7 Ways Winnie-the-Pooh Inspires Readers of All Ages
"I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen," Winnie-the-Pooh famously tells Piglet—which is exactly how many readers felt when they opened up their first A.A. Milne book and met the unforgettable teddy bear and his friends.
Milne's own story is now hitting the big screen with Goodbye Christopher Robin, a film that follows the English writer as he finds inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh through his relationship with his son, Christopher Robin Milne. With this in mind, we asked Goodreads members on Facebook and Twitter to tell us how A.A. Milne's books influenced their lives. Check out some of our favorite answers below.
1. "The stories have always been a safe place. Even when I'm having the worst day of my life, I can read (or watch) Winnie-the-Pooh and feel a bit better about the world. Sort of like a hug." -Kimi
2. "I read Winnie-the-Pooh this year for the first time. Although I saw the cartoon growing up, reading the words left a bigger impression. Life is not always good, but it is up to me to make it better. You cannot always be down and gloomy." -Marren
3. "It was my first philosophy book at age seven. But I didn't know it then." -Ann
4. "It was an escape into fantasy, yet it was so real—with problems to solve and friends who cared, but weren’t perfect either. And in the end, love prevails in the form of Christopher Robin. It is still endearing to me, and I’m all grown up with grandkids of my own." -Debby
5. "Every childhood should be full of Pooh, and mine certainly was, between the books and the cartoon. As an adult, I came across The Tao of Pooh, which gave me the chance to enjoy Pooh all over again, but from a different perspective." -Patrick
6. "It taught me to have and to hold a hope for a better tomorrow." -Yvonne
7. "I realized it was more than okay to talk to inanimate objects…and even better to imagine their responses." -RydeLibrary
Did you grow up with A.A. Milne's books? Share your own experience with Winnie-the-Pooh in the comments!
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