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Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet Boxed Set

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,935 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
Who would have though that Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, A.A. Milne's beloved storybook characters, would cause such a stir demonstrating the fundamentals of Taoist philosophy? A perfect gift for any occasion, these two phenomenal paperback bestsellers are available for the first time in an elegantly packaged boxed set. Illustrated throughout.
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Published November 1st 1994 by Penguin Books (first published 1992)
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Feb 07, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
I read this book late one night in a drafty garage three weeks ago when I was in California for my aunt's funeral. I read in the garage because there were people literally sleeping in every room of my dad's house---on the floors, in the hallways---it was impossible to find a place after 9:45 where I could turn a light on without disturbing anybody. It was the only thing I could find to do as my computer was out of juice and the only other reading material was a TIME magazine from the early 90s o ...more
Jul 12, 2009 Claire rated it did not like it
The best points of this book were the excerpts from Winnie the Pooh. Though I know the author wrote the book to simplify Taoism for those of us (ie me) who have not concept of it, I had the distinct impression that he oversimplified it. He basically condemned the pursuit of knowledge and any sort of goals in favor of "simplemindedness" and simply enjoying everyday life.
Aug 30, 2007 Clint rated it did not like it
As if the Tao of Pooh weren't enough, the Te of Piglet had to come along. And as if that weren't enough, there's a boxed set. A boxed set?! This is not the Velevet Underground, this is self-consciously wacky pseudo philisophical bullshit! Where's my razors, I feel the urge to flee this world for good.
Jan 10, 2009 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed.

The Way, way of the universe, it's natural balance harmony retreats with man's interference.

Through working in harmony with life's circumstances, taoist understanding changes what other perceive as negative into something positive.

When you know and respect your own inner nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don't belong.

WuWei (the pooh w
Jun 05, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
I read this in the summer of 1990 and understood Taoism much better than I did in my philosophy class. A very cool little read.

Following a very busy, difficult school year, I thought a little review of a world view focused on remaining calm in all situations wouldn't be a bad idea.

Yep, still a very enjoyable little book that reminds you of the strength, courage and power of self, the universe and of nothing. On to the Te of Piglet.
Mike Harmon
Nov 05, 2015 Mike Harmon rated it it was ok
I give the Tao of Pooh 4 Stars and the Te of Piglet 0 Stars for an avg of 2 Stars.

Tao of Pooh - the author uses excerpts from Winnie the Pooh stories in order to give a simplified explanation of Taoism. There are good lessons to reflect on concerning *discarding arrogance and complexity *contentment, etc. I don't really buy into the "Tao does not do, but nothing is not done" concept that teaches living without meddlesome, combative, or egotistical effort. So, ditch the ego, yeah sure, but it's n
Nicholas Cheng
Jul 09, 2014 Nicholas Cheng rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The two books were good overall, since the author achieved his purpose - to convey the Taoist message in a less scholarly / professorial / ancient manner. It evokes many people's childhood memories about the A.A. Milne creation in a nice and simple way.

However, I found that parts of the book got side-tracked and seemed to suggest very poor judgements about life.

