Winnie-the-Pooh's Little Book Of Wisdom by A A Milne and E H Shepard

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Winnie-the-Pooh's Little Book Of Wisdom by A A Milne and E H Shepard

Category: Lifestyle
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A selection of memorable quotes and advice from the Bear of Very Little Brain - but he's definitely worth listening to.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 64 Date: January 2016
Publisher: Egmont
ISBN: 978-1405281270

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For a Bear of Very Little Brain Winnie-the-Pooh talks an awful lot of sense and we should be honoured that he's chosen to share with us a few of his wise words. You see, occasionally (well, an awful lot of the time, if we're honest) we look for wisdom in the wrong places and forget about those who have a very simple approach to life and who may well have discovered the secret of happiness. Pooh's take on life is very simple and none the worse for that.

Now, it's not a very big book, certainly of a size that would fit into most pockets or handbags ready for those waiting room moments and it has a hardback so it's not going to look tatty through over-handling. It's not very thick either, but then you don't buy gems in bulk, do you? The illustrations are the delightfully charming originals from E H Shepard - but who else would you want but 'the man who drew Pooh'?

You're tired of descriptions, aren't you and what you really want to know about is what's inside the book? Here's Pooh's advice on controlling stress levels:

To seem quite at ease, hum tiddely-pom once or twice in a what-shall-we-do-now kind of way.

Now isn't that an awful lot easier that trying to master mindfulness? To complete the sense of wellbeing, you need to take time to relax:

What I like doing best is Nothing. It's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it. What are you going to do? and you say Oh Nothing and then you go and do it. Doing Nothing means just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

I went out for a long Doing Nothing walk this morning and I felt really relaxed when I got home again.

Pooh doesn't restrict himself to advice on mental wellbeing. Here's what he thinks about keeping trim:

A bear, however hard he tries,
Grows tubby without exercise.

Now these might seem to be very simple and I'm sure that you'll have realised that you really could have thought of them yourself, but Pooh can get quite philosophical:

It's best to know what you're looking for before you look for it.

I'll leave that one with you to think about.

I've chosen a few quotes at random, but you can see that they're pearls of wisdom. The book's lovely just to dip into at random, or to read through beginning to end. It would make a lovely gift and I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.

For another book in this series, have a look at Love From Pooh (Winnie the Pooh) by A A Milne. for those wanting to find out more about the original Winnie the Pooh, have a look at Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall.

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