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The Tao of Pooh [Paperback]

Benjamin Hoff
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31 Dec 1983

Winnie-the-Pooh is ‘The Bear for all Ages’, and now he’s more fun than ever before. Join in The Tao of Pooh! Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear, and Pooh's Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; New e. edition (31 Dec 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140067477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140067477
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A.A. Milne A.A. Milne is quite simply one of the most famous children’s authors of all time. He created Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo based on the real nursery toys played with by his son, Christopher Robin. And those characters not only became the stars of his classic children’s books, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, and his poetry for children, they have also been adapted for film, TV and the stage. Through his writings for Punch magazine, A.A. Milne met E.H. Shepard. Shepard went on to draw the original illustrations to accompany Milne’s classics, earning him the name “the man who drew Pooh”.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the way things are - no dramas or crisis 16 Aug 2001
For spiritual or non spiritual types, this is a beautifully written book explaining the simplistic forms of life that we choose to create and then confuse and/or burden ourselves with.
We all bring baggage with us based on good and bad experiences yet are not always aware of why or how.
Based on the animation kids characters - Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and all their friends - the author uses these strong personalities of each to break down our daily pre-conceived ideas of how we view life, tend to over-exaggerate life challenges and create problems based on these past experiences.
The characters are used as examples to help us determine which (if not a bit of all) personality type we primarily fall under and understand what, why and how we think like we do.
I recommend anyone to read the book, wait a year and then re-read again. The second time around, the reader will start to acknowledge or confirm their own progressions based on understanding this book and possibly using examples to better their lives.
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The principles within this book make you really think about the way you deal with life and life's events. Pooh Bear illustrates the Taoism attitude towards life perfectly and since reading this book I have become a far more relaxed and happy person. Having now read it a number of times I can say that everytime I read it I feel an overwhelming sense of contentedness and a feeling that whatever happens everything will "come out in the wash!".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful! 15 Jan 2012
By K. P. Borley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Would you like to have an understanding of the basics of Taoism? In the past have you browsed through the books on Taoism in Waterstones, read a few lines which made no sense at all and promplty returned the book on the shelf? Did you go as far as to actually purchase Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching only to have it sitting on your shelf as an ornament, occasionally picked up, a few lines read and then promptly put back in-situ (maybe I'll read it another time)? But there is something inside you of course that wants to know more about Taoism, you have a deep rooted feeling that it will be good for you, almost as if your higher self is pushing you towards it. Well all is fine, you have been going with the flow recently, taking life as it comes and finding things a lot easier, and you have ended up here reading these reviews. This is a delightful book. This is where you will get your first understanding of the principles of Taoism, of going with the flow, of the uncarved block, etc. The principles of Taoism here are put simply (which is always better). Gone are the abstract quotes (now what do they mean by this?). It's a delightful read, with the help of our friends from the 100 Acre Wood (even Eeyore has something important to teach us), wonderfully written by the sincere and genuine Benjamin Hoff. This isn't a guy who is in this for the money, he loves his Taoism, he loves his Pooh, and wants more people to benefit from the ancient chinese teachings. You so often read claims of books that will 'change your life' but they never really do. Well this one might, probably in a gentle subtle way to begin with (which is always better). You must be on your spiritual path to be considering buying this book. Should you buy it? Well, what does your intuition say?
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No poo-poohing... 22 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
`The Tao of Pooh', a fascinating synthesis of Eastern philosophy and Western children's literature, is done largely in conversational style between Benjamin Hoff, erstwhile writer, photographer and musician with a penchant for forests and bears. Thus, Pooh makes a natural philosophical companion. But, more than a companion, Pooh is, for Hoff, the very embodiment of the Tao.
`It's about how to stay happy and calm under all circumstances!' I yelled.
'Have you read it?' asked Pooh.
This is two-way book: to explain Taoism through Winnie-the-Pooh, and to explain Winnie-the-Pooh (not always an easy task itself) through Taoism. Taoism, more academically, is a religion indigenous to China, built upon teachings primarily of Lao-tzu, with significant influence from Buddha and K'ung Fu-tse. It is in the teachings of harmony and emptiness and being of Lao-tzu, however, that Taoism draws its meaning, believing that earth is a reflection of heaven, and that the world `is not a setter of traps but a teacher of valuable lessons.'
As with many religions, this one took various guises: philosophic, monastic, structural, folk. But through them all, the imperceptible Tao, the essence of being, essentially undescribable, shapes the universe continually out of chaos, with a yin and yang alteration of perpetual transformation, in which nothing remains eternal save the Tao.
This makes Pooh a perfect example and exemplar. `For the written character P'u, the typical Chinese dictionary will give a definition of 'natural, simple, plain, honest.' P'u is composed of two separate characters combined: the first, the 'radical' or root-meaning one, is that for tree or wood; the second, the 'phonetic' or sound-giving one, is the character for dense growth or thicket.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 Novel 1 Nov 2013
By ed404
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ok if you haven't read this book you really have to, it wasn't a best seller for nothing. It gets deep without being silly, great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too convinced by this one...
I am in the middle of reading this book and I really don't know what to think. What the author explains about Taoism is good, but I really don't enjoy when the characters of Pooh... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss P
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books
I was given this book as a gift and then I bought it for a friend as a gift. This book is calming, insightful and at times funny, it was really nice to read such a positive outlook... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hali
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely easy read
This is a great little book and makes the meaning of Taoism very easy to understand in a nice simple way through a lovely simple bear! So easy and quick to keep re-reading
Published 4 months ago by Mo Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars see Crews 'Postmodern Pooh' Feedback
See Crews 'Postmodern Pooh' Feedback for the full exposition, explanation and evaluation I wish to provide for this book purchase
Published 4 months ago by peter urquhart
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites
I came across this wonderful book many years ago because I am interested in the Tao and I have always loved Winnie the Pooh. Read more
Published 4 months ago by broad spectrum music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Insight into Taoism
It would be easy to dismiss this book by its cover as a ‘child’s read’ and leave it on the shelf. That would be a shame, for this charming book portrays the principles of Taoism... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Renée Paule
4.0 out of 5 stars No Average Bear...
This simple & charming book, first published in 1982, ingeniously weaves the principles of Taoism (the way of the universe in ancient Chinese philosophy) with the more humdrum &... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve Cann
5.0 out of 5 stars No matter what you say, Pooh Bear is a Genius.
The idea is genius, the writing style is genius, and that lovable yellow bear... is a genius too ;)

We HUGELY overcomplicate things in life, looking down on 'the simple'... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
how to live your life according to winnie the pooh how could you not totally love this book. its cute and quirky but also very serious.
Published 19 months ago by rosanne sunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
A very good intro to a positive spiritual outlook on life and a very easy understandable read very inspiring and well worth the money
Published 20 months ago by Kirsty Ashall
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