In the Tao of Pooh, after the chapter 'Bisy Backson', things kind of went downhill. Pooh, being a very unintelligent character, is port
Jan 11, 2013 Alexia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had read this book in conjunction with other religious texts. Looking at the details of how it is similar to the Bible, for instance, would have been an good exercise in remembering that there is common ground amongst different spiritual beliefs. Though this book is an excellent resource on Taoism; I didn’t get as much out of it as I had hoped. I can’t tell if it is because I had a class that went over Taoism’s fundamentals or if it is the book itself. It might be the latter; the book i ...more
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The Tao of Pooh
This is one amazing little book! It's so calm, simple and inspiring I wanted to start reading it again as soon as I finished it! This book can definitely change your life: it's so uplifting! What I found really interesting when reading reviews here and there is how everyone identifies with a different chapter from the book, a different character. The book really has something to offer to each and everyone of us, it echoes our own personal experiences. My favourite chapters must be
Feb 01, 2011 Adam rated it it was ok
Shelves: orient
Quick, somewhat charming read wherein the basic concepts of the Tao are illustrated via tales pulled from the Pooh-centric books. Clever idea, works well, however, the author's skill does cause some confusion. Switching from author narrative to quoted Pooh text is clear enough, however, disengaging from the quote is sometimes often confusing. Some formatting choices cause confusion too such as when double spacing betwixt paragraphs should and should not occur. And for an uptick, original Pooh-st ...more
Benjamin Duffy
Apr 27, 2011 Benjamin Duffy rated it it was ok
I think this is one of those works that I would have enjoyed more if I'd read it in my teens or twenties rather than my thirties (I didn't). Or that I would have found more profound if it were my first introduction to Taoism (it wasn't). Much like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, I came upon these books too late for my own good, as a grouchy, jaded, grown-ass man. And as such, The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet just struck me as being not nearly as clever as they seemed to think th ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
What a lovely and delightful way to learn about Taoism.
Nov 30, 2015 Marie rated it did not like it
The Tao of pooh doesn't actually explain the Taoist belief of the afterlife but rather the principles of Taoism in everyday practice. They make a quick reference to Nirvana and that's simply it. Their belief system is to act impulsively without thinking of consequence and everything will be balanced, the way nature intended. In reality, this in turn creates mindless vagabond fools that live from hard working intelligent and educated beings that have plans for their future. They don't look to the ...more
Loraine Laurie
Oct 19, 2015 Loraine Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edinburgh-2015
I've been keeping an eye on this book for a while, but it was always not quite high on my to-read list. Nevertheless, here in Edinburgh, I finally managed to get a copy when I spotted it at the used-book store.

I think it would to justice to comment separately on the two books that are made in one. I really liked the first half of the book, but the other, not so much. The Tao of Pooh really was a good read. It explained different principles of Taoism in an easy, consumable way through excerpts f
Marie Cope
I remember as a child loving and completely understanding the Winnie the Pooh books, but now, as an adult, reading the words again, I am puzzled by their meaning. This is the point - becoming an adult removes the child, which, according to the Taoists is not a good thing.

Seeing the world as a child does is critical to survival - the newness, the presentness, the endless possibilities.

The Tao of Pooh teaches us the importance of living in the now and just being, like Pooh. Pooh just is. He doesn'
Jan 26, 2016 Todd rated it really liked it
The Tao of Pooh

Four Stars

Hoff interprets the characters of A.A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories from the perspective of Taoism, especially singling out Pooh himself as the personification of Taoism, as contrasted by the other characters. The book is short, light, and easy to read. Hoff's point is simple and attractive, a sort of "Just go with it" attitude, where experience counts for more than intelligence or education, seeking to work in harmony with nature and use existing strengths. He is espe
Dec 27, 2008 TrenTren rated it it was amazing
Read a ga-gillion times over the years- in little 'pick up off the shelf' 20 minute increments. Winnie the Pooh- my favorite fictional character, his little stuffly nose voice, his hunny bunny belly and his whistlin' right along attitude---I TRY to be like that and it sadly, comes and goes like the wind. Heartwarming and sweet and true, everyone should really, really own a copy of this book.
Iva Pokorny
Mar 14, 2014 Iva Pokorny rated it it was amazing
If you want to understand in your heart .. Or intuit the Tao and the Te .. Then read these 2 books. You will also find so much comfort and humor in your present self and Life. And for awhile, you will roam again in the woods with Winnie the Pooh and his friend, Piglet. You will see again with your child eyes. And above all, you will see your life today through your own child eyes. There is much wisdom there .. simple and clear really. Only then your child self didn't realize what a treasure you ...more
Gloria Chavira
Mar 25, 2014 Gloria Chavira rated it it was amazing
I could read this book over and over and discover new hidden meaning. It is such a cute book and I love how the author explains Taoism through the story of Pooh.
Nov 18, 2015 Coenraad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tao of Pooh is special and warm and warming and wonderful and many other good things. On its own I would have given it a full five stars without thinking about it.

On the other hand, The Te of Piglet is too anti-American, almost too militaristic - on its own it would have scored two stars from me.

Read the first, skim the second.

