These paw-sized books for adults offer helpful, heartwarming advice from Winnie-the-Pooh to help you remain positive when faced with the most bothersome of problems. "A Book for Students of All Ages": Whether you're as well-educated as Owl or, like Piglet, still have much to learn, this paw-sized book, full of wise words from Pooh and friends, is required reading for students young and old. "A Coffee Companion": For a buzz at breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up, this paw-sized book packed with cheering words from Pooh is just the thing to savour during those cappuccino moments.
A.A. Milne grew up in a school - his parents ran Henley House in Kilburn, for young boys - but never intended to be a children's writer. Pooh he saw as a pleasant sideline to his main career as a playwright and regular scribe for the satirical literary magazine, Punch.
Writing was very much the dominant feature of A.A. (Alan Alexander)'s life. He joined the staff of Punch in 1906, and became Assistant Editor. In the course of two decades he fought in the First World War, wrote some 18 plays and three novels, and fathered a son, Christopher Robin Milne, in 1920 (although he described the baby as being more his wife's work than his own!).
Observations of little Christopher led Milne to produce a book of children's poetry, When We Were Very Young, in 1924, and in 1926 the seminal Winnie-the-Pooh. More poems followed in Now We Are Six (1927) and Pooh returned in The House at Pooh Corner (1928). After that, in spite of enthusiastic demand, Milne declined to write any more children's stories as he felt that, with his son growing up, they would now only be copies based on a memory.