by A. A. Milne

Paperback, 1992



Local notes

PB Mil


Puffin Books (1992), 161 pages. $4.99.


The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.


Original language


Original publication date

1984 (Alan Bennett reading)

Physical description

161 p.; 5.25 inches


0525444432 / 9780525444435



User reviews

LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
The iddly-riddly-oodly-rum-tum-tum stuff and Milne's constant baby-talky switching of pronouns and names ("he" for "Bear" for "Pooh" for "Christopher Robin" for "you") are a bit much to wade through, often, and speak to what a very, very babied boy the original Christopher Robin must have been (and I'm all for trying to raise gentle sons but here it's still trailing strands of empire and you can't help but wonder which beach 2LT Christopher Robin stormed at Normandy). So that's thick and sometimes disturbing treacle to wade through. But underneath that, each of these stories is a slow-paced, sentimental delight, ideal for sending toddlers to happy sleep and giving them treacle to chew over in their dreams, like where are those heffalumps anyway.… (more)
LibraryThing member varwenea
This deluxe hardcover, Winnie the Pooh, is possibly the most adorable book I own. The illustrations tickle my heart joyfully. This first collection of stories was originally published in 1926; Winnie-the-Pooh (aka Edward the Bear), Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga/Roo, and Tigger, are based on the toys of Christopher Robin Milne, son of the author, Alan Alexander Milne. These toys are on display at the basement (children’s section) of the New York Library Main Branch.

The stories themselves are more challenging, childish to be exact. Duh, what do you expect – it is a children’s book! Well, be that as it may, there is infinite baby talk and numerous on-purpose incorrect spellings. In fact, this was another book that I couldn’t read/understand when I was first learning English upon arriving in the U.S. The dictionary doesn’t tell me what is hunny and certainly not what is a Heffalump. There are also many capitalized words that are not proper nouns that threw me of on its significance – “…he had a Clever Idea.” This book needs adult guidance to read to a young toddler or to be enjoyed as an adult remembering the simpler times of wandering the woods, freeing the imagination, and appreciating the “Bear of Very Little Brains”.

Be that as it may, as an adult with full command of the English language (I like to think so), I find joy in words of “And the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey” and “And the only reason for making honey is so as I can eat it.” The Disney versions of these are slightly differently; regardless, I enjoy my talking Pooh bear giggling these words to me.

3.0 stars for the stories + 1.0 stars for the illustrations and bonus colorization (watercolor) from 1992
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LibraryThing member ChelseaHopton
This book is great to read to children of many ages. Especially for children learning about friendship. This book is about Winnie the Pooh who lived alone in the forest. His friend Christopher Robin lived in a different part of the woods. Winnie the pooh had friends who lived in the woods also named Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, And Kanga who was baby Roos mother. Read to see what wonderful times they have together!… (more)
LibraryThing member Stbalbach
Winnie-the-Pooh is a deceptively simple story where the central theme of exploration is tied to imagination and literature. We get our first clue with the name "Christopher Robin", a combination of "Christopher Columbus" and "Robinson Crusoe". When Pooh finds tracks and follows them he replays the famous scene on the beach when Crusoe finds a footprint in the sand; Pooh's ability to make a boat out of a found item (an umbrella) mirrors Crusoe. Pooh's exploration of the world is tied to the exploration of words which are constantly in flux with strange misspellings and double meanings. In the end Pooh's great present is the pencil, in which to write down his own words, to go on his own adventures of the imagination. Winnie-the-Pooh encourages a life of reading and imagination, joining our child-like natural inquisitiveness and exploration of the world with the limitless possibilities of the written word.… (more)
LibraryThing member crunky
I read this book to my sons, age 8 and 5, and they both enjoyed it. I was looking for a book that I could read to both of them at the same time at the expense of neither's interest, and Milne's tales fit perfectly. They had not seen the animated versions until partly through the book, demonstrating that the interest they showed was genuinely connected to the text. The chapter sizes make excellent bedtime reading, and there is ample opportunity to read each character's lines with unique voices. The humor of the stories is original yet still apparent to children. For those familiar with the animated versions, such as myself, Pooh and Eeyore are perhaps even more humorous on paper. ("I have my friends. Somebody spoke to me only yesterday." -Eeyore) The version we read had an illustrated map by Ernest H. Shepard on the inside covers, and my children insisted on looking at it after each reading to identify where the events had taken place. The book had the added bonus of introducing a slight metafictional element to the youngsters. All in all a great read for everyone.… (more)
LibraryThing member kscarlett01
This is a classic novel about Winnie the Pooh and his friends that live in the woods with him. This book is a great for children of all ages. The book can be used to focus on the importance of friendship.
LibraryThing member anacryan
A wonderful classic, especially for read-aloud. I love Pooh's determination and loyalty. He never gives up no matter what goes wrong. The characters are sweet and lovable and the writing is funny and entertaining for all ages.
LibraryThing member MrsLee
I love these stories. They are very simple and loving tales of a little boy and his imagination. His "stuffed" friends live in a world which he can visit and have wonderful adventures with them, being their fearless and intelligent leader. The great thing is, is that they continue on in that world, even when the boy must needs be elsewhere.… (more)
LibraryThing member SaraEllen
Any adult can appreciate the lovely stories in this book.
LibraryThing member jaypee
Yes it's a kid's book, but I didn't find it boring at all. I found myself laughing at some of the stories. Eeyore's gloomy personality was very funny. Now I know why a lot of people love Winnie the Pooh!
LibraryThing member farfromkansas
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (with illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard) tells of the many adventures of a stuffed bear, Winnie the Pooh, and his companions in the Hundred Acre Wood. The framework for the novel is that the stories included are being told by the narrator to his son, Christopher Robin, and these stories all revolve around the various adventures of Christopher Robin’s stuffed animals. Over the course of the book, Pooh and his plush friends participate in ten different adventures, ranging from the opening story of Pooh trying to steal honey from a swarm of bees to Christopher Robin leading his companions on an “expotition” to the North Pole. The book ends with Christopher Robin throwing a party for Pooh to celebrate his heroic efforts to save Piglet from his flooded home.

