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The Te of Piglet

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  13,147 ratings  ·  433 reviews
In this wonderful sequel to The Tao of Pooh, the author explores the Te (Virtue) of the Small--a principle embodied perfectly in Piglet, A.A. Milne's Very Small Animal who proved to be so Useful after all.
Paperback, 257 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Penguin Books (first published 1992)
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Jul 18, 2008 Kathryn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: don't bother; read Tao of Pooh instead!
Shelves: stalled
I only made it about half-way through this book and that was a struggle--I continued only because I had such fond memories of "The Tao of Pooh." In my opinion, this is not a worthy sequel. All the sweetness and warmth of the first book, the Mile-esque style of writing, is gone. So, too, is much discussion of Taoism--and even of Piglet, for that matter. Rather, it seems a soapbox for the author's disillusionment/disgust with Western culture. Would have been much more effective if he kept the focu ...more
Jesse Field
The Fèn of Eeyore.

One day I was walking through the bog, gazing wistfully at the muddy water, when I came across Eeyore in his den. A lovely smell was coming out of the crumbling donkey shelter.

"Hallo old friend. What's cooking?"

"Hola, amigo. Why this is just a simple zuppa verde. Thistles and nettles from the bog you know, but quite good when cooked in buttered broth. Farina grains add bulk and thickness, what what. Ho ho! But what's this, you're looking a bit doom-and-gloom, my friend. What ha
After enjoying Benjamin Hoff's Tao of Pooh, with its delightful introduction of Taoist ideas using the classic A.A. Milne characters, I approached the rather thicker Te of Piglet with gleeful anticipation. Alas, if only the book were thinner.

There are still the interactions, albeit somewhat less adorable, with the denizens of the Hundred-Acre Wood, but they are nearly suffocated by lengthy broadsides against all sorts of political targets, from anti-Environmental Business to Technology, from Sci
This is like night and day compared to the Tao of Pooh.

Tao of Pooh alternated between scenes from Pooh and Hoff's explanation of what that meant in Taoist terms. The Pooh scenes really helped illustrate what he was discussing. The Te of Piglet consists more of exposition about the concept of Te and Taoism in general. There's very little effort made to tie it back to Piglet and the other Pooh characters and quite a bit of political ranting.

The few points he tried to make about Piglet he'd already
The book is supposed to demonstrate how Piglet in the original A.A. Milne writings personified Te, or 'Virtue in Action'.

To illustrate this the author wrote a bunch of new situations for Piglet. Which defeats the entire purpose, since it forces Piglet into the mold for the philosophy instead of showing how he already conforms to it.

The author also spends a lot of time explaining how the world is in poor shape due to the "Eeyores" who complain about how the world is doomed instead of seeing thin
At first I enjoyed it for what I was learning about Chinese philosophy. But then he gets very political about current events in 1992, which, while also being outdated now, are not as relevant to the timeless themes he is discussing as he would think. He gets on his soapbox about his personal views, which I also see as off target and an annoyance. I wanted to read about Te and it’s relationship to Piglet, not on how he feels all the past presidents have overlooked environmental protection. Actua ...more
I wanted to like this book. I remember enjoying "The Tao of Pooh" and I naturally figured this would be a companion piece in the same vein. However, in the ten years that passed between that publication and this one, Benjamin Hoff seems to have grown into a grouchy, cantankerous old man decrying the youth of America and using this book as a soapbox for his own political rants that have naught to do with Taoism, Te, Piglet or Pooh.

The book starts off fine, with some basic introductions of Taoism
This book is about 100 pages, give or take, larger than the first book on the subject matter by Hoff, The Tao of Pooh. While explaining the principles of Taoism through stories from A.A. Milne and crafting new dialogue for the characters still works, it is far less a part of this book than the previous. In fact, this book tends to go off into explanation far more than crafting examples using the character.

But the single unforgivable part of this book is the large amount of soap box talk the auth
Kyle Muntz
Read this real quick for fun since someone I know sent me a copy for free. It's silly, kind of retarded, and didactic in a way that sort of reminds me of elementary school, but at the same time I couldn't help being impressed by Taoism as a premodern system of thought, even when parts of the book seemed to be made up more of Toff's opinions than Taoism itself. As a philosophy, Taoism seems a little quaint and insubstantial, but it makes up for it by being genuinely appreciative of life, gentle, ...more
I loved "The Tao of Pooh" since I felt like I was being taught Taoist philosophy from a new perspective. A refreshing perspective that I have never felt when studying Chinese Philosophy in college.

