The Te of Piglet

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The Te of Piglet . . . in which a good deal of Taoist wisdom is revealed through the character and actions of A. A. Milne's Piglet. Piglet? Yes, Piglet. For the better than impulsive Tigger? or the gloomy Eeyore? or the intellectual Owl? or even the lovable Pooh? Piglet herein demonstrates a very important principle of Taoism: The Te—a Chinese word meaning Virtue—of the Small.

The author and the characters from the Pooh books engage in dialogue elucidating the ...

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Overview

The Te of Piglet . . . in which a good deal of Taoist wisdom is revealed through the character and actions of A. A. Milne's Piglet. Piglet? Yes, Piglet. For the better than impulsive Tigger? or the gloomy Eeyore? or the intellectual Owl? or even the lovable Pooh? Piglet herein demonstrates a very important principle of Taoism: The Te—a Chinese word meaning Virtue—of the Small.

The author and the characters from the Pooh books engage in dialogue elucidating the Taoist principle of Te, the Way of the Small.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Hoff's bestselling The Tao of Pooh , this more topical and sobering sequel uses characters from A. A. Milne's children's classics to illustrate the Taoist philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Piglet shows the Way, turning his smallness into an asset and embodying Te (pronounced deh ), the Chinese word for virtue. Illustrated with drawings from the original Pooh books and quoting liberally from them, this forceful New Age sermon condemns the rape of the environment, unsafe, unnecessary nuclear power plants, the bloated military budget, computers in the classroom, giant corporations, jingoist support for the Persian Gulf war and a succession of ``self-centered, ignoramus Conservative'' presidents. Hoff's tired attacks on the ``Negative News Media'' and on ``Eeyore Amazons'' who ``call themselves feminists but . . . don't like femininity'' weaken his presentation, but on the whole, his Taoist manifesto distills ageless personal and political wisdom, relaying an ecological message we ignore at our peril. (Sept.)
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In this wonderful sequel to The Tao of Pooh, the author explores the Te (Virtue) of the Small--a principle embodied perfectly in Piglet, A.A. Milne's Very Small Animal who proved to be so Useful after all. Features dialogue between author & Milne characters. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140230161
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 177,403
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon—at the opposite end of the valley in which Opal Whiteley wrote her diary. As a child, he, like Opal, preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. From an early age, he, too, loved to write. He is tha author of the bestselling The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet.

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Table of Contents

What? Another One? 1
Interjection 7
The - What Was That Again? - of Piglet 11
Very Small Animal 25
The Eeyore Effect 53
The Tigger Tendency 83
Things as They Might Be 107
Things as They Are 143
The Upright Heart 181
The Day of Piglet 213
Farewell 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    not as good as Tao of Pooh

    Whereas the Tao of Pooh was an inspired attempt to bring Taoism to the masses via the timeless stories of Winnie the Pooh, the Te of Piglet fails to live up to its predesessor. The author spends more time complaining about modern Western culture and society, and far less time illustrating Taoist principles. I was looking forward to reading this after the Tao of Pooh, but I have to admit that I didn't enjoy it as well. There are still some interesting parts, but I can't give this book a high recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Taoist Philosophy or Political Rant?

    I adore the work 'The Tao of Pooh'. I abhorred the sequel. I finished reading it not more than five minutes ago and was sorely disappointed. The author cites many bits of information that prove useful to a political diatribe without a single source reference for the reader. Te opines that the Kennedy Administration of the 1960s and the current (1990s) Chinese government were `enlightened¿ while `Conservatives¿ exist simply to trash the planet and kill each other while wrapped in the American Flag. Of all my readings and research of Taoism I have yet to encounter a work so poorly misguided in its application of fundamental principles of the Tao. This work should be classified under `Political Science¿, not under `Philosophy.¿ One word summary: sad.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    This is a book for young and old alike... all will gain something from reading through the book.

    The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff comes ten years after The Tao of Pooh

    What a clever idea of using a children classic like AA Milne's Piglet 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 Te of Piglet does so through the showcasing of piglet 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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2009

    fun to read and apply to your life and freinds

    I liked it better than the Tao of Pooh. Seemed to have more useful information.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    Great for readers interested in Taoism, not necessarily for Pooh & Friends fans who don't care about Taoism.

    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 & Friends 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 Tao of Pooh.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    Great for readers interested in Taoism, not necessarily for Pooh & Friends fans who don't care about Taoism.

    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 Tao of Pooh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    Read before Nov. 2

    This is recommended reading for both U.S. presidential candidates, especially the guy up for re-election (and his supporters). One reviewer complained that this was an overly political book, but I found Hoff made a lot of sense when he criticized those who forget they're caretakers of the earth and people who are less fortunate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2001

    Te of Piglet

    Early part of the book is the best. Does not capture the spirit of the Tao of Pooh. In the last third of the Te of Piglet the author is yelling about all things that displease him. Would have been better if he had concentrated on explaining the way rather than politics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Piglets lives Virtue and Power...

    Humble Piglet afraid of, well, everything. Yet went his braveness is required he'll just go for it! A heart warming, and awakening book to the fact that we are all small. But we all in some way exhibit the Te... Our Virtues and Power.

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