One of the first surprises in store for new readers is the fact that “Winnie the Pooh” is not actually the name of Christopher Robin’s famous little plush toy: his real, original name is “Edward Bear” (though he is whimsically christened “Winnie-ther-Pooh” in the first chapter of the book). Notably absent from the book is the character of Tigger, whose bouncy, frenetic character seems to be ubiquitously present in all other presentations of Pooh. As an adult reading these stories for the first time, it is interesting to note all the distinct character archetypes that Milne has created: good-natured Pooh, nervous Piglet, self-pitying Eeyore, short-tempered Rabbit, almost-wise Owl, maternal Kanga, and infantile Roo. All readers will gravitate towards a specific character and recognize character traits of others within Milne’s cast.

Milne’s book is a treasure, and maintains a uniquely whimsical tone that is lost in Disney’s adaptations of the Winnie the Pooh stories. Readers will recognize subtle nudges and winks from the author directed towards more mature (adult) readers, even though the text was obviously created with young children in mind. It is easy to see why so many return “back to the days of Christopher Robin and Pooh” through the pages of A.A. Milne’s lovely, touching collection of stories.
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LibraryThing member fastawker
This is one of those books that I thought I had read but really hadn't. I knew all the stories from when I was a child but loved reading them now as an adult. I found myself laughing out loud at these wonderful stories.
LibraryThing member immaculatechaos
Such a precious book!
LibraryThing member nmhale
I always wanted to be one of those moms that read great books to their kids when they are little, books that are the children's classics, and when they are adults they can look back and remember fondly how their mama used to read these to them. Now I know this is an idealized vision, but there's no harm in starting to read these books to them now, is there? I decided to start with Winnie the Pooh, which I've never read before; I always wished this was one of my childhood memories, and now I am making this one of her memories.

I can see why this story is beloved by so many. The narrator is a father, and he is telling stories to his son, Christopher Robin. All the stories feature some of Christopher's stuffed animals, who come to live in the Hundred Acre Woods and take on lives of their own. The story within a story framework works well, because we get the intermittent comments from Christopher Robin and his father's answers, which makes it feel authentically like a parent telling a child a story and captures that innocence and imagination of childhood. Milne does an excellent job in portraying a child's voice. Christopher Robin is inquisitive, he is curious but wants to act like he knows it all, he wants his friends to be happy, he wants to go on daring adventures.

These adventures are the stories that comprise each chapter. They are whimsical, and exciting without being too dangerous. Like the time Pooh does his best to get at the honey in a tree, even dressing up like a little rain cloud. Or when the whole forest floods over in a massive rain (and how many children really do think that their world is going to flood when it rains hard?) and Pooh has to save Piglet. The stories are charming, Christopher Robin is a quintessential child, his father is adoring and has a good sense of humor, and there is a healthy dose of nonsense rhymes mixed in, to boot. A great book, and I plan to read the rest of the series to my own little girl.
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LibraryThing member Sean191
I might be jumping ahead, reading to my son before he's even born and able to express his preferences, but maybe that's all the more reason to be reading this classics now...

