The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh Hardcover – Oct 1 1996
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When Christopher Robin asks Pooh what he likes doing best in the world, Pooh says, after much thought, "What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."
Happy readers for over 70 years couldn't agree more. Pooh's status as a "Bear of Very Little Brain" belies his profoundly eternal wisdom in the ways of the world. To many, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and the others are as familiar and important as their own family members. A.A. Milne's classics, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, are brought together in this beautiful edition, complete and unabridged, with recolored illustrations by Milne's creative counterpart, Ernest H. Shepard. Join Pooh and the gang as they meet a Heffalump, help get Pooh unstuck from Rabbit's doorway, (re)build a house for Eeyore, and try to unbounce Tigger. A childhood is simply not complete without full participation in all of Pooh's adventures. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter
About the Author
A. A. Milne was born in 1882 in London. He was a playwright and journalist as well as a poet and storyteller. His classic children's books were inspired by his son, Christopher Robin. Milne died in 1956.
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We keep this book out of his reach in a very special area, and plan to give it to him when he has his own child as a family heirloom. The book itself is beautiful, wonderfully crafted and illustrated, clearly worth saving for future generations. If you like Pooh and company at all, get it, you won't be dissapointed!
Don't be deceived into thinking that Pooh is just for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The humor is very intelligent, and the characters are just plain wonderful. It is written in a very British style, which I think makes it a great introduction to English literature for children.
This is a true masterpiece, and would make a good gift for anyone who truly loves good literature, no matter what their age.
I humbly suggest that one should buy the individual books if you are intending them for a child's own library: The shorter books are long enough, and they will give the child a feeling of accomplishment when they finish each book, and will also give the impression that there are more stories alltogether.
Dutton Children's Books has also published ten individual books by breaking the Winnie-the-Pooh books into stories (e.g. "Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water" and "Pooh Goes Visiting"), unabridged and with Shephard's original illustrations, published by Dutton. Perfect for your youngest readers.
That said, if you are looking for something for your own library of for an adult reader, by all means, buy this book!
I was surprised myself when reading the Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by how cute and quaint it was, how pleasing it could be for adults as well as for children to read, and how different from the Disney versions it was, even when the same episode was told.
It is a beautiful edition, with Sheppard's illustrations in full colour and a nice cover.
Unlike the modern Disney tales, the original Pooh stories aren't vehicles for teaching lessons or imparting values. Instead, the original stories about the adventures of the Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are simply delightful tales about well-meaning, though slightly addle-brained characters. Half the fun of the original Pooh stories is knowing more than the characters, and laughing at the silly situations they create for themselves. The other half of the fun is listening to the wonderful wordplay A.A. Milne uses to tell the tales.
The first chapter, in which Pooh tries to use a balloon to float up to a honey comb and help himself to some honey, introduces Pooh's unique thought processes. He explains his plan to Christopher Robin,
"When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you're coming. Now, if you have a green balloon, they might think you were only part of the tree, and not notice you, and if you have a blue balloon, they might think you were only a part of the sky, and not notice you, and the question is: Which is most likely?"
When Christopher Robin asks if the bees might be suspicious of the bear floating beneath the balloon, Pooh says, "They might or they might not. . . You can never tell with bees. . .I shall try to look like a small black cloud. That will deceive them." This is classic Pooh!
One note for Tigger fans: Tigger doesn't bounce into the Hundred Acre Wood until the second book, The House at Pooh Corner.
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Love these stories. I read them to my kids every night. Great, nice looking book. I display it because it's so cute!Published 8 months ago by Jennifer
Had originally bought this for my son, however he is only 3 and this wasn't as short story as I thought It would be. But!! I love books as well and it's a wonderful read! Read morePublished 12 months ago by ngaler
Given as a gift to my grandson for his first birthday, it will most likely become an heirloom.Published 15 months ago by J Allard
Great quality. The colouring of the original pictures has been done tastefully.Published 19 months ago by David
These wonderful children's stories were a great favourite of mine as a child. They've been passed down through my children, grandchildren and now to my great grandchildren. Read morePublished on May 19 2013 by Nancy Tordoff-Ives
I love this and my toddler does also. My son loved Winnie the Pooh when he was little, so I had several books, but someone gave me this for my little girl, and she just loves it... Read morePublished on June 26 2003 by Beth Nelson
A. A. Milne would be proud of the interpretation of his story and characters that will always live in the forest of imagination. Ernest H. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2002 by Victoria Tarrani