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The Te of Piglet

(The Way, With The Enchanted Neighborhood)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  16,158 ratings  ·  617 reviews
Taoist philosophy explained using examples from A A Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.
Paperback, 257 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Egmont Childrens Books (first published 1992)
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Kathryn
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: don't bother; read Tao of Pooh instead!
Shelves: stalled
I only made it about half-way through this book and that was a struggle--I continued only because I had such fond memories of "The Tao of Pooh." In my opinion, this is not a worthy sequel. All the sweetness and warmth of the first book, the Mile-esque style of writing, is gone. So, too, is much discussion of Taoism--and even of Piglet, for that matter. Rather, it seems a soapbox for the author's disillusionment/disgust with Western culture. Would have been much more effective if he kept the focu ...more
Jesse Field
Apr 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
The Fèn of Eeyore.

One day I was walking through the bog, gazing wistfully at the muddy water, when I came across Eeyore in his den. A lovely smell was coming out of the crumbling donkey shelter.

"Hallo old friend. What's cooking?"

"Hola, amigo. Why this is just a simple zuppa verde. Thistles and nettles from the bog you know, but quite good when cooked in buttered broth. Farina grains add bulk and thickness, what what. Ho ho! But what's this, you're looking a bit doom-and-gloom, my friend. What ha
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Robert
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
After enjoying Benjamin Hoff's Tao of Pooh, with its delightful introduction of Taoist ideas using the classic A.A. Milne characters, I approached the rather thicker Te of Piglet with gleeful anticipation. Alas, if only the book were thinner.

There are still the interactions, albeit somewhat less adorable, with the denizens of the Hundred-Acre Wood, but they are nearly suffocated by lengthy broadsides against all sorts of political targets, from anti-Environmental Business to Technology, from Sci
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Krista
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. I remember enjoying "The Tao of Pooh" and I naturally figured this would be a companion piece in the same vein. However, in the ten years that passed between that publication and this one, Benjamin Hoff seems to have grown into a grouchy, cantankerous old man decrying the youth of America and using this book as a soapbox for his own political rants that have naught to do with Taoism, Te, Piglet or Pooh.

The book starts off fine, with some basic introductions of Taoism
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Melanti
This is like night and day compared to the Tao of Pooh.

Tao of Pooh alternated between scenes from Pooh and Hoff's explanation of what that meant in Taoist terms. The Pooh scenes really helped illustrate what he was discussing. The Te of Piglet consists more of exposition about the concept of Te and Taoism in general. There's very little effort made to tie it back to Piglet and the other Pooh characters and quite a bit of political ranting.

The few points he tried to make about Piglet he'd already
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Susan Wojtas
2.5 stars...I don't know, this sequel just didn't do it for me. I loved the first book, absolutely loved it, but this one seemed...lacking somehow.
Mandi
Aug 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
At first I enjoyed it for what I was learning about Chinese philosophy. But then he gets very political about current events in 1992, which, while also being outdated now, are not as relevant to the timeless themes he is discussing as he would think. He gets on his soapbox about his personal views, which I also see as off target and an annoyance. I wanted to read about Te and it’s relationship to Piglet, not on how he feels all the past presidents have overlooked environmental protection. Actua ...more
Corbitt
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is about 100 pages, give or take, larger than the first book on the subject matter by Hoff, The Tao of Pooh. While explaining the principles of Taoism through stories from A.A. Milne and crafting new dialogue for the characters still works, it is far less a part of this book than the previous. In fact, this book tends to go off into explanation far more than crafting examples using the character.

But the single unforgivable part of this book is the large amount of soap box talk the auth
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Chris
Jan 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I cannot look back at The Tao of Pooh without thinking of Pooh an unthinking dimwit. The author, Hoff, tries to explain living with virtue and in harmony with the natural world or Te. Hoff, does a good job of using previously written works to illustrate his points, but comes short when using Milne's characters. In fact as the book went on, I began to dislike the character of little Piglet.
My major gripe with this book is that Ben Hoff decided to pull out his soapbox and
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Danny
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
The book is supposed to demonstrate how Piglet in the original A.A. Milne writings personified Te, or 'Virtue in Action'.

