Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

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It was eighty years ago, on the publication of The House at Pooh Corner, when Christopher Robin said good-bye to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Now they are all back in new adventures, for the first time approved by the Trustees of the Pooh Properties. This is a companion volume that truly captures the style of A. A. Milne-a worthy sequel to The House at Pooh Corner and Winnie-the-Pooh....

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Overview

Visit our all-new Pooh website!

It was eighty years ago, on the publication of The House at Pooh Corner, when Christopher Robin said good-bye to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Now they are all back in new adventures, for the first time approved by the Trustees of the Pooh Properties. This is a companion volume that truly captures the style of A. A. Milne-a worthy sequel to The House at Pooh Corner and Winnie-the-Pooh.

Listen to award-winning narrator Jim Dale reading the Exposition to Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Also available from Penguin Audio.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Christopher Robin returns from boarding school (80 years later) in this authorized but largely forgettable third volume of stories about Pooh, Piglet and the denizens of Milne's famous forest. Missing is the charm of the first book, mediated by an adult narrator creating a tableau for his child's imaginative play with a coterie of stuffed friends. Like the first books, there are 10 stories, but they are aged up to reflect Christopher's new interests—the play here involves a spelling bee, cricket, the creation of a school, the use of a thesaurus, atlas, dictionary, etc. A new character, Lottie the Otter, joins Rabbit and Owl to make a trio of the sanctimonious. Even saintly Kanga—Kanga!—loses her patience with Roo. There are a few inspired moments, including Rabbit's ill-conceived plan to lure his Friends and Relations to participate in a census using carrots and shortbread. (Rabbit also gets the best line: “Happy may be all very well, Eeyore, but it doesn't butter any parsnips.”) Burgess's illustrations are serviceable and resemble the originals, but, again, topping Shepard's originals proves a tough act to follow. All ages. (Oct.)\
Booklist
[A] warm jumble of happy memories. It's both surprising and comforting that tales of such soft tenderness are still relevant.
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
A. A. Milne was a genius and his books are enduring classics; David Benedictus is not a genius and this book is not an enduring classic. It is hardly a criticism of Benedictus to point this out. This collection of new stories about Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and the other denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood manages to imitate some of the features of Milne's prose style and incorporate some of the features of the original texts: Pooh loves honey and composes hums, Eeyore is gloomy, Tigger is bouncy, and a new inhabitant shows up (Lottie the otter). Christopher Robin arrives home from school (on a bicycle!) for a poignant reunion and then heads back to school for a poignant departure. The various episodes are pleasant (especially the creation of a school in the forest with Eeyore as headmaster), but there is not one to rival Pooh stuck in Rabbit's door, Piglet's bath at Kanga's house, the search for the Heffalump, or Poohsticks—nor even to be mentioned in the same breath. Burgess's illustrations do somewhat better at recreating the spirit of Ernest Shepard—the book is an attractive and appealing volume, lovely to hold. The real question that needs to be asked is: why create such a book at all? Burgess gives a reasonable answer: because we want to believe that somewhere "a little boy and his Bear will always be playing." Those who feel that this is answer enough may be grateful for these stories. Others will not. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Eighty years after the publication of the original "Winnie the Pooh" stories, this authorized sequel returns readers to the familiar characters and locales. Christopher Robin, on holiday from school, rejoins Pooh, timid Piglet, bouncy Tigger, patient Kanga, and his other friends for a summer full of adventure. In 10 stories, the friends put on a spelling bee, conduct a census, search for disappearing bees, start a school, and host a harvest festival. During a drought, they also meet a new resident of the forest, Lottie, an otter who is both forgetful and obsessed with etiquette. Another chapter, which describes a cricket match, may be more challenging for American readers. Fans of Pooh will recognize many elements: Pooh's hums, the animals' creative spelling, Piglet's fear of Heffalumps, and the maps on the endpapers. What's different is Christopher Robin; a year older, he seems less innocent, more in the role of an older sibling than a playmate. In addition, most members of the large cast of characters appear in each chapter, which feels a bit overwhelming. The writing is warm and humorous, though it doesn't quite match the charm and whimsy of the originals. Burgess's watercolor illustrations, on the other hand, are quite reminiscent of Shepard's. Pooh purists may find fault, but the book will likely be popular with many young readers and their parents.—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
The Barnes & Noble Review
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is an "authorized" sequel to The House at Pooh Corner, written under the imprimatur of A. A. Milne's estate. All the familiar characters reappear, little changed. Indeed, they are confined to previously established traits and habits -- Piglet's nose blushes, Pooh sits on someone inadvertently, and so on, much as before. But the surrogate author, David Benedictus, is wise not to develop these beloved figures. Instead, he introduces a new face, a bumptious otter called Lottie, who keeps the narrative rolling. Christopher Robin is a little older, and events are proportionately more grown up. He organizes a spelling bee, a cricket match, and a harvest festival. In terms of charm, these goings-on can't compete with a game of Pooh sticks. But what could?

The illustrations are attractive, if a bit pallid compared with E. H. Shepherd's drawings. Still, child fans should be pleased. It's the adults who risk disappointment. Older readers encountered Pooh as children. For them the stories are layered in sentiment: from their childhood, from their children's reading, and from the ghostly presence of the real Christopher Robin, for whom the first stories were written. Milne understood the special power of a lost childhood's artifacts. At the end of The House at Pooh Corner, Christopher Robin explains to an uncomprehending Pooh that every boy will one day forget his cherished bear, but their friendship is nonetheless real and precious. It's a poignant moment, touching on the unfathomable divide between childhood and the adult world -- a distance Milne's stories can almost bridge. Adults will sneer at a new addition to the Pooh canon. On their terms, they're right to. But that's no reason kids shouldn't enjoy Return to the Hundred Acre Wood. --Mark T. Martin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525421603
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 394,272
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

David Benedictus produced the audio adaptations of Winnie-the-Pooh, starring Dame Judi Dench. He lives in London, England.

Mark Burgess has previously illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh and other classic children's characters, including Paddington Bear. He lives in London, England.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Excellent! It's a worthy sequel to Milne's original works and the author should think of creating more sequels. It's charming for all ages.

    It was well written and age appropriate for all ages. I would recommend this book to parents and it is a great read aloud. It's a worthy sequel to A. Milne's original works and hope there are more to come.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    POOH Returns

    Awesome! The return of an old best friend. READ AND ENJOY ONCE AGAIN!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Never Forgot You.

    *Delightful.
    *Engaging.
    *Wonderful color illustrations.
    *Winnie-the-Pooh followers will sure to be fascinated with the new adventures.
    *Great for read-aloud-time for youth.
    *Join Winnie-the-Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Christopher Robin, and the other characters of the hundred acre wood for a fanciful romp in the forest.
    *Go see the new movie coming out on July 15, 2011 with Winnie-the-Pooh.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Excellent for all ages

    I recommend this for any age. I enjoyed reading this. It reminded me of the stories I read to my children and grandchildren. My 15 year old grand-daughter is now reading it and sharing it with her friends in high school. It was so like the original story that it brought back many memories to me.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    It is Pooh What More needs to be said!!!!!!!

    A wonderful book and a great follow up. The children will love it as I have.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Pooh Pooh

    Pooh is supposed to be a bear and tigger is supposed to be a tiger.realy?pooh sounds like poo and tiger sounds like niger.any relationships?and they called him poo bear.honestly this has gotten way to far.and piglet?yes he is adorable.as adorable as a slug i should say.you guys are creeping me out.if you realy like poo then stick your finger up your ass.if you people out there havent noticed that fact yet then here it is.i would rate this book a big fat 0 but i have to give it at least a1(stupid and dumb.people should be allowed to add there #).

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    Posted March 5, 2012

    Ilo I loveti I lovePOo I love POOH

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