That's what I naturally thought that I was getting into with the "The Te of Piglet." But I was quite disappointed to find out that there's much more ranting than philosophy in this book. Hoff flirts with the idea briefly, but instead uses Piglet as a soap box to attack the Eeyores of the world. But wh
In all honesty, this book was extremely disappointing compared to the first. Instead of focusing on Taoist beliefs and how the Pooh characters exhibit them, Benjamin spent much more time talking about politics, and how our country is being run wrong. Which I normally wouldn't have minded too much, because as it turns out, Mr. Hoff and I are more or less on the same page politically, but at times you could just feel his anger at the state of the country (And considering that at this point this bo ...more
Benjamin Hoff is much stronger in his own personal views of how people in the U.S. need to behave in order to follow a better Taoist life. He criticizes so much that is wrong - toxic waste, inhumane treatment of others, the amount of money that has gone to the military, etc. He often goes in tirades, taking away my appreciation for the more gentle style and powerful wisdom in which he wrote the Tao of Pooh.

I did appreciate Hoff's characterization of Piglet, the character in Winnie the Pooh who
This book was originally rated at two stars by me because it really paled in comparison to the Tao of Pooh, which I still highly recommend.

Why is this book one star? A few reasons....

1. Hoff clearly didn't want to write it, from the way he was describing in the beginning. I don't know if there was a contractual obligation or he just realized that he liked money, but he already went into it with a little less than "pure" intent.

2. While there was still some charm in the book, it wasn't as good wi
After reading this book, I cannot look back at The Tao of Pooh without thinking of Pooh an unthinking dimwit. The author, Hoff, tries to explain living with virtue and in harmony with the natural world or Te. Hoff, does a good job of using previously written works to illustrate his points, but comes short when using Milne's characters. In fact as the book went on, I began to dislike the character of little Piglet.
My major gripe with this book is that Ben Hoff decided to pull out his soapbox and
Matthew Rasnake
Nov 13, 2010 Matthew Rasnake rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
At the beginning of this book, the author mentions how he hadn't intended to write a sequel to his original "The Tao of Pooh," but since that book had been such a Remarkable Success, he eventually just had to. After reading this book, it seems to me that it would have been better if he hadn't. Perhaps he was short of ideas, or hurting for money, or trying to recapture earlier success, but whatever the reason it seems he produced something that didn't really even captivate himself.

Honestly, it's
I shyed away from these books (The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet) for so long because of their popularity, and I never was much of a Winnie the Pooh fan. I decided to read this book after a dream I had last year while commuting between Bend and Portland. An Asian man named "Te Walker" was leading a group of women through a treacherous mountain pass. I had the dream the night before I was to drive through the snowy pass around Mt. Hood, by scene of the accident I'd had the year before. I resea ...more
This book purports to elucidate the meaning of Te (virtue/power) via an analysis of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. But it’s mostly just Hoff complaining about modern life, with little apparent structure or unifying theme. And he’s not very good at it: a mediocre ranter at best. Allow me to quote some of his half-assed complaints*: “Modern people bloat life with pointless complications.” “Feminists make words too complicated.” “People run on paved paths rather than on natural grass.” Meh. He also c ...more
Eduardo Santiago
Yikes. I had hoped that Hoff would grow in the ten years after Tao of Pooh. He did: he grew batshit.

