The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh

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The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, Ernest H. Shepard

For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet.

Happy 90th birthday (10/14/16), to one of the world's most beloved icons of literature, Winnie-the-Pooh! 

The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese—or a venerable philosopher—but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140067477
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1983
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 14,149
Product dimensions: 7.24(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)

About the Author

Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon. As a child, he preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. And from an early age he loved to write. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling The Te of Piglet and The Diary of Opal Whiteley.

Table of Contents

The Tao of Pooh Foreword
The How of Pooh?
The Tao of Who?
Spelling Tuesday
Cottleston Pie
The Pooh Way
Busy Backson
That Sort of Bear
Nowhere and Nothing
The Now of Pooh
Backword

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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

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The Tao of Pooh 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 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.
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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