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The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet [Hardcover]

Benjamin Hoff , E. H. Shepard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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17 Oct 1994 Wisdom of Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh is ‘The Bear for all Ages’, and now he’s more fun than ever before. Join in The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet! Pooh's Way of doing things seems strangely close to the ancient principle of Taoist philosophy, while Piglet exhibits the very important principle in Taoism of the Te, meaning Virtue of the Small. The author's explanations of Taoism and Te through Pooh and Piglet show that this is not an ancient and remote philosophy but something that you can use, here and now.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd (17 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413691608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413691606
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,124 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”.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone that thinks they think! 25 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
Taoism (pronounced Daoism) is an easy concept to grasp, but like all ways of thought can be a bit dry to swallow. The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet provides a much more palatable form to digest this ancient Chinese philosophy. It is even possible to see how the application of the ideas exhibited in The Tao of Pooh over the next ten years was able to influence the writing of the Te of Piglet, which is an even easier read, but provides even more depth. An outstanding two books in one cover.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the tao of pooh and te of piglet 18 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is great, if you love fables, parables, good humour, little known truths about the state of our planet and us then you will love this. It is so unique and funny, a little sad in places, amazing teachings, a real philosophers gem. There is something in this book for everyone as most of my family and friends of various age, gender and walk of life have a copy. Highly recommended for the enlightened, unenlightened and soon to be enlightened. What more can I say.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity itself 2 Sep 2002
Format:Hardcover
Taoism is an incredibly complicated philosophy to get to grips with. There are so many in depth points to take in and mull over that many people fall by the wayside without ever really getting into it.
Twaddle.
The Tao follows a natural, calm, and simple path. So why are there so many books on the subject which seem to try and impress you with how clever the author is?
Benjamin Hoff has taken a very refreshing view on the subject, and setting his ego to one side has created two books which no home should be without. The basic tenets of Taoism follow a simple, effortless existence. The very state of mind which children have, and adults could do with visiting a little more often. Through the characters of Pooh and his friends Mr Hoff guides us through Taoism in a friendly, comforting way. With the contradictory Dry/Sweet humor inherent in Pooh you will find yourself happily strolling through the Hundred Acre Wood, and out the other side. Having collected a lot of the foundations of Taoism, without even having to think about it. Let Mr Hoff take you back to when you were being read stories of Pooh, and return a wiser person.
The second book takes you further into the Tao, concentrating more on Piglet, The Small. Find yourself taking part in all the stories within and realise that no matter what obstacles are ahead, nothing is out of reach, even for little Piglet.
I first read this book in a hotel room where it sat next to the Gideons Bible(No offence Gideon, but I've read it). Since that time I have found myself buying a new copy each year as a friend picks it up, starts reading, and somehow manages to leave with it.
Two beautiful books which you will want to read time and time again. As indeed will your friends.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun yet informative. 8 Aug 2003
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Format:Paperback
When I came across this book in the philosophy section of a bookstore I was both amazed and confused. I wanted to know more about so I picked it up and read the synopsis. I was so intrigued by it that I decided to buy the book. Reading the book for the first time I felt like a child again, the way the writer structured the book as a story made it so much easier to understand the complexity of Taoism. Well worth the read if you want to be enlightened and amused at the same time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wisdom of the simple minded 12 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
The Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet is an inspiring read, taking complex and often distant Taoist philosophy and bringing it into simple terms for the reader.

The book is throughout accompanied by a "feel good" comic aspect, with the author often adressing Pooh bear directly when explaining complex philosophical ideals such as "P'u"- the uncarved block.

This style of writing leaves it an attractive read to even those who prehaps rarley pick up a book, simply because of its playful nature, by bringing philosophy such as this in such simple terms to the western world Hoff has done what was thought impossible, combining the eastern, and western teaching in a, if not slightly odd, harmony.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 15 Jan 2012
By K. P. Borley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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. You will notice that everyone has given 5 stars, of course they have, 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Apparently not proper Daoism
I first read tao of pooh years ago, and it had a great effect on me, the message as i remember it and the ensuing experience was quite a vivid sense of trust in things and how they... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathleen-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Fantastic way to explain Taoism in a way we can all understand. This was such a joy to read, unusually, I'm going to do it again.
Published 3 months ago by Angela C
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
Pleasant reading, Nice companion book, don't expend more than a enlightening content regarding Tao but that is important. Long live Pooh
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for a difficult topic (?)
If like me you're interested in improving yourself and keen to learn about different/better approaches to life than the typical stressed approach to Western lifestyles then you've... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read to bring a smile
Wonderful to read and use as a reference when you feel the need to brighten up your day
Love Pooh
Published 6 months ago by Jane Niemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard but fascinating read
I love all things Pooh but this is a different take on life; giving everything a reason to be calm
Published 8 months ago by MISS D GALEOZZIE
5.0 out of 5 stars love the book
This is a nice way to introduce Taoist philosophy to anyone asking .. what is it?
No knowledge of the Pooh books are necessary, just nice. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kevin Stanworth
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow
A friend recommended the book and while easy to read I was put off by the relentess left-wing lecturing which seemed shallow and dishonest and contrary to much of Tao`s message. Read more
Published 9 months ago by idleshark
5.0 out of 5 stars Pooh and Piglet - lessons from their lives.
As a Pooh fan, I was intrigued at the possibility that there might be wisdom in the old cloth-eared bear. And indeed there is! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Squire
4.0 out of 5 stars Judgement Te
I am relatively new to this Taoist thing but I have several versions of the Tao Te Ching all of which give me a deep inner calmness and focus on life (I could get all intellectual... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bob Trubshaw
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