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The Te of Piglet [Hardcover]

Benjamin Hoff , E. H. Shepard
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Oct 1992
Originally published in 1992 this sequel to the "Tao of Pooh" explores the Te, a Chinese word meaning Virtue, of the Small, a principle embodied perfectly in Piglet. The book features dialogues between the author and familiar Milne characters, which are interspersed with traditional Taoist stories.
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; 1st ed edition (Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413675106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413675101
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,280,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The virtue of the small 22 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
If Pooh is the embodiment of the Tao, the Piglet is the embodiment of the Te, the Chinese word and principle for Virtue. Benjamin Hoff, in his first book `The Tao of Pooh' talks about the religio-philosophical tradition of Taoism, and in this follow-up book, he explores in more detail with Piglet, who felt neglected in the first volume, but felt it only natural considering he's a Very Small Animal (and life is not always easy for a Very Small Animal), the concept of virtue, or the Te.
The Te is not so easily contained in the word virtue, however. `It is instead a quality of special character, spiritual strength, or hidden potential unique to the individual--something that comes from the Inner Nature of things. And something, we might add, that the individual who possess it may be quite unaware of--as is the case with Piglet through most of the Pooh stories.'
Of course, virtue un-enacted is a Very Small Virtue, indeed, so it become the responsibility of those with a Te to bring it forward in transformation. A Very Small Virtue, like a Very Small Animal, can be a good thing if the dreaded Heffalump comes by -- it might not get squashed; it might be ignored. But this is not the way of the Te.
The Te such as Piglet's can overcome distraction such as the Tigger Tendency -- the tendency to bounce off in different directions simply because they feel good. It can also help overcome the increasing drive toward acquisition (a Very Small Animal doesn't need Very Many Things; a society with cares for Virtue must not have an overpowering care for Things).
The modern person tends to overlook the small virtues in favour of Progress, in pursuit of reaching a potential, which `is seen as an increase of tools'. Of course, with more tools we can do more stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor follow-up to a great first book 16 July 2008
While I loved the first book, 'The Tao of Pooh', I found this follow-up (or more accurately, companion piece) hugely lacking in comparison.

When Hoff is content to focus on Taoism and its concepts/lessons/writings etc it's fine, and manages to capture the sense of the earlier work - both enjoyable to read and informative. However, this type of material only occupies around half of the book, and when the author then decides to go on a series of fairly unrelated rants, such as against the amount of radiation emitted by televisons and computers, or a truly bizarre diatribe aimed towards 'teachers who aren't very positive' (truly the scourge of western civilisation, and central to any explication of Taoism to boot) one is left the feeling that, when he doesn't stick to what is clearly his field, Naom Chomsky he ain't.

Readers who crave a continuation of the banter between Hoff and the characters of the original Pooh books may well find something of substance here, and given the obvious charms of 'The Tao of Pooh' it's tempting to delve in once more for this one. But for those looking (as I was) for more detail on the matters described in the first book, another purely Taoist-orientated title would probably be a better choice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Pig-let Down 31 July 2009
I came to read the Te of Piglet after coming to the end of the Tao of Pooh feeling hungry for more information about taoist living.

However, in the years between the two books, Mr Hoff seems to have turned into an exceedingly grumpy old man. He launches attack after attack on polluters, educators and so called 'Eeyore Amazons' (that's feminists to you and me). I have to agree with other reviewers that the book would have been better had it concentrated on Taoism rather than making unsubstantiated claims that have quickly become dated. The Tao of Pooh feels like it was written yesterday, but this is full of pre-Clinton vitriol about 80s and 90s America.

I could go into all the inconsistencies in this book, but the bit that annoyed me most was Hoff's criticism of 'lack of femininity' in feminism. I'm a woman, and I want to keep my surname when I marry; what's wrong with that; it's just a personal choice women make to keep part of their identity. He sees feminism as making women more aggressive and assertive, but from this side of the fence I think women are often encouraged to be docile and accepting by society when they would be more vocal if left to their own devices.

Strange dislike of 'Tiggers'(young people)is also involved; they like video games and have shorter attention spans. True it may be, but I think it reflects a generational difference rather than something necessarily 'bad'. He then compounds the problem by saying he'd like us to have a Japanese/Chinese school system but then wants more weight to be placed on creativity than cultivation of hard knowledge, which doesn't stack up because they've placed huge amounts of energy into grade-getting, maths and science.

I DO like the occasionally witty repartee between Hoff and the Hundred-acre Wood characters, but there is not sufficient attention given to Piglet for the title to be justifiable. I suspect Eeyores out there would love this book, but I really didn't.
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The Te of Piglet did not add much to my understanding of Taoism. Most of it had already been covered in The Tao of Pooh. Where Pooh was clear and simple, Piglet felt muddled and disorientating.
The author spent much of the book explaining his current misgivings about the world today. Whilst the quaint tales of Pooh and his friends provided a counter balance, it was not enough, and I found myself switching off on numerous occassions.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think it was that bad. However, unlike Pooh, I would'nt be tempted to read this book again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I ordered a hardcover but received a paperback book
Nothing wrong with the contents of the book ( it remains a delightful book) but I wanted a forever book therefor ordered a hardcover and was surprised and disappointed to receive a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joan de Wet.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Tao of Pooh was much better
The original book was a nice blend of Taoism, story-telling and charm. It's positive. In this book, however, Hoff seems to blend Taoism with doom-and-gloom spleen about how bad... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Philip Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love this story. Helps me put things into perspective and overcome low energies around me. Taoism made real through the words of Pooh Bear.
Published 11 months ago by catherine
3.0 out of 5 stars The Truth about Eeyore, or True Blue Kindness
As impressed as I am with Benjamin Hoff's books, The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet, I believe a third book should be written. Namely and precisly about Eeyore. The REAL Eeyore. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Jenny Lee Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The Tao of Pooh (The wisdom of Pooh)This is a must have for those interested in Taoism presented in a novel but enchanting manner. You don't have to be a Pooh fan to enjoy. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by The Tai Chi Club
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Purchase
The Te of Piglet, by Benjamin Hoff was released in 1992; a whole decade after his previous critically acclaimed work entitled The Tao of Pooh. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2009 by T. Turpin-Jelfs
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book on a simpler life!
The Te of Piglet is wonderful book. A cross between a philosophical, religious and self help book, it's a light hearted approach to the ancient Chinese ways of Te. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2007 by M. merifield
5.0 out of 5 stars The virtue of the small
If Pooh is the embodiment of the Tao, the Piglet is the embodiment of the Te, the Chinese word and principle for Virtue. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2005 by Kurt Messick
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great
I really loved this book. It backed up all the information in the tao of pooh and developed it.
Published on 23 Oct 2001
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