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The World of Pooh (The Winnie-the-Pooh Series #1 & 2)

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The world of Pooh is the Thousand Acre Wood of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Christopher Robin, and more. He is a whimsical philosopher, staunch friend, plump, and fond of honey. He calls himself a Bear of Very Little Brain, but is wise and loving. Delicate paintings loved by centuries of children.
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published October 23rd 1958 by Methuen Children's Books (first published October 14th 1926)
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Caris
The World of Pooh is a motherfucking sausagefest. It’s clever and all, but would it have killed the fucker to put a girl in the story? One who is quirky and fun and not acting as a goddamned caretaker for a fucking kangaroo? I have to read this shit to my daughter, and she identifies with characters who are like her. This group of forest-dwelling asshats gives me nothing to work with, as she is not a neurotic bear, a neurotic pig, a tiger with ADHD, a stupid mother kangaroo, a stupid baby kangar...more
Micki
Sep 30, 2008 Micki rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to inspire their children
There is no comparison between the original book and the saccharine Disney version of our friend, Pooh. Milne's version is so full of insights into childhood to delight the adult reader that are entirely missed by the more popular version. I bought this book on a whim while trying to start a family, read it to my babies long before they are ready to enjoy these stories, and look forward to sharing Pooh's delightful adventures with them as they grow up. I don't know that I need any other books in...more
Vivian
My first memories of being read aloud to are with this book. My father would read to my sisters and I while my mother completed preparations for supper. We each identified with one of the characters. I was Christopher Robin (being the eldest), my next sister was Pooh (it seemed to me she was always the most interesting character proto-type in all the books I read), my next sister was Rabbit, my next sister was Piglet, and the baby sister was Roo. Our mother was Kanga (of course) and our father w...more
Ambrosia
At the time of this writing, I am twenty-eight years old. People tell me I come off as intelligent, opinionated, cynical and sarcastic, with a dark and very adult sense of humor. I don't much like children and don't plan to have any of my own. My childhood, while not particularly awful, is nothing I look back on with nostalgia - mostly I'm pretty glad to have gotten to the point where I'm allowed my own life. Generally, my literary tastes run far closer to Patrick Suskind or Neil Gaiman than Mil...more
Yanni
This unimaginative (consider the names of the main characters for example) vile "clever" nonsense is nauseatingly self-indulgent for the adult reader. It is notably adult, both stylistically and in it's observations, written in a dreadful condescending tone that falls on dead-ears of the "intended" audience - namely, the child listener who is read their bedtime story. This appalling claptrap was probably never actually intended for children to enjoy, rather - it's wooden and non-believable rende...more
Michele
I read a few Pooh stories as a child and they didn't grab me. The movies, with an annoying Tigger and an ever-perplexed Pooh and his honey pot did nothing to attract me and seemed rather slow.

However, I recently revisited the original stories and was delighted and touched. The wit and personality observations. Eeyore's sarcasm. The reverence they have for Christopher Robin who is all-knowing to the forest creatures, but would be considered a child too young to have opinions of any importance in...more
Bev Hankins
As a special treat for myself (and to fulfill a couple of the "Reread 4 Books" requirements for the Book Bingo Reading Challenge), I'm rereading the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. First up:


Winnie-the-Pooh--in which we are introduced to Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl (sometimes spelled WOL), Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and--of course--Christopher Robin. In this collection of short adventures Pooh disguises himself as a rain cloud in order to try and fool some bees into allowing him to have their honey;...more
Joel Simon
I had never before read the complete Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and I had high hopes for this book. Having grown up knowing the characters from television specials, and later seeing the smiles on my children's faces when meeting the characters at Disneyland Paris, I really wanted to love the book. I thought of it sitting nicely beside The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as favorite books that also turned out to be classics in television and movie format. So this became...more
Alexis
I loved, loved this series as a kid. It is amazing how many of these stories have crept into my vague memories. I've had a hardcover copy of the books since I was 20. I don't know if I re-read it then, but I just picked this up one night this week and started reading it.

