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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    A Mother of Three Weighs in on This Sequel to A Classic

    As a mother of three I have grown to love the Pooh books in adulthood while sharing them with my children. Our family favorites have been "Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood" and "The World of Christopher Robin."

    "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood," is a more difficult book for preschool aged children to follow simply because of the language, but it has captivated myself and my third grade boy. We are so happy to be back in the Hundred Acre Wood with new adventures and even a new friend in Lottie the Otter. I must admit I was worried about the introduction of a new character invented by someone other than Milne, but Lottie seems to fit with our cherished old friends as though she were always meant to join them.

    It is really the delightful funny charm of our favorite characters continued in this new book that makes it great.

    Like this charming moment with our loveable Pooh:
    "Pooh.was wondering. whether one could train bees to make honey straight into pots, because then they could use the combs to brush their hair without it getting sticky. If bees have hair." (pg. 12-13)

    And this laughable comment from our meticulous and usually overreacting friend Rabbit:
    "It's just as well there's somebody around these parts who has some sense. otherwise anything might happen.' And if someone asked Rabbit what that anything might be, he would reply: 'Pirates, revolution, things thrown on the ground and not picked up.'" (pg 38)

    Chapter Five, In Which Pooh Goes in Search of Honey, is one of my favorites in the new book, and a great example of David Benedictus's ability to write new material seamlessly cohesive with the Pooh books of old. And though the content in this new book is seamless in character, setting, and language, with the original Pooh books, I couldn't help but find little tidbits in each chapter (intentional or not) which gave attention to some modern day issues.

    In Chapter Five when Pooh discovers he is almost out of honey he goes to the great oak where the honeybees have always been, but now surprisingly, they are gone. This makes for a great chapter in the book, but also delivers that eerie feeling the world is currently experiencing with the mysterious loss of thousands of bee colonies.

    There is also a hilarious scene in Chapter Three where Rabbit decides a census must be taken. In light of the coming American census currently being organized, with a debate brewing over the intentions behind it, and a scandal surrounding the organization ACORN who was helping to create the census, I couldn't help but laugh at the following scene:

    "What we most need around here is a Census. The ancient Britons did it. and once they knew who there was and where they were,' Rabbit paused to catch up with himself, 'they could tax them.'
    'Why did they want to?' Christopher Robin asked, reasonably enough.
    'To pay for the Census, of course,' answered Rabbit. 'I thought everybody knew that.' As word got about, the other animals expressed their doubts. Piglet said, 'It's not a Census, it's a Nonsensus," and then blushed at his cleverness." (pg 40- 41)

    The only qualm I would make about the book is that Roo looks like a squirrel instead of a kangaroo even though Kanga is drawn perfectly as a Kangaroo. But besides that Mark Burgess's illustrations are classic and beautiful.

    Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is the perfect addition to the libraries of all Pooh fans!

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Almost as good as the real thing

    I grew up on Milne's Winnie the Pooh and have shared all those stories with my children. I bought the new installment for my 4-year-old daughter for Xmas. We're about halfway through and both she and my 7-year-old son seem to enjoy this one just as much.

    For me, it's a reasonable facsimile of the originals. The new otter character is adorable. The writing is sweet and light-hearted and the illustrations are close the the charm of the originals, but as a bit of a purist - nothing compares to the original!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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