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The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0525457232
LANGUAGE: English

"I've read lots of people's reviews about re-reading a childhood book and it feels like sometimes people are rating books high because of nostalgia. Throughout this book I kept telling myself, "Don't over-romanticize this thing. You LIKE it, you don't actually LOVE it." I convinced myself of this for about 290 pages--that I just liked it, nothing more. I forgot, though, how amazing Chapter 10 of The House at Pooh Corner is. From the very first line, I began to tear up.

I read this entire book out loud to my daughter, but last night when I was finishing, she had already passed out, leaving me to weep alone. I usually do the voices for her, but by the penultimate page, I could no longer keep it together. When discussing "doing Nothing," Christopher Robin explains to Pooh that "they don't let you," and I can barely handle it. Even now, writing about it.

This is the ONLY book to ever make me cry, and for that, and for Chapter 10, it deserves five starts.
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"To get the effect that most people expect to receive with reading this book, this book is most often tolerated by the parents of tiny babies in slightly darkened rooms, while sitting in their rocking chairs(their baby in the crook of their other arm or over their shoulder, as parent reads this book from their own parental memory.) However, I'm not a parent, nor do I have any kids(I'm not even married.) However, as this story has it, the plot has a secondary storyline, which makes this book an interesting read for anyone to read. It talks about all the adventures Winnie the Pooh had. Whether it be when we find Winnie the Pooh, to where everyone pitches in to build Eeyore his own house to which Winnie the Pooh and friends part ways with Christopher Robbin and the reader, this book is a good book to read for anyone wishing to read a classic tale.

Personally, as a child, I was never read this book. However, I do remember many times when my youngest elementary school teachers use to refer us to this book. Now that I actually have a copy of the thing, now I'm interested in this book. I may be 26 years old, and I like classic books, so this is one interesting find, and I'm glad I'm finally taking part in the reading of this book.
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"Nicht zu vergleichen mit der Disney-Version! Die Zeichnungen sind noch viel niedlicher und der Humor ist um einiges schräger. Pooh selbst ist ziemlich verfressen und auch nicht gerade der Schlauste (wird auch immer wieder betont, dass er ein "bear of little brain" ist). Piglet ist ein richtiger kleiner Angsthase, der das gern überspielt, aber auch mal über sich hinauswachsen kann. Rabbit hingegen hat es faustdick hinter den Löffelohren und ist der Gemeinste der Waldbewohner. Owl hält sich für unheimlich intelligent, was ihm auch alle glauben, da er es meisterhaft versteht sein Unwissen zu verschleiern. Angeblich kann er von allen am besten schreiben, seinen Namen buchstabiert er so: "W O L". Dann gibt es noch Kanga, das liebevolle Muttertier und ihr Kind Roo, das alles ausprobieren möchte. Erst viel später trifft der aufgedrehte Tigga zur Gruppe. Seine liebevolle, aufgedrehte Art hat ihn schnell zu meiner Lieblingsfigur gemacht. Nicht zu vergessen ist natürlich Eeyore, der so viel Pessimismus, Zynismus und schlechte Laune mitbringt, dass das für ein Kinderbuch schon fast nicht mehr feierlich ist.
Christopher Robin liebt aber all seine Tiere und steht jedem von ihnen hilfreich zur Seite.