To illustrate this the author wrote a bunch of new situations for Piglet. Which defeats the entire purpose, since it forces Piglet into the mold for the philosophy instead of showing how he already conforms to it.

The author also spends a lot of time explaining how the world is in poor shape due to the "Eeyores" who complain about how the world is doomed instead of seeing thin
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Eduardo Santiago
Jan 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Yikes. I had hoped that Hoff would grow in the ten years after Tao of Pooh. He did: he grew batshit.

Hoff starts with a good-old-days rant about Man living in Harmony with Nature and Spirits and whatnot before a Great Separation which caused deserts to form and violence and Confucianism. Tin foil hat territory. I had to reread parts of it to see if he really meant all that... and as best I can tell, he does. Maybe in the second half of the book he goes ha-ha just kidding. I don't plan to find out
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G.R. Hewitt
Not as good as the Tao of Pooh, I struggled to finish this book.
P.W. Lawrence
Mar 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was originally rated at two stars by me because it really paled in comparison to the Tao of Pooh, which I still highly recommend.

Why is this book one star? A few reasons....

1. Hoff clearly didn't want to write it, from the way he was describing in the beginning. I don't know if there was a contractual obligation or he just realized that he liked money, but he already went into it with a little less than "pure" intent.

2. While there was still some charm in the book, it wasn't as good wi
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Elyse
Apr 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I threw this book across the room. Didactic and annoying. You'd do much better to read Winnie the Pooh in the original.
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Joseph Dunn
I really looked forward to this one. After just finishing the Tao of Pooh, I was in the mood, it was fresh in my mind, I was ready to put this in context with its companion. Unfortunately, the result was disappointing. The Te of Piglet began with a solid premise, however it failed to accomplish what it set out to do.



The premise is that Piglet represents Te, meaning "virtue in action." To be more specific it is the virtue that arises from the inner nature of things, a hidden potential, a spiritua
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Patrick
Sep 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
All I can say is Hoff is so full of himself, and full of shit, I can't believe it. The only thing that is good in his two books is when he refers to actual stories from taoist history. Everything he fills in is half right and half wrong and as a good friend of mine always says, "If you're Buddhism (Taoism) is half right, then it's all wrong.
When it comes down to it, Hoff doesn't convey the real meaning behind Taoism. He gives a watered down version of what he likes about it. He doesn't tell yo
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Emma
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In all honesty, this book was extremely disappointing compared to the first. Instead of focusing on Taoist beliefs and how the Pooh characters exhibit them, Benjamin spent much more time talking about politics, and how our country is being run wrong. Which I normally wouldn't have minded too much, because as it turns out, Mr. Hoff and I are more or less on the same page politically, but at times you could just feel his anger at the state of the country (And considering that at this point this bo ...more
Adam
Aug 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy
This book purports to elucidate the meaning of Te (virtue/power) via an analysis of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. But it’s mostly just Hoff complaining about modern life, with little apparent structure or unifying theme. And he’s not very good at it: a mediocre ranter at best. Allow me to quote some of his half-assed complaints*: “Modern people bloat life with pointless complications.” “Feminists make words too complicated.” “People run on paved paths rather than on natural grass.” Meh. He also c ...more
Erin
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Erin by: self
After reading "The Tao of Pooh," I was disappointed in "The Te of Piglet." It seemed to me that the author used this "companion" book as a way to espouse his personal opinions that may or may not be supported by Taoist thought. Although I agreed with many of them (and thought others were ignorant and ill-informed), I was not pleased that they were seemingly forced on me when I least expected it. This was not what I hoped to gain from reading this book.
Ian Malone
Dec 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
A distinctly less enjoyable sequel to the Tao of Pooh. The book is light on Taoism and Pooh and heavy on criticism of America. Hoff makes statements that he has no interest in backing up at any point and appears to have only wanted to do a sequel so that he could criticize the West. I hated this book.
Kassy
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
While the supplementary materials (included Taoist texts and large blocks of A. A. Milne's original text) are brief oases in this book, the rest of is is an overgeneralized tirade which seeks to make use of the Tao of Pooh structure without really having anything else to say.

