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The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet: The principles of Taoism demonstrated by Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet

(The Way, With The Enchanted Neighborhood)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  11,375 ratings  ·  483 reviews
Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 1st 2019 by Egmont (first published 1992)
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Feb 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
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
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 30, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: incredibly-awful
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.
Gabriela Silva
I honestly keep asking to myself why did I buy this pack of 2 books in 1. 'To get cheaper' I said. But the truth is: this book is terrible.

The first half - which corresponds to The Tao of Pooh - was so cute and inspirational, I read it with such delight and ended it with a feeling of happiness and accomplishment. The addiction of parts of Winnie the pooh to explain Taoism and certain attitudes of nowadays gave to the book a touch of home. We will relate it with our childhood and I think it
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Good book to read and consider.
“you can’t save time. You can only spend it.”

When you know and respect your own Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.

I think, therefore I am Confused.

Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least they do when you let them...

I say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?
Because it’s a nice day (...) Why ruin it? can’t save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read Pooh and it all fits. Pooh is Tao! The Te of Piglet I found to be a bit of a repeat of Tao of Pooh.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfull book. We learn the true wisdom of the world through the stories of a silly old Bear and his friends. Everyone could benefit from reading this. It really gives you something to think about.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The Tao of Pooh was fine. Then the Te of Piglet hit and it was as if there was a rise of the angry middle aged white man who despises everything he cannot understand and has the pov that humans are inherently bad and dumb.
Mar 11, 2014 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
Mike Harmon
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
Jan 11, 2013 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 ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 18, 2015 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
Matt Twyman
Jul 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wishes to remember what it felt like to be a child
wonderfully warm. it feels like cuddling up on a cozy chair underneath a toasty blanket, sipping a tasty cup of hot chocolate on a snowy winter evening. or exploring a large tree on a warm, breezy spring day and realizing that your curiosity has lead you into quite a dangerous predicament but then taking a deep breath and feeling a large smile curl across your face as you realize how much fun you're having.
A small, easily digesed book that stays w/ you like a deliciously healthy meal.
What a lovely and delightful way to learn about Taoism.
Gloria Chavira
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
everyone should read this
R.W. Erskine
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great stuff.
an interesting look into the personality written about fictitious characters.
gives them a sense realism.
Maureen Gravenish
Read slowly and absorb each page. Take lots of breaks for reflection. When you get to the end, start reading again from the beginning.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Simon by: J.
Shelves: religion
This book is two books printed together: "The Tao of Pooh" and "The Te of Piglet".

The first book is really good. On it's own I'd give it four stars. It's inspiring and refreshing for people like me that have only been exposed to Western philosophy or religion. This book presents some basic concepts of Taoism in an easy to understand way and made me want to learn more about this philosophy/religion. I'd totally recommend The Tao of Pooh if you are in a quest to find truth, if you are looking to
I chose this book because I both wanted to read some of the original Winnie the Pooh (because the bear has some great wisdom) and more about Taoism and this book seemed to capture both perfectly.

Indeed in that sense it is a great read, with little snippets from the original Pooh books by AA Milne (incl illustrations) which Hoff uses to explain the fundamentals of Taoism. As Hoff explains in the introduction; the Tao is an Eastern philosophy, which is difficult to understand coming from a
I should preface this with saying that these books were my first introduction to Taoism and its philosophies in general, which may have influenced my rating.

While the books do a very good job of telling you of what Taoism is, and draws some very clear and understandable parallels to Pooh and the gang, they do a lot besides that which frankly didn't fit into what the books are sold as.
I noticed it mostly during the Te of Piglet, and I think its far more prevalent there, but I might just not have
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved these two books. A great introduction to Taoist principles, and for me a great introduction to the Pooh stories that I have not read. Accessible and informative to almost all reader levels.
Very quick to read (and easy to skip parts if you want to avoid the Pooh side of things and just focus on the content).
Hoff has an authentic voice which conveys extra depth to what is being said.
I thought the use of extracts from Taoist literature were excellently chosen and applied and clarified the
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hoff grew up in the Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Sylvan, where he acquired a fondness of the natural world that has been highly influential in his writing. Hoff obtained a B.A. in Asian Art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1973.

Hoff has also studied architecture, music, fine arts, graphic design and Asian Culture. His studies in Asian Culture included reaching the

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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” 11 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.” 8 likes
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