Book Review: Winnie the Pooh

Rating: ★★★★★

Winnie-the-Pooh has been beloved by several generations because of the wonderful way Milne captures the imaginative play of children. In this book, he introduces the characters of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, and Roo, and their adventures commence.  These are the sort of pretend adventures a child might enact alone with their stuffed toys, but they are written with the sophisticated and original perspective of an adult who develops each toy as a unique character, and this takes the simple stories to a higher level.

Milne’s excellent writing, wonderful use of language, subtle and silly sense of humor, and the unforgettable eccentricities of his characters make the world of Pooh a delightful place.  Like other classic children’s stories, Winnie-the-Pooh may not appeal to every reader, but every child ought to have a chance to experience it.  If it is enjoyed at first, successive readings will provide even greater appreciation as the children grasp more of the story’s subtleties.  Since much of the humor hinges on dialogue, such as Rabbit’s “Oh, must you?” when his greedy guest announces his departure, younger children may need adult help understanding some of the story events.

Winnie-the-Pooh will appeal best to children are old enough to engage in imaginative play.   It’s a good read-aloud for the 4-8 crowd, but the 8-12 age group will also enjoy it as a read-alone.

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Publication Information: Milne, A.A.. Winnie-the-Pooh. Shepard, Ernest H. (Illustrator). Dutton. 1926. ISBN: 0140361219.
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Posted on October 12, 2009

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