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The Tao of Pooh
     

The Tao of Pooh

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by Benjamin Hoff, Simon Vance (Narrated by)
 

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Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain Way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear. In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff shows that Pooh's Way is amazingly consistent with the principles of living envisioned by the Chinese founders of Taoism. The author's explanation of Taoism through Pooh, and Pooh through Taoism, shows that this is not

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Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain Way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear. In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff shows that Pooh's Way is amazingly consistent with the principles of living envisioned by the Chinese founders of Taoism. The author's explanation of Taoism through Pooh, and Pooh through Taoism, shows that this is not simply an ancient and remote philosophy but something you can use, here and now.And what is Taoism? It's really very simple. It calls for living without preconceived ideas about how life should be lived-but it's not a preconception of how life-it's.... Well, you'd do better to listen to this book, and listen to Pooh, if you really want to find out.

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"Vance demonstrates his great range, shifting easily from didactic sections of the book to fictional narrative and imbuing Milne's characters with distinct voices. . . . This audio edition, due in large part to Vance's performance, is surprisingly engaging and accessible." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review
Library Journal
Author/narrator Hoff calls Winnie the Pooh a ``Western Taoist'' and uses the unassuming bear to introduce Eastern philosophical principles. Pooh epitomizes the ``uncarved block,'' as he is well in tune with his natural inner self. Pooh enjoys simple pleasures and the daily progress of life. Hoff contrasts this unpretentiousness to other characters created by Winnie - the - Pooh author A.A. Milne, including Owl, whom he describes as a ``mind that tries too hard,'' and Eeyore, the eternal pessimist. In a clear and crisp voice, Hoff explains the central tenets of Taoism and further illustrates them with familiar excerpts from The House at Pooh Corner stories (1923), Chinese proverbs, maxims, and tales from Lao Tzu and others. The result is at once thought-provoking and charming. This is a small literary event that will leave all who experience it a little more serene. For most collections.-- Jeanne P. Leader, Western Nebraska Community Coll. Lib., Scotts bluff
Publishers Weekly - Audio
Hoff’s classic introduction to religion places A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh characters in fictional scenarios to explore the ideas behind Taoism, bringing Western familiarity to an Eastern philosophy that might seem, at a cursory glance, a bit difficult to grasp. Hoff draws clear parallels between Milne’s characters and the central tenants of Taoism. For instance, he describes how “the Eeyore attitude gets in the way of wisdom and happiness and prevents any sort of real accomplishment in life.” Narrator Simon Vance demonstrates his great range, shifting easily from didactic sections of the book to fictional narrative and imbuing Milne’s characters with distinct voices. His Pooh captures the essence of the famous bear, and Vance deftly juggles multiple characters and dialogue with ease. This audio edition, due in large part to Vance’s performance, is surprisingly engaging and accessible. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452656175
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
01/23/2012
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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From the Publisher
"Vance demonstrates his great range, shifting easily from didactic sections of the book to fictional narrative and imbuing Milne's characters with distinct voices. . . . This audio edition, due in large part to Vance's performance, is surprisingly engaging and accessible." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review

Meet the Author

Benjamin Hoff is an Oregon writer, photographer, musician, and composer and the author of The Te of Piglet.

Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned five coveted Audie Awards, and he has won over twenty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named him a Golden Voice.

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The Tao of Pooh 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Brandon_Eroles More than 1 year ago
"The Tao of Pooh" combines the philosophy of Taoism with the characters of Winnie the Pooh. Here, these ideas of Taoism are better illustrated then said and thus, Hoff explores and illustrates these ideas through the characters of the Hundred Acre Woods. Several notions analyzed and discussed include: simple mindedness, nowhere and nothing, and the negative effects of being too busy, too calculative, too complicated, too pessimistic, and ultimately anything "other" than what you actually are. Here, Taoism notes that we shouldn't try to be anything other than what we are and to accomplish this; we simply need to be ourselves, just as Pooh "is." Thus, it was a quick and satisfying read. Although lengthwise it is short, it may surprise you with its depth, complexity, and strong messages. Personally, the principles of Wu Wei and the other teachings presented in the "Tao of Pooh" will make you want to change many our own lifestyle choices. I would recommended this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach sixth grade social studies and one unit I teach is ancient China. When we talk about the different religions/belief systems in ancient China, I use this book to help students understand Toaism. They really understand it better when I read excerpts from this book.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff What a clever idea of using a children's classic like Winnie the Pooh to explain the basic principles of Taoism. The book does an outstanding job. I laughed out loud several times over the experiences the characters. If you'd like a quick dissertation of different philosophical views and personality styles, The Tao of Pooh does so through the showcasing of Pooh and his friends. This is a book for young and old alike... all will gain something from reading through the book. I'm surprised the religious right is not boycotting it!!!!
Bambi728 More than 1 year ago
It's a wonderful little book that I bring everywhere. Pooh is expressed in his usual humble fashion... a bear of very little brains, but that is his advantage. He lives for the moment... in the moment. Benjamin Hoff is excellent at explaining the Taoist viewpoint in an easy to read and enjoyable light. I have learned so much from this book and would highly recommend it to anyone searching for answers all the time. It's a combination of familiarity with the relatively unfamiliar terminology of Taoism. Full of wit and good humor!
ProfessionalBookNerd More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book about Taoist philosophy. If I picked up this book thinking it was going to be a cute little Pooh book, I would be confused and disappointed. But for the reader interested in Taoism, this is a very entertaining, insightful, refreshing take on the philosophy. Same goes for Te of Piglet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good day. This book is a life changer. Putting people in my life as a character in the world of Pooh has helped me understand them and myself better. A true find for the journey of life. TTFN.....
psj More than 1 year ago
I first read his book in the early nineties and it had a profound effect on me. And I have reread it several times since (refresher courses). I was once an Eeyore and after reading this I was able to stop complaining so much and notice the wonderful things around me. I have lent out this book to several people over the years who also needed to read it. It is a great way to see the world. I can handle the tough times better and take the time to notice all those simple yet wonderful things in my life.
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