I was delighted by the whimsical nature and the wordplay! There was so much wordplay that I didn't pick up on as a child. I love the stories and the dialogue and description and the rhythm and use of language in these stories. So...more
Danny
My parents got me these books at age six when we lived in England, about 75 miles from the hundred acre wood, (which is a real place) where Christopher Robin played with toys who came to life.
My favorite Pooh quote is:
“"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best -- " and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called”
Ani
"Не може да не уважаваш някой, който може да напише Вторник, дори и да е с правописни грешки. Но правописът не е всичко. Има дни, когато да напишеш Вторник — просто не е нужно."
Едно от най-приятните ми занимания напоследък е заедно с 3-годишната ми най-добра приятелка да се потапяме в приключенията на Пух :) И още нещо любимо :
" Може да ме забележат, а може и да не ме забележат - с пчелите никога не се знае."
Monica
What a fantastic book. So much slower paced than most of the books we usually read but the kids loved it. They loved Pooh's little hums and go around talking about these stories all the time (which is always a relief as otherwise they are talking about Star Wars and I can only take so much). The way the stories are written is so clever that like most books, it just blows the movie out of the water. The poetry, the misspellings, the animals with "fluff" vs. those with "brain"...all things that ar...more
Annie
How can you not love Winnie the Pooh? Like many people, I fell in love first with the Disney movie adaptation and then later discovered the magic and charm of the original stories by Milne and illustrations by Shepard. Milne perfectly captures the magic of imagination, the silliness of childhood, and the importance of good friends. Shepard's drawings are so sweet and whimsical. His depictions of the characters and animals are much more realistic and rustic than the Disney cartoon version. My gir...more
Theresa
After reading other classic children's books that probably scarred me for life, I was a little apprehensive to read Pooh and have him ruined as well. I was delightfully not disappointed. This book was exactly how Disney portrays the stories. It was a joy from beginning to end. I could pick it up again right now and not be bored.

EEyore who has always been my favorite was a little more sarcastic and over the top than the Disney version, but I grew to kinda like it.

Every illustration in the book i...more
Matt Sadorf
What can I say about something that I have been aware of for as long as I can remember?

I always had this book, mom got it for me when I was a kid, but I have never read it until now, and I think there was a reason for that. I picked up so much more from this book by reading it at this age. It seemed like little things stuck out more and made me laugh more than they might have when I was a kid. The way the characters interact with one another, and their personalities, those things just really stu...more
Colleen Stone
Coming to Winnie the Pooh late in life, I immediately phoned my mother and asked my mother why I hadn't been introduced to A A Milne at her knee. She was gracious enough to apologise but defended her oversight on the grounds that she had been working her way through Australian children's classics. And I'm willing to admit that she did this beautifully.

Yes, it's too English and Victorian for today but the characters are wonderfully drawn and the humour compelling. In each of character we can iden...more
Belaiss
The stories included adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends were some of my favourite childhood's ones. I remember a stout Bear of Little Brain wedged in the Rabbit's den's hole, and the same Bear looking for a tail of Eeyore.
I didn't expect to read about Winnie-the-Pooh in its original language, but one day when my eyes were glimpsing from spine to spine(however the amout of books in English in the nearest library is, saying it gently, poor) I noticed a thick book with words „The World o...more
Waits
Waits loves Pooh Bear. I'm not sure when this rabid love affair began, but in an effort to gently steer him away from the utter travesty that is Disney Pooh, I bought him the complete original stories earlier this year. I didn't really expect him to be into them at such an early age — I mean, there are hardly any pictures! — but to my enduring surprise and delight he loves them. He'll sit still, rapt, for entire stories. The book never goes back on the shelf because Waits requests it at almost e...more
Cyril
I recently went to Disneyworld and saw a costumed character at Pooh Corner whom I did not recognize - Christopher Robin was nowhere to be seen. This turned out to be Darby, the "modern" girl who essentially replaces Christopher Robin in new stories of Pooh and friends. The use of this new character did not seem right to me, and so I read through this book to see what the original story was. The World of Pooh is a collection of children's stories based on the imagination of Christopher Robin and...more
Meagan
Well this was seriously not how I thought the book would be. Growing up when the Winnie the Pooh cartoons were huge I thought it would be like that. While the stories where the same obvious the dialogue and the hidden nuances behind them were different. Some stories made me scratch my head, some made me smile and any time that Eeyore was in the story or talked I always felt so sad. In the cartoons he was not as bad as he was in the book and it was just shocking that this is considered a child's...more
melydia
This thick volume contains both Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, and contains pretty much all of the most famous stories. I'd been meaning to read this since my exposure to these tales had been limited to Disney's interpretation. Most of the characters were more or less the way I'd imagined, with the exception of Eeyore. In the book he's less mopey and gloomy than sarcastic and self-centered. To be honest, I think I like this snarky Eeyore better. The stories as a whole were fairly...more
Morgan
Jul 06, 2013 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Morgan by: Mom
I really enjoyed the first book of Winnie-the-Pooh. It was written differently then I expected, but nevertheless it was a fantastically fun read. Not only are the character and the stories timeless, but the writing it self was good for a children's book. Very clever, thoughtful, and funny too. I actually laughed-out-loud with the introduction and most of the stories.

