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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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Katie
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
Kimberly
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...more
Jason
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.
Claire
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.
Clint
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.
Nicholas Cheng
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...more
Alexia
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
oOSarahOo
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...more
Adam
Feb 01, 2011 Adam rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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
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
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'...more
TrenTren
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
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
Kelly
everyone should read this
Stephen
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
Manzoid
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...more
Forest
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...more
Derrick Lord
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...more
Aurelien
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
Jack
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...more
Johan Forngren
The Tao of Pooh was good, entertaining and somewhat enlightening. The Te of Piglet however was far too political for my taste. I think I would have enjoyed it better if the author hadn't been so aggressive about contemporary matters. I was more interested in the concept of Te than issue if nuclear power is on accordance with the Dao or not. I would recommend the first book to anyone, but the second one I would warn even those interested in taoism to stay away from.
Skyler
Brilliant.

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...more
Molly
As a teen these books gave me utter glee - perhaps because they made my parents nervous. I just re-read them and am surprised by the defiant, often hostile, voice of the author. He seems really disgruntled by the common American. I've met so many like him in recent years that I've swung more to the middle. I was particularly surprised by his diatribe against professional women. Yes, there's a lot wrong with the way things are...but the solutions and ideas provided within these pages are overly s...more
Starr
This two book series was cute. A watered down interpretation of the Taoist philosophy, it's a great beginning introduction for interested adults. While I didn't agree with some of the connections (or felt that half the conversation was in the author's head and left me behind), it perfectly illustrates the simple, effortless nature of the Tao. A celebration of Pooh's simple "bumpkin" approach to the complexities of life as well as Piglet's Importance Though Small, it connects you to a familiar im...more
Nux
Loved the Tao of Pooh. Wisdom in innocence & accepting things as they are. Plus the snippets from the original Winnie the Pooh stories and illustrations used as analogs are wonderful.
Entirely different case with the Te of Piglet, though. I stopped midway in reading this bit because I got so fed up about Tigger being overly criticized while I can't see the supposedly main character of the book as indicated by the title being really that virtuous - unlike the Tao of Pooh. Would give 4 stars t...more
Kyle
These books started me down the path to reading more philosophical/non-fiction fare. They're so simple, and express the tenets of the ancient Chinese philosophy of taoism through A.A. Milne's central childhood icons - Winnie-the-Pooh and his pal, Piglet.

The Tao of Pooh is still my favorite. It's so clean and clear with its allegories and parallels between Milne's depictions of Pooh and taoism's central ideas. Hoff's writing is playful and comical, yet really drives home the point of how serene a...more
Adam
An amusing read, although its perspective was a little one-sided. The intrusion of Pooh characters into his discussion make it infinitely more entertaining--the little critters are all so incorrigibly British! Many of his statements about Western culture, religion and philosophy are overly dismissive and simpleminded (though I think Hoff would take that last criticism as a compliment). The humor was heavy-handed at times but usually amusing.
I read this because I wanted to develop a basic unders...more
Gloria Chavira
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.
Philip
Apr 22, 2007 Philip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone and anyone
I can hardly sit still and focus without having to get up and move around. I lose my concentration quite easily. The Tao Of Pooh is incredible in that it gives insight into Taoism through the timeless childhood character of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. I easily forget how small things should be timeless and never taken for granted, and Pooh constantly applies to his life whether he is giving Eeore a jar of honey or going to see Piglet or Rabbit.

I would recommend this book to anyone because...more
John Miller
The best primer course on Taoism available to any open-minded product of western civilization. Also, the best follow-up to the AA Milne collection of Winnie The Pooh stories. And although I like to think of The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet as the same book anyway, they really are different. The latter is one of the most moving environmental reads since Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. My friend Michelle has opined that these two are the best books in the world. There is a short list that I won...more
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Benjamin Hoff is an author based in the United States. The two books he is proud of are The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet. Hoff has an essay online:
http://www.benjaminhoffauthor.com/ This is the only website he has officially endorsed or been involved with.

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