The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne and E H Shepard

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The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne and E H Shepard

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A true classic of children's literature which might be nearly ninety years old but is still fresh. Highly recommended.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 192 Date: February 2016
Publisher: Egmont
ISBN: 978-1405280846

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The title of the book comes from the first story, in which Winnie and Piglet build a house at Pooh corner for Eeyore, but perhaps the most famous story in this second book is at chapter six, when the game of Pooh Sticks is invented. We also meet Tigger for the first time and as with the first book Winnie-the-Pooh each chapter is a short story in its own right, except for chapters eight and nine which have a degree of continuity as Owl's house is blown down in chapter eight and a new one is found for him at the Wolery in chapter nine. It's still not overly long even if you end up reading both as a bedtime story!

Although all the stories stand on their own there are suggestions throughout them that Christopher Robin is growing up and this all comes together in the final chapter when a farewell party is held in the wood when Pooh and friends learn that Christopher Robin is leaving them soon. It's not said but the probability is that he is going away to school. Pooh and Christopher's private farewell always brings tears to my eyes.

I don't think you can ever be too old for Winnie the Pooh and I've been lucky enough to reread the stories from an edition published by Egmont to coincide with Winnie's ninetieth birthday. It's part of a series of rather sumptuous books by A A Milne and E H Shepard complete with Shepard's full-colour illustrations (or 'decorations' as they are called) and silk bookmark, of the sort which are loved for years and passed down the family. They make (individually or together) excellent, thoughtful gifts. In addition to the Pooh stories there's a book of children's verse: When We Were Very Young.

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.

There is a modern sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh - Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus which impressed us here at Bookbag Towers, but do start with the titular book - Winnie-the-Pooh. Young readers (that's those who are not yet into three figures) will love the story behind Winnie the Pooh - Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall.

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