Author: A.A. Milne (Illus. Ernest T. Shepard)
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Literature
Publication Date: 1926
When I recently comprised on my morals by buying an ebook, I also received a free e-copy of A.A. Milne’s classic, Winnie-the-Pooh. Although I remember watching (and re-watching) “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” as a child, I’d never read any of the actual stories.
Great characters and illustrations
I’m so glad that I read this book. The original movie was based on several of the stories, and I got flashbacks from the film—and from childhood—as I read through it.
I love Milne’s characters because they’re sweet and fun and funny. They go on adventures, make new friends, and love each other unconditionally—they never tear each other down or bully each other. Even Kanga, who they at first don’t trust and try to trick, becomes a beloved companion.
Pooh’s antics (and stomach) are always getting him into scrapes, and it often takes a fair amount of help from Christopher Robin before the problem is solved. I giggled all throughout the book; not only at Pooh, but at Piglet and Eeyore as well.
Of course what often makes a great children’s book is the illustrations. Shepard’s color sketches were perfect, and I enjoyed his creations as much as Milne’s.
Coming summer 2011!
Now that I’ve read the original tales, I can be even more excited for the new film that’s coming out this summer:
Eeyore is my favorite character, and I’m glad to see that one of his stories is the focus for this film.
Perfect for all ages
Although I can understand why these stories would be great for young children, I almost think that they’re better for adults, simply because a lot of the humor is wordplay that younger children wouldn’t understand.
Books like this are perfect for reading aloud, as both parent and child (no matter the age, really) will find something to enjoy. The only downside is that Tigger doesn’t make an appearance until the next set of stories. A perfect excuse for getting a copy of the next book!
Who’s your favorite Winnie-the-Pooh character? What’s a book that brings you back to your childhood?