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The House at Pooh Corner (Winnie-the-Pooh) Paperback – 6 Jun 1991
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This is the second volume of stories created by A.A. Milne for his son, Christopher Robin, in which Pooh and Piglet go adventuring again with all their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. We are introduced to Tigger, and find out what he likes to eat; Piglet "Does a Very Grand Thing"; and Eeyore finds the Wolery. Accompanied by E.H. Shepard's original illustrations in colour, this is a perfect book to have handy when a request is made for a bedtime story. --Philippa Reece
The second classic children’s story by A.A. Milne about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in The Hundred Acre Wood. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The House At Pooh Corner is just as good, if not better, than the original Winnie the Pooh. It's a shame Milne only wrote two (prosaic) Pooh books - but then I think that's also what makes them so special. I made sure I savoured this slowly, reading a chapter every now and then. It is actually a superb read for adults - Milne is an author of great skill (both in technique and in story telling), and there are so many nuances in the text; it's not too difficult to see Milne's world view and philosophies behind the surface of each chapter, and his stories so wonderfully reflect his wonder at the imagination of children. Each of the character personalities is so distinct, too - Milne often makes fun of society, particularly by cheekily capitalising certain words. And Shepard's illustrations are ingenious, capturing the essence of Milne's descriptions humorously and, I'm sure, accurately. Finally, the grammar and punctuation is fantastically old school and top drawer - a much better reference than a dry text on the subject. If you want a refreshing break from your day-to-day life, are an adult that wants to awaken their inner child, or if you want to transport yourself to a world where life is simple and delightful, read The House At Pooh Corner! In fact, there is a lot to be said for reading early years fiction as an adult.
Like all the best literature (for that's what these writers wrote), it is best read out loud and savoured.
Finally, all of the above means that their work is as much aimed at adults as it is children, maybe even more so. I used a passage from 'In Which Piglet Does A Very Grand Thing' ( Throughly bastardised by Disney who turned it into the boring and mellifulously flat, Winnie the Pooh and the Windy Day), to illustrate the idea of Mutally Assured Destruction regarding nuclear weapons in a university essay. Pooh and Piglet are off to visit Owl on a windy day. The wind is blowing noisily through the tree tops scaring Piglet. He asked Pooh, 'Suppose a tree fell down when we were underneath it?' Pooh thought for a moment and replied, 'Suppose it didn't.' Piglet was comforted by this. Analogy, what happens if the Russians/Americans launch a nuclear strike against us? Suppose they don't? The passage which I'll let people discover for themselves, describing the collapse of Owl's house, and the 'movement' of the portarit of Great Uncle Robert, is simply sublime!
Utterly brilliant stuff!