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Winnie-the-Pooh: Return to the Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie-the-Pooh - Classic Editions) Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009
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Over eighty years since Winnie-the-Pooh first delighted readers, David Benedictus takes us back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures. "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood" allows readers to spend a few more treasured hours with the Best Bear in All the World. The authorized sequel to A. A. Milne's original "Winnie-the-Pooh" stories, by David Benedictus, Illustrated by Mark Burgess in the style of the original E. H. Shepard illustrations.
About the Author
Writer David Benedictus adapted and produced the audio adaptations of 'Winnie-the-Pooh' starring Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks. He has worked as assistant to Trevor Nunn at the RSC, was Commissioning Editor for Drama series at Channel 4, and ran 'The Book At Bedtime' for BBC Radio. He is the author of 'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood' the authorised follow-up to 'The House at Pooh Corner' by A. A. Milne.
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Also the text seems to view the characters of Piglet, Rabbit, Wol etc, and even Pooh himself from the outside and at a distance, rather than entering into their minds. I realize, of course, that time has moved on since we left Pooh and Piglet playing on top of the forest, and a slightly more adult view is required, both from the point of view of Christopher Robin and from the point of view of the reader. However, knowing how I view the original books and also how I view my own stuffed toys (which I still have although I am now aged 65), I still think that David Benedictus has not shot his arrow quite true. He has missed the bullseye by a fraction, but only a fraction, and not by enough to prevent me from wrapping up his offering lovingly and sending it to my granddaughter (aged 5). I shall be interested to hear her opinion.
But we thought that we would give the new stories, written by David Benedictus and illustrated on the CD cover by Mark Burgess, a fair hearing with this wonderful set of three CDs, being read by the superb voice of Bernard Cribbins.
Well the stunned silence of two children and one wife told its own story. Our hearts melted as the new stories unfolded. These Winnie the Pooh stories are still in the Hundred Acre Woods, though Christopher Robin is a little older now and rides a push bike. All the old characters are there along with a new one "Lottie" a young female otter.
We all loved the return to the original style for the illustrations, which are more in keeping with the characters being described and as E.H. Shepard originally intended. Personally these illustrations are so important to the charm of Winnie the Pooh and they filled my heart with joy.
Each chapter is split into two which works very well with young children whose attention span struggles with longer chapters. The style of writing is similar to the original stories, though the language is not quite so rich, which is a good thing in some ways.
We are certain that A.A Milne would have been thrilled with this official "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood".
I was particularly impressed by the arc of the stories, beginning with the return of Christopher Robin to the 100 Acre Wood, and the same faint sense of melancholy and growing up that was behind some of the original stories. We very much loved the story in which the bees disappear, and Pooh's songs are also as beautiful as ever! We hope that the license continues to be used, in moderation and in good faith, by this respectful duo.
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