "I believe I am," said Pooh. "Ow!" He got up, and looked behind him. "Yes, I was. I thought so." "Thank you, Pooh. If you've quite finished with it." He moved across to Pooh's place, and began to eat. "It don't do them any Good, you know, sitting on them," he went on, as he looked up munching. "Takes all the Life out of them. Remember that another time, all of you. A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference." (113)
"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughfully. "It's the same thing," he said. (147-48)
Original audience born circa 1920 to 1924.

© 2019 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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Paula Vince said...

I also love Pooh, and his example in slowing down to smell the roses and appreciate the little things really being the big things. In fact, like you I love the whole cast of characters at the 100 Acre Wood, and what they can show us :D