Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525421603
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/05/2009
Series: Winnie-The-Pooh Collection
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 334,681
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.93(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About 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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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
MommyTopicsdotcom More than 1 year ago
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! To read more like th
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
PixieGirl More than 1 year ago
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!
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pleasant enough, but there's no spark. And the new character, Lottie the Otter, is supremely annoying. Especially since it means that the only girl (Kanga is a mom, not a playmate) is vain, bossy, and full of herself.Don't bother with this; read the original two again instead.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 8yr old and i have always loved Pooh bear but i like the stories in this book but i did not like they way they were written.. it felt like i was stumbling over some parts just because of the way it was written
Shmuel510 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The House at Pooh Corner ends with Christopher Robin outgrowing his stuffed animals. How to write a sequel? The best solution might have been to set the new tales during the period covered by the first two book. Still, that does prevent one from having anything major happen, and it's perhaps not the most satisfying choice.Instead, Benedictus opts for a stay of execution: the original ending is redefined as Christopher Robin going away to boarding school, but he comes back at the end of the term. Once this is gotten out of the way in the first story, he's free to get on with a collection of new tales.And they're not bad. I don't think they're quite up to Milne's standard, but few things are. The characters generally behave as we'd expect them to, and the new character, Lottie the Otter, fits organically into the Hundred Acre Wood. This is a respectable effort from somebody who honors the integrity of the original books, and I don't really have any problems with its inclusion in the canon. (To the extent that it is. And the disarming introduction, in which Eeyore predicts that the new writer will get everything wrong, helps in that regard.)
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i was surprised and delighted.
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Spacecadet14 More than 1 year ago
Awesome! The return of an old best friend. READ AND ENJOY ONCE AGAIN!
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*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.
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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.
raeswords More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book and a great follow up. The children will love it as I have.
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