The Tao of Pooh [Perfect Paperback] by Benjamin Hoff; E.H. Shepard Perfect Paperback – 1989
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About the Author
Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon. As a child, he preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. And from an early age heloved to write. He is also the author of the "New York Times "bestselling The Te of Piglet and The Diary of Opal Whiteley." --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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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.
`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.Read more ›
The life wisdom within this book is applicable to anyone and I even think this would be a great book to put on the secondary school curriculum as it has so much of import contained in the observations of such a unassuming little bear.
It's one book that definitely makes me think 'I wish I'd written this.' Hoff has given the world a classic. Unfortunately, I did not feel the same way about the Te of Piglet. Still, Hoff has produced a fantastic, illuminating and life affirming book in The Tao of Pooh, one that makes that bear even more adored than he already was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic book, even if you ignore the religious side entirely, it gives insights into the world that one might never have thought. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donnie Bain
Haven't had time to read slot of it yet , but so fat beautifully written and a novel idea using the simple wisdom of Winnie the Pooh to explain ideas.Published 2 months ago by Ania wood
I must admit I haven't read this book, but I have listened to it as an audiobook a couple of times. Beautiful and simple throughout, it is an incredibly steady introduction to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by OJR
Amazing book, delightful, engaging, intriguing... Perfect.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer