The House At Pooh Corner Deluxe Edition [NOOK Book]

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This deluxe edition of The House At Pooh Corner is the perfect way to celebrate the enduring popularity of A. A. Milne's classic work and a stunning companion to the Winnie-the-Pooh 80th Anniversary Edition. The interior features the unabridged text and Ernest H. Shepard's charming illustrations in full color on cream-colored stock. It is an impressive package for new fans ...
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Overview

This deluxe edition of The House At Pooh Corner is the perfect way to celebrate the enduring popularity of A. A. Milne's classic work and a stunning companion to the Winnie-the-Pooh 80th Anniversary Edition. The interior features the unabridged text and Ernest H. Shepard's charming illustrations in full color on cream-colored stock. It is an impressive package for new fans and collectors both. Three cheers for Pooh!


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101158944
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Series: Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 119,995
  • Age range: 9 years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Alexander Milne was born in London on January 18, 1882, the third and youngest son of a schoolmaster. At age eleven, he won a scholarship to the Westminster School. He went on to
attend Cambridge University and became the editor of the undergraduate paper, Granta. After graduating from Cambridge in 1903, Milne moved back to London with enough savings to live for one year. He was determined to become a writer. By 1906, he had been offered the
position of Assistant Editor at Punch, a classic British humor magazine. He remained at Punch for the next eight years.



In 1913, Milne married Dorothy de Selincourt (known as Daphne) and moved to a house in London's Chelsea section. When World War I broke out, he enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, eventually serving in France. During his training period, he wrote his first play, Wurzel-Flummery, which was produced in London in 1917.



By 1919, having completed one book and several plays, Milne finally achieved financial independence. His play, Mr. Pim Passes By, previously staged in London, was produced by the
Theatre Guild in New York City. It was as great a success there as it had been on the London stage. Milne was now well established as a witty and fashionable London playwright. In 1920, Christopher Robin Milne was born, an event that was to change the history of children's
literature. In 1923, during a rainy holiday in Wales, Milne began work on a collection of verses for children. The result was When We Were Very Young, published in 1924.



Demand for Milne's whimsical work was overwhelming, and in 1926, he duplicated his earlier success with the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh. The sequel, The House at Pooh Corner, followed in 1927. Now We Are Six, another charming collection of verse, followed one year later. It was through these four books, all illustrated by the wonderfully talented Ernest H. Shepard,
that Milne acquired a vast audience outside of the theater. In the years since their initial publication, interest in these books has grown and grown.



Milne continued to be a prolific essayist, novelist, and poet until his death in 1956.



copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Ernest H. Shepard was born in 1879 in London. His father was an architect and his mother who
died when he was ten years old was the daughter of a notable watercolorist. It was she who first
encouraged young Ernest to paint and draw. Art became Ernest's passion, and after attending
Heatherly's Art School and the Royal Acadamy Schools, Shepard supported himself by drawing
for the illustrated papers and by illustrating books.


In 1903, Shepard married Florence Chaplin. Florence was a mural painter and fellow student at
the Academy. The Shepards had two children: Graham, who was killed in World War II, and
Mary, who later illustrated Mary L. Travers Mary Poppins books.


When World War I broke out, Shepard served in France, Belgium, and Italy, attaining the rank of
Major. On his return to England, he continued with his art. He became a regular contributor to
Punch, the classic British humor magazine, where he met A. A. Milne, a man who was to be
instrumental to his career. Shepard was elected to the editorial board of Punch, and shortly
thereafter, he agreed to do the illustrations for Milne's first book of verse, When We Were Very
Young.


The illustrations that Shepard created for all four of the Pooh books received worldwide acclaim.
For the next thirty years, he continued to illustrate books for both adults and children. In 1973,
for the first time, he added color to his drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh. Shepard ultimately donated
several hundred drawings to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Ernest H. Shepard continued to pursue his love of drawing until his death in
1976.

copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.









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 30, 2005

    A Great book

    When i read this book i was enchanted by its wonderful words. A.A. Milne is a good childrens author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    Pooh's Great Adventures

    This story is great it has humor almost anything Pooh Bear says is funny! All the characters are great! You'll laugh you'll cry it's the feel good book of the year!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Beautiful Edition of a Children's Classic

    I bought this book to donate to a children's literacy program. I'm sure it will bring enjoyment for a long time. I would definitely recommend the book to parents, teachers, and librarians.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    Excellent kid reading

    We found another of these books in our childhood boxes. Our daughter is 5 and loved the idea of a "chapter" book. After she finished it, I found this one. She loves reading and I love that it is kid appropriate.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    We meet Kanga and Roo and Tigger for the first time.

    My mother read (and re-read) this book to me in my youth and I enjoyed it as much now as I did then. I am now seventy and I still laughed affectionately at Pooh and Piglet and all their friends and cried at the last chapter. What a marvelous, marvelous pair of books. I repeat: Winnie-the=Pooh is NOT a Disney creation and Shepard's illustrations are far more appealing than anything Disney has created. I just hope they have made Milne's heirs very wealthy. -B.E.Y

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    Excellent

    This fabulous cassette entertained my child on a nightmare 10-hour car journey last summer. It is beautifully characterised, funny and has all the charm of the original stories. Jane Horrocks is superb as Piglet, Judi Dench a wonderfully warm narrator and Geoffrey Palmer suitably sad as Eeyore. Beats the pants off the Disney versions. A must for all car journeys with kids.

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    Frank

    Ok sorry i had internet problems see you there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    I love winnie the pooh

    Hes so cute and fluffy and nice i grew up with with him and piglet and all of the other good guys

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    Posted November 6, 2012

    Love pohhbear

    I love him hes bin in my life since i was one now im ten

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    Noise, By Pooh

    On page 82 you'll find a poem 'Noise, By Pooh' It is the best part in the book. Read it to see for your self

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