The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh

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In 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories about a rather stout, somewhat confused bear, was published in England and America. The enchanting tales of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and the others were an immediate success, and firmly established A.A. Milne, already an acclaimed dramatist, as a major author of children's books. Winnie-the-Pooh was followed in 1928 by a second collection, The House At Pooh Corner, which continued the adventures from the Hundred ...
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Overview

In 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories about a rather stout, somewhat confused bear, was published in England and America. The enchanting tales of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and the others were an immediate success, and firmly established A.A. Milne, already an acclaimed dramatist, as a major author of children's books. Winnie-the-Pooh was followed in 1928 by a second collection, The House At Pooh Corner, which continued the adventures from the Hundred Acre Wood and introduced bouncy, lovable Tigger.

Ernest H. Shepard's brilliant illustrations were based on real toys owned by Milne's son, Christopher Robin. The artist visited Cotchford Farm, the Milne country home in Sussex, where he sketched the child, the stuffed animals, and the surrounding countryside.

The world of Winnie-the-Pooh is as popular today as when it was first created. Winnie-the-Pooh has appeared in twenty-one languages, among them Hebrew, Afrikaans, Esperanto, and Latin.

This deluxe volume brings all of the Pooh stories together in one full-color, large-format book. The texts are complete and unabridged, and all of the illustrations, each gloriously recolored, are included. Here are the beloved stories of Pooh stuck in Rabbit's doorway, of gloomy Eeyore and his nearly forgotten birthday, of playing Poohsticks on the bridge, and many more.

Elegant, yet simple, whimsical yet wise, this classic edition is a book to savor and treasure.

Includes a combination of all the Pooh stories with friends, Piglet, Eeyore, and Christopher Robin.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Perhaps you have only read one or two of the stories by Milne or a few of the poems. Bits and pieces have appeared in myriad forms since their publication in 1926 and 1928. This beautiful single volume brings together all of the stories found in Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Young children will be entranced, and like their parents and grandparents before them, they will fall in love with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin. And for those who may not know it, Tigger didn't appear until the second volume of stories. This collection is too heavy for little hands, but it is a real treasure for parents and teachers who can read sections to attentive audiences. The illustrations have been recolored and they too will continue to delight readers, young and old. The introduction contains a bit of background material regarding the author and illustrator, but the real delight is reading the stories and enjoying the illustrations.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For generations, children, and their parents have adored Pooh, Piglet, Eyeore, and Christopher Robin. Now these delightful stories are available in a handsome new edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525457237
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Winnie-the-Pooh Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 19,426
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.85 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

A. A. Milne
A. A. Milne may not have intended to become a children’s book author, but his greatest creation, the honey-loving bear Winnie the Pooh, is so much a part of the culture that one can scarcely imagine children’s literature without him. Milne created Pooh to entertain his son, Christopher, which he did – and millions of other readers as well.

Biography

It seems strange that A. A. Milne would have not have wanted to be associated with one of literature’s most beloved characters. Having achieved some success as a playwright and novelist, he aspired to be more than only an author of children’s books.

However, Milne’s books -- Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, and the verse collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six -- are hardly typical of most stories for kids. They remain among the smartest of the genre, and were likely written as much for himself as for his young son, Christopher. Infused with a sly wit, they contain humor that only an adult can appreciate; indeed, some of the poems in When We Were Very Young first appeared in the satiric magazine Punch, where Milne was an editor.

Rendered by illustrator Ernest H. Shepard in quaint, warm watercolors, Pooh and friends Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Eeyore, and Piglet star in stories about playing games and helping friends in and around their home near “100-Aker Wood.” In one instance of Milne’s ironic humor, a sign outside Owl’s residence reading “PLES RING IF AN RNSER IS REQIRD” is attributed to Pooh’s boy companion Christoper Robin, “who was the only one in the forest who could spell.” The books are written with sophistication and a certain amount of dry British wit, employing turns of phrase (“customary procedure,” “general remarks”) not usually found in children’s stories.

The volumes of verse range over a wider collection of themes, with Pooh appearing in just a few poems. Most of them offer a young person’s perspective on subjects such as imaginary friends, feigning illness, and going to the zoo; and it’s evident how Milne’s work prefigures that of Dr. Seuss (From Going to the Zoo: “There are biffalo-buffalo-bisons/A great big bear with wings/There’s sort of a tiny potamus/A tiny nossarus too”). Other poems feature cowardly knights, buffoonish Sirs, and other fantasy figures.

Little of Milne’s work for adults, which included the autobiography Year In, Year Out and his first novel, Lovers in London, can be easily found in print. One adult title, however, is still being published: the pleasing Gosford Park-style Red House Mystery.

Pooh, meanwhile, continues to grow as a powerful franchise, with modern-day titles, animation, and games that are almost as delightful as Milne’s original texts -- but not quite.

Good To Know

Milne did not set out with any particular desire to write for children: The Pooh books were originally intended for the real Christopher Robin, Milne’s son.

Milne’s teacher and mentor was the scientist and writer H.G. Wells.

He edited Cambridge’s undergrad paper, Granta, and was later the assistant editor of Punch.

Milne wrote several plays that are no longer published, but were once quite popular, including as Mr. Pim Passes By and the Kenneth Grahame adaptation Toad of Toad Hall.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Alan Alexander
    2. Hometown:
      Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 18, 1882
    2. Place of Birth:
      Hampstead, London
    1. Date of Death:
      1311956
    2. Place of Death:
      Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    This is a very nice book, but the title is completely misleading

    This is a very nice book, but the title is completely misleading. It is NOT the "complete" Tales of Winnie the Pooh, it is the first two stories.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Delightful

    A.A. Milne is quoted as saying that the stories of Winnie the Pooh were not intended for children. This astounded me until I re-read 'The Complete Tales...' I have found insight, courage, humility and joy from these splendid tales, that only now as an adult I can truly appreciate.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Pooh Still Means Excellence

    As the language deteriorates and "pooh" takes on a more scatological meaning, I fear these classic stories will loose resonance. These are timeless tales of innocence taking place in another world that still manages to resemble the better parts of our own. With fascinating, well defined characters and compelling artwork and story, no child or adult should be denied the pleasures reading/reading aloud the Winnie The Pooh stories!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    About a Pooh Bear in different stories

    My favorite Winne the Pooh story was when tigger got stock up in the tree. He wouldn`t come down. Rabbet said if we help you down you peromise you will never bounces again. That made me really sad because Tigger`s are ment to be bounce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Winnie and his friends are us!

    Both tales are lovable, enjoyable and moving, and perhaps the most important thing is that although written for kids, we adults can reflect on the way we live our daily lives. We live through the pages the feelings of all characters: fear, amazement, joy, kindness, self-inflicted misery, competitiveness, good times, and most of all, positiveness and passion to enjoy and nurture true friendship. Haven't we had these feelings and emotions as human beings? There are Rabbits, and Tiggers and Owls and Piglets all around us and we can barely seem to recognize them in our friends or the people we communicate with every day. Illustrations are gorgeous... an outstanding vision of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh

    I like Tigger because he is the funniest of all. Tigger is very happy and glad. He is bouncy when he messed up Rabbit's garden.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh

    I like the book Winnie the Pooh. I like the Tigger because he is funny, silly, wacky. That is why Tigger is my favorite character.

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