The second book was a good one too. It finally introduced Tigger! I was wondering why he never showed up in the first book. From a...more
Whitney Schultz
Although I have watched several Winnie the Pooh TV shows and movies, I had never really looked into reading this book, until I found it this past week. I am happy to conclude that the book is 100x better. The characters and the story lines are similar. However, the book is told as a story about a stuffed bear that belongs to a child named Christopher Robin, which I hadn't realized. I love the structure of the book because it involves classic illustrations. One thing I really enjoyed was the adul...more
Rachel Lein
I find the narrative for the Pooh series to be uniquely charming, and very English. It has a softness and properness to it that I very much enjoyed all on its own.

If you're only familiar with the Disney versions of these characters, you may feel thrown off, and sometimes that these aren't even the same characters at all. Personally, I like the original versions of these characters better than the Disney versions.

My son is almost 5 months old. The stories are a perfect length to be read from sta...more
Lia

I love Winnie-the-pooh since I saw the short film and other pooh film growing up. I never had the chance or the time to read the original story. One day, I was watching the playhouse Disney channel and watch My Friends Tiger & Pooh show that feature Winnie the pooh and his friend. I notice that Christopher Robin was nowhere to be seen. Instead a 'modern' girl named Darby replaces Christopher Robin in the new stories of Pooh and his friends. That was not right in my book.

I read the book, is b...more
Sweetman Sweetman
Dec 13, 2009 Sweetman Sweetman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, especially children who have a desire to read themselves
Recommended to Sweetman by: parents bookshelf
Shelves: classics, influential
One of the first books I read to myself that was mostly narrative. It looked so daunting on the living room bookshelf, huge, pages and pages of writing with whimsical drawings interspersed. I had a knowledge of Winnie-the-Pooh from The Wonderful World of Disney but in truth, I couldn't stand the voice of the actor who played Pooh, nor could I stand the timidity of Piglet. But plug on with the book, I did, and I was completely immersed in the first sentence. It opened a world of vision in words w...more
Carrie
It was such a treat to read these books again as bedtime stories to my kids! The humor--witty-one liners that beg to be repeated--and "Tao of Pooh" philosophy make these enjoyable stories for adults, while still being lots of fun for the kids!
Hayley
It's easy to see why Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne are classics. Each chapter is a charming, whimsical short story. The writing style is humorous in a gentle, loving way. Chapters that were personal favorites included: In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin; In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place; In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents; In Which Tigger Comes to the Forest and Has Breakfast; a...more
Sophia
Winnie the Pooh was a character who served as one of my role models as a child. He has always been a sort of sacred totem of mine. I will forever love Christopher Robin's adventures in the 100 Acre Woods.
Veach Glines
I was not read Pooh as a child, and decided since my only experience was with the cartoons - and since it is on many "must read / bucket lists" I decided to give it a go.

No, it's not filled with insights and tender life lessons with children in mind but tempered with the knowledge that the adult who is reading it aloud will enjoy it as well. It is just plain boring for adults.

HOWEVER, if I had a precocious five year old who could read at an eight-year old level, I'd give her this book and - afte...more
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Alan Alexander Milne (pronounced /ˈmɪln/) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems.
A. A. Milne was born in Kilburn, London, to parents Vince Milne and Sarah Marie Milne (née Heginbotham) and grew up at Henley House School, 6/7 Mortimer Road (now Crescent), Kilburn, a small public school run by his father. One of his teac...more
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