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The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
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Feb 06, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s-lit
Read in January, 2012

Since his first time in print on December 24th, 1925 in the London Evening News, Winnie the Pooh has captured the imaginations of children and adults alike. Pooh's poetry, free-form Hums, preoccupation with just-a-little-something's, and confusion (being a Bear of Little Brain) create a most delightful literary character. In the second book of the series, The House At Pooh Corner introduces the reader to Tigger, a new and lively creature of the forest who disturbs the order of the Hundred Acre Wood with his boisterous bouncing. The old favorites are there of course: dyslexic Owl (or Wol, as he spells his name), worrisome Piglet (who prepares to meet a giant when looking for Small), motherly Kanga (who takes in orphan Tigger), excitable Roo (who, unlike Tigger, has no fear of heights) Christopher Robbin (who leaves a note explaining he's out but will be "backson"), and my favorite, Eeyore (who unintentionally joins a game of Poohsticks).
Milne knows just how to humor a child while tucking in a few laughs for the adult. He reminds us all of the long-ago pleasure of befriending the unanimated and finding a great comfort in the simply-solved crises of your own creation. As the book ends, all the animals gather in the forest to say goodbye to Christopher Robbin, who must leave the forest of his childhood fancies and do a little growing up. The animals don't know how long he'll be gone, or if indeed he'll ever return. He doesn't quite know himself, for it doesn't seem like he would ever forget how to find his way back to a place he knows so well. Wanting to solemnize the moment, whatever it might mean, he knights Pooh - a fitting goodbye to a champion friend.
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