Hoff starts with a good-old-days rant about Man living in Harmony with Nature and Spirits and whatnot before a Great Separation which caused deserts to form and violence and Confucianism. Tin foil hat territory. I had to reread parts of it to see if he really meant all that... and as best I can tell, he does. Maybe in the second half of the book he goes ha-ha just kidding. I don't plan to find out
Ian Malone
A distinctly less enjoyable sequel to the Tao of Pooh. The book is light on Taoism and Pooh and heavy on criticism of America. Hoff makes statements that he has no interest in backing up at any point and appears to have only wanted to do a sequel so that he could criticize the West. I hated this book.
Lisa B.
What a delightful idea to incorporate characters from Winnie the Pooh into a book that explains Taoist wisdom. Simply written and informative.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I would like to know how Hoff got permission to commandeer all the Ernest K. Shepherd illustrations, and use Milne's characters for a book that has really nothing to do with the work of either artist. Obviously he must have paid for the privilege; but why was his money accepted? Perhaps because the heirs of Shepherd and Milne no longer care (there is, after all, the whole Disney thing) or because it's no longer about the people, but the corporate interests. (There is, after all, the whole Disney ...more
This book purported to be a lighthearted discussion of Taoism using Pooh characters (especially humble little Piglet) as examples. There were some gems here and there, especially in the traditional Eastern stories that the author told. But to get to the gems I had to wade through the author's political diatribes, his anti-feminist rants, his criticisms of national and world policies, etc. I assume the author was trying to show us how apply philosophy to daily life, which is great. But this autho ...more
Ray Jackson
This book has often be called "an excellent introduction to Taoism". And that's exactly what it is, if Taoism means judging, being intolerant, telling which things and which faiths are good and which are bad, and looking down on everything and everyone who is different. Somehow, I think Taoism is something else...

I gave this book 4 stars. Two for being another reason to re-read "Winnie-the-Pooh" and two for a few popular quotations of Eastern thinkers. I would have added an another half-star fo
(Some spoilers included)
As a Christian, it appears to me that Hoff has only had negative experiences of Christianity, likely in a hypocritical fundamentalist church culture. His critique ends up sounding just as judgmental as the organized religion he attacks, and he completely dismisses the accomplishments of Western culture while claiming that humanity's only salvation is in Eastern tradition. Of course, there are many ways for the West to improve its relationship with the Earth and its spirit
Beverly McCall
The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff is a non-fiction book exploring the Taoist wisdom. In particular, Hoff focuses on the concept of Virtue of the small. At first I could not understand why Hoff selected Piglet as a vehicle to reveal the concept of virtue. Through a closer examination of all the Pooh characters reveals Piglet’s special qualities as well as the fact that Piglet changes and applied them to his daily life. Piglet developed his Te through the traits of sensitivity and modesty.

Hoff us
I threw this book across the room. Didactic and annoying. You'd do much better to read Winnie the Pooh in the original.
Jul 28, 2010 Erin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: self
After reading "The Tao of Pooh," I was disappointed in "The Te of Piglet." It seemed to me that the author used this "companion" book as a way to espouse his personal opinions that may or may not be supported by Taoist thought. Although I agreed with many of them (and thought others were ignorant and ill-informed), I was not pleased that they were seemingly forced on me when I least expected it. This was not what I hoped to gain from reading this book.
Christine Fay
A very quick read, this book offers some valuable insight on life.

“Without difficulties, life would be like a stream without rocks and curves – about as interesting as concrete. Without problems, there can be no personal growth, no group achievement, no progress for humanity. But what matters about problems is what one does with them” (58-59).

“Today, thanks to the Negative News Media, we are overinformed about problems we can do little or nothing about. Despite the great fanfare made about these
I think Hoff has some interesting and relevant points. The world does need to focus on the typically feminine--the ability to accept things without reacting against them, the ability to think situations to their conclusion, the ability to search for peace instead of jumping to war. However, he does seem to idolize China, which bothered me since currently China is ruled by a Dictatorship who most definitely is not Taoist.
Although I always have trouble with people who present the good of one peop
Do not read this book if you are in fifth or sixth grade! It is extremely confusing.
Ex: "The cows go out of the gate, now calculate the volume of Jupiter while meditating."
I did, however, enjoy the parts where the author would talk to the characters. But i felt that it was extremely choppy.
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“It is very hard to be brave," said Piglet, sniffing slightly, "when you're only a Very Small Animal."

Rabbit, who had begun to write very busily, looked up and said: "It is because you are a very small animal that you will be Useful in the adventure before us.”
“Thousands of years ago, man lived in harmony with the rest of the natural world. Through what we would today call Telepathy, he communicated with animals, plants, and other forms of life-none of which he considered "beneath" himself, only different, with different jobs to perform. He worked side by side with earth angels and nature spirits, with whom he shared responsibility for taking care of the world.” 26 likes
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