A.A. Milne's book is really enjoyable. It's smart enough to have some laughs for adults without any raunchiness - just wit. It's also action-packed in a gentle, non-anxiety-inducing-way for the toddlers that you're trying to usher off into dreamtime.… (more)
LibraryThing member andrewkbrown
I love reading this to my children. The voices of the characters are so distinctive and the language that Milne squeezes into this classic make it a total delight.
LibraryThing member aardvaarkcreative
Simply a clasic; 1957 Methuen reprint of original first published on October 14th 1926
LibraryThing member tapestry100
The charming and timeless story of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, their friends and their adventures. I truly enjoyed this more than I thought I would. After all the years working at TDS where we had the Disney version of Winnie-the-Pooh shoved at us from all directions, I'd taken to having a distinctly soured view of the bear and all his friends.

It occurred to me one day that I had never actually read the original, and thought maybe I should give that a chance, and am glad that I did. It's a simple and direct story, and proved to be a joy to read.
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LibraryThing member lefty33
Delightful stories of the Hundred-Acre Wood and all of its lovable characters. Pooh and friends have quite a few adventures (or misadventures) in this collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The stories remind me of childhood, making them special each time I reread them. I wouldn't even be able to choose my favorite chapter in this book -- each one is full of wonder, laughter, and Pooh.… (more)
LibraryThing member lycomayflower
There's an episode of As Time Goes By in which Lionel comes home from the library with a stack of books which he says he thinks he's read but actually hasn't. Winnie-the-Pooh is one of them, and that episode always makes me think that Winnie-the-Pooh would be on my list of Actually Haven'ts too. So I got myself a copy a few months ago and finally got round to reading it. Someone surely read these stories to me at one time and many of these adventures were included in various television and movie features--I certainly knew all the stories included here. It was fun to read through the book with an adult awareness that puts the silliness in a different perspective--nonsense that makes perfect sense if viewed from the right angle. There's a certain modernist sensibility to the way Milne portrays a child's view of the world which is very intriguing.… (more)
LibraryThing member lilysea
This is the first book I remember having read aloud to me. My father would read me one of the stories while I lay in bed and listened with my stuffed Pooh Bear. I am looking forward to my daughter being able to listen to them (soon!).
LibraryThing member rizeandshine
Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about two weeks ago, Pat read the book Winnie the Pooh. If you happen to have read this book, you may remember Edward Bear, known by his friends as Winnie the Pooh, likes to make up and sing songs and impersonate things like a small black cloud in a blue sky in order to get honey from the bees. Unfortunately for Pooh the bees get suspicious as they are the Wrong Sort of Bees. Silly Old Bear! Pooh has many friends in the Forest. Christopher Robin is Pooh's best friend and uses his umbrella to help Pooh deceive the bees and rescue friends during floods. There is also the Piglet, who lives in a house with a sign out front displaying his grandfather's name: TRESPASSER'S W. He likes to spend time with Pooh hunting Woozles and trapping Heffalumps. You never can tell about Woozles and Heffalumps. Rabbit lives in a hole and often invites Pooh for a little something at eleven O'clock in the morning until Pooh becomes a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness and Rabbit uses his back legs as a towel horse. Pooh also has an Old Grey Donkey friend named Eeyore who celebrates his birthday and loses his tail. A tail isn't a tail to some, it's just a Little Bit Extra at the back. Many happy returns of the day, Eeyore! Owl is the wise one who can write things like 'A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh' on a Useful Pot to Keep Things In. When Kanga and Roo move into the Forest, Rabbit devises a plan to capture Baby Roo and replace him with Piglet. When Kanga discovers the difference they will all say, "Aha!". I suppose it doesn't sound nearly as well when Piglet ends up having to say, "Aha!" all by himself. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Winnie the Pooh is one of my favorite books. I said to myself reading along:'I wonder if Christopher Robin loved this story as much as I do?' I just said it to myself, thinking of books and wondering. And then I realized that of course Christopher Robin loves Winnie the Pooh because he's THAT sort of Bear.… (more)
LibraryThing member Clurb
Re-reading these short stories as an adult I was overwhelmed by the fantastic wit which I'd completely missed as a child. A book-and a philosophy of life- to cherish.
LibraryThing member faith42love
Winnie the Pooh is a classic in the truest sense of the word. I used to collect Winnie the Pooh memorabilia and this book held a lot of nostalgia for me. I laughed out loud and smiled the entire time I read this book and it did for me exactly what it is meant to do, it put me to sleep. I am not even kidding, every time I would pick up this book to read it I feel asleep with in twenty pages. But it was meant as a sort of bedtime story was it not? Even though I feel asleep so often I loved read this book and am very glad I picked it up.… (more)
LibraryThing member isaacfellows
To put it simply, this is (despite its age) one of the freshest works of fiction I've read in a long time. The playful approach to narration and the perfectly integrated illustrations (which are themselves some of the best and freshest examples of their kind I've seen) amaze me; but really it's the snappy language, the perfect turns of phrase that have stayed with me. This is a Sustaining Book, a true masterpiece that's all the more so masterful for seeming so easy, almost accidental.… (more)

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