I was really disappointed as we spent most of the time comparing every character but Piglet and Pooh to some kind of vague archetype of bad/harmful behavior. Additionally, the interrupting animal trope is incredibly disrupt
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I would like to know how Hoff got permission to commandeer all the Ernest K. Shepherd illustrations, and use Milne's characters for a book that has really nothing to do with the work of either artist. Obviously he must have paid for the privilege; but why was his money accepted? Perhaps because the heirs of Shepherd and Milne no longer care (there is, after all, the whole Disney thing) or because it's no longer about the people, but the corporate interests. (There is, after all, the whole Disney ...more
Maya
What an unfortunate book. It has a few gems, but the author regularly gets distracted by their own eccentric and traditionalist worldview. For example, he freaks out by the thought of language adapting to become more inclusive towards oppressed populations.

The author is one of those western folks who is quite taken with stereotypes of east vs. west; while also simultaneously being ignorant of non-white cultures within the western world. For example, on page 78 he goes into a rather strange tange
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Jennifer
Nov 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. This was a huge disappointment. I loved The Tao of Pooh. It was heartfelt and endearing,while also clearly explaining Taoist philosphy. This book is not that.
The author is, as he would say, an Eeyore. He complains constantly, and is a huge downer - though I disagree with his ideas about Eeyore, there are so many worse things in this book. At one point he goes on a rant about feminists - Amazon Eeyores, yes this is a thing - killing feminine energy and wanting to b
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Mark Oconnor
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Another average read by Hoff. He really lets loose against the academics and all of Western civilization in this one, while drooling and playing the sycophant for everything Chinese, even the current regime who he brags has young children planting trees and plants (bizarre!). Does he not remember Tiananmen square in 1989? This book was written in 1992, yet he seems to gloss over that, if not outright ignore it completely. He rips all of Western science in one paragraph, and praises all Chinese i ...more
Lisa
I'll start by saying that I'm rather disappointed. After reading and loving The Tao of Pooh, I had such high hopes for this book. Although I agree with 90% of his politics, I found his ranting to be a bit exhausting and repetitive. Sadly, that aspect of the book, for me, ended up obscuring many of the wonderful messages that might have otherwise been found in the book. I also found it a bit hypocritical. He preaches openness and going with the flow but then bashes others that don't think as he d ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Unreasonably popular in Sweden at the time, it's a kind of "philosophy light", which probably could be expected. Spiced with a few eyebrow-raising quotes and opinions from the author. Nice illustrations.
Set
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Again with the ridiculous rambling of Benjamin Hoff and his hatred of the Western World and Christianity (the belief of the Western World) through his teaching of Taoism using the beloved prekindergarten characters of Winnie the Pooh. Honestly, he would have the whole world act like prekindergarten children. Pretty much at one time humans were telepathic and a cockroach or leaf was not beneath humanity. Supposedly, men did not eat animals and I assumed many died at an early age due to anemia and ...more
Jill
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hoff's explanations of The Way are instructional and thought provoking. Unfortunately, the reader frequently must wade through, or wander past the 2-3 page political rants and derogatory descriptions of the West. The bitterness and anger seemed rather contradictory to the Taoist teachings. I found myself enjoying the selections from Milne's original as a reprieve from the anger. Hoff's use of Rabbit, Tigger, and Eyeore as instructional examples is also rather critical and negative. Not an inspir ...more
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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 cer
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