Die eerste boek in hierdie tweeluik is wonderlik en leersaam; die tweede is só anti-Amerikaans dat dit die skoonheid van die idee vernietig. Lees dus die eerste een en
Oct 25, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
everyone should read this
May 22, 2010 Stephen rated it really liked it
2006 wrote: Refreshing to say the least. Who couldn't gain something from being explained Taoist thoughts and beliefs. Although I find Taoism to be a Utopian dream, valuable but, for the time being, impracticle, i feel there is something to be said for ideas like P'u, or the uncarved block. I do not want to be an uncarved block; I wish to concern myself with real world happenings and test myself with problems and even misgivings and be defined to the last detail by the end. The artist in me know ...more
Jul 28, 2008 Manzoid rated it really liked it
In "The Tao of Pooh", Benjamin Hoff uses the personalities of the characters in A. A. Milne's tales to illustrate Taoism alongside some competing worldviews.

The characters can divided into 3 categories of personality and philosophy: Rabbit/Owl, Eeyore, and Pooh.

Rabbit quickly develops and executes clever action plans that don't capture the essence of a given situation and usually go awry. Similar to Rabbit in terms of being too clever by half, Owl pontificates and analyzes and never actually d
Jan 02, 2010 Forest rated it it was amazing
Tao of Pooh: A magnificent presentation of Taoism stripped to a childhood perspective.

Te of Piglet:

In the chapter "Eyore effect" there may be a catch 22 in the way the author criticizes critics and then furthers the chapter by criticizing society (a society full of critics). "Perhaps Tao of Pooh" triumphs in its lack of critical judgement of society (American society in particular). "Tao of Pooh" may also triumph over the Te for its lack of direct quotes from western authors. The quotes doo supp
Derrick Lord
Mar 06, 2013 Derrick Lord rated it it was amazing
I read Tao of Pooh right around 1983 or so and usually it is one of the first books I mention when I am talking about my favorites. I was just out of high school and had recently been diagnosed with OCPD and was given the book as a birthday gift.

From WIKI:

Taoist propriety and ethics may vary depending on the particular school, but in general tends to emphasize wu-wei (action through non-action), "naturalness", simplicity, and spontaneity.

Which I think makes clear why someone with OCPD would be
Dec 29, 2013 Aurelien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taoism
Humorous and very light in tone, 'The Tao of Pooh' is a great and very enjoyable introduction to the core belief of Taoism. Pooh bear indeed, and funnily enough, has a way of dealing with things and going about in his life that is not in contradiction with Taoists precepts -far from that! Spontaneity, natural simplicity, compassion and, above all a strong ( although naive) optimism no matter what's happening to him, there are some good stuff to learn from his attitude that, Hoff links to some of ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Jack rated it really liked it
An interesting little book that makes a very good introduction to the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) using Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne to explain Daoisn in a manner that the Western mind might find easier to comprehend.

Many people interpret the Tao title as "The Way of Virtue" but, as one person observed (whose name escapes me at the moment), a rock has Te because it is hard by virtue of being a rock. A better title for it would be "The way things are and their consequences."

Pooh seems a simpleton a
Jul 31, 2008 Skyler rated it it was amazing

My first book on Eastern philosophy, and it will probably hold a special place forever. This is a charming walk through basic concepts of Confucianism, Buddhism, and (of course) Taoism. By using many examples from A. A. Milne's books and crafting a few first-person interactions with the characters himself, Hoff relates the brilliant simplicity of Taoist life.

This book is extremely easy to read and an excellent starter philosophy book for anyone, even 'tweens. While I do not consider my
Catalina Smith
May 06, 2015 Catalina Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Although the author's point of view was a little complicated, (as it was a mix of 3rd person and 1st), it provided a lot of insight on the differfernt types of people we have in our world today. Additionally, this book was very powerful in the sense that it showed that mankind in trying to defeat the forces of nature, instead of working with them.
Oct 09, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it
Loved this. It took a little longer to read than necessary because I was trying to do the voices from the Winnie-the-Pooh cartoon in my head, and Pooh and Piglet sound remarkably alike. Thought the Tao of Pooh like a great big hug, but the Te of Piglet was a bit preachy towards the end, which Bothered me slightly.
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“Cleverness, after all, has its limitations. Its mechanical judgments and clever remarks tend to prove inaccurate with passing time, because it doesn't look very deeply into things to begin with” 10 likes
“But down through the centuries, man has developed a mind that separates him from the world of reality, the world of natural laws. This mind tries too hard, wears itself out, and ends up weak and sloppy. Such a mind, even if of high intelligence, is inefficient. It drives down the street in a fast-moving car and thinks its at the store, going over a grocery list. Then it wonders why accidents occur.” 7 likes
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