Ich habe wirklich viel lachen müssen beim Lesen. Die Tiere verhalten sich oft so naiv-dämlich und manchmal auch einfach nur dreist. Herrlich! Hätte ich nicht erwartet von einem fast 100 Jahre alten Buch!
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"I've long had a soft spot for Pooh Bear, Tigger, Eeyore, and Kanga in particular. In many ways, this was as charming as the bits of stories I remember from childhood. The illustrations are simple and sweet. I enjoyed the dry British humour. I'm still a bit amazed at the seeming sophistication of including poor, passive-aggressive (or depressed? or both?) Eeyore, but maybe he was simply based on someone Milne knew.
At times, though, I have to admit that a certain pattern of unfinished conversations got a bit tedious.(Is this a typically British thing or a childlike thing? It can be funny in small amounts, like Ricky Gervais' character in Night at the Museum.)
While the stories may very well be little amusements created by a father for his son that are intended to be taken at face value, I did find myself wondering what lesson or lessons might have been intended. In general, there is a theme of not being unkind to those who mean well. The schemes to teach Kanga and Roo and Tigger lessons backfire. (Is Rabbit jealous of any animal bouncier than himself?) Someone always remembers to be kind to Eeyore, and Eeyore is reminded that he could go visit someone instead moping that no one comes to see him. Milne also seems to poke a bit of fun at those who consider themselves smarter than others or "above" others. While Owl and Rabbit are respected for their supposed "Brain", both do silly things and end up being helped by the other, often kinder, animals. Eeyore thinks he's smarter than the others, but he makes a mistake while trying to help Owl find a new house.
Overall, this book is a light, sweet treat and a reminder of childhood forever preserved onto pages.
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"I had never before read the complete Winnie-the-Pooh stories, and I had high hopes for this book. Having grown up knowing the characters from television specials, and later seeing the smiles on my children's faces when meeting the characters at Disneyland Paris, I really wanted to love the book. I thought of it sitting nicely beside The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as favorite books that also turned out to be classics in television and movie format. So this became a read-aloud book for bedtime with my 6-year-old daughter. Unfortunately, we were both disappointed. On the one hand, the adventures of Pooh and his familiar friends are creative and the characters are lovingly adorable. I particularly enjoyed when Tigger is first introduced into the story. But ultimately, this is a children's book, and my two-star rating reflects the author's failure to satisfy his main target audience. The writing is too sophisticated and the jokes are too complicated. The misspellings of long words by Rabbit and Owl, and the mispronunciations of or mixing up of concepts by Pooh, which are meant to be humorous and are integral to the story, went right over my daughter's head and when you try to explain them, they just aren't funny enough to entertain a child. A lot of the writing is long-winded and quite stiff, and basically boring. For example, referring to Pooh as a "bear of very little brain", or having Pooh repeat that he is going on an "expotition" just doesn't work with a young child. We were both very much looking forward to reading this book and we were both very happy to finally finish it!" said.

"As a special treat for myself (and to fulfill a couple of the "Reread 4 Books" requirements for the Book Bingo Reading Challenge), I'm rereading the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. First up:


Winnie-the-Pooh--in which we are introduced to Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl (sometimes spelled WOL), Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and--of course--Christopher Robin. In this collection of short adventures Pooh disguises himself as a rain cloud in order to try and fool some bees into allowing him to have their honey; Pooh and Piglet try to catch a heffalump; Christopher Robin and all his friends go on an Expedition to find the North Pole; Eeyore has a birthday; and Pooh helps Christopher Robin rescue Piglet from being surrounded by water.


and then


The House at Pooh Corner--in which Tigger is added to Christopher Robin's host of friends and we discover that Tiggers (despite what they might say) don't like honey, haycorns or thistles. Further adventures include building a house for Eeyore, rescuing Roo and Tigger from their tree-climbing adventure, a search for one of Rabbit's friends and relations named Small, playing Pooh-sticks, and the un-bouncing of Tigger.

These were wonderful books to read as a child. I loved the magical Hundred Acre Wood where bears and piglets and rabbits and donkeys and all the other animals lived and had adventures and played withe their friend Christopher Robin. They were also wonderful books to sit down and read to my son 20 years later--and to watch the original stories with him on VHS. I really can't figure out why so many reviewers blast the Disney version. Disney's Pooh is far more faithful to the text than a lot of the Disney features--whole pages of dialogue are transported to the screen*. That is one thing I noticed in this reread. A delightful little trip down memory lane. The books were five stars when I first read them, they were five stars when I read them to my son, and they are five stars now.



{*I am not, of course, counting any of the "spin-off" Winnie-the-Pooh cartoons or more modern versions with this "Darby" character who has taken over. I refer to the classic Pooh stories as seen on "Wonderful World of Disney."}

First posted on my blog My Reader's Block.
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"Winnie-the-Pooh has been my daughter's favorite childhood companion since she turned one. Pooh bear goes everywhere with us, and even if he doesn't, he's never far away. She just turned four, and I thought it would be time to at least attempt to read her the original stories. The Disney cartoons and tales are timeless, but the original Milne/Shepherd stories are the absolute best. I didn't know if she'd follow along or become bored because of the amount of text, but I had a feeling she'd enjoy looking at the illustrations and recognize the familiarity within each chapter (the Disney takes do a good job incorporating much of Milne's vision and even words into their presentation while adding a bit here and there to make it their own). We read the entire collection, both books, in just under a month. Each night before bed we would read a chapter (or half) and laugh and laugh and laugh. My appreciation for Pooh and his friends continues to grow. He's a wonderful role model and ever-present example to all of us, young and old, to not take ourselves too seriously. Milne's writing is cheeky, witty and clever. I could read about these characters until the end of time. Perhaps I will. " said.

" Delightful review of play, creativity and friends. " said.

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