The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner

The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner

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Overview

Lifelong devotees and new friends of the Bear of Very Little Brain will be glad to see all twenty of A. A. Milne's world-famous Winnie-the-Pooh stories brought together in one beautiful volume. Milne's prose and Ernest H. Shepard's drawings-including full-color art created especially for these editions-perfectly capture the feelings of childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525444473
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Series: Winnie-the-Pooh Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 487,492
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Alan Alexander Milne was born in London on January 18, 1882, the third and youngest son of a schoolmaster. At age eleven, he won a scholarship to the Westminster School. He went on toattend Cambridge University and became the editor of the undergraduate paper, Granta. After graduating from Cambridge in 1903, Milne moved back to London with enough savings to live for one year. He was determined to become a writer. By 1906, he had been offered theposition of Assistant Editor at Punch, a classic British humor magazine. He remained at Punch for the next eight years.

In 1913, Milne married Dorothy de Selincourt (known as Daphne) and moved to a house in London's Chelsea section. When World War I broke out, he enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, eventually serving in France. During his training period, he wrote his first play, Wurzel-Flummery, which was produced in London in 1917.

By 1919, having completed one book and several plays, Milne finally achieved financial independence. His play, Mr. Pim Passes By, previously staged in London, was produced by theTheatre Guild in New York City. It was as great a success there as it had been on the London stage. Milne was now well established as a witty and fashionable London playwright. In 1920, Christopher Robin Milne was born, an event that was to change the history of children'sliterature. In 1923, during a rainy holiday in Wales, Milne began work on a collection of verses for children. The result was When We Were Very Young, published in 1924.

Demand for Milne's whimsical work was overwhelming, and in 1926, he duplicated his earlier success with the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh. The sequel, The House at Pooh Corner, followed in 1927. Now We Are Six, another charming collection of verse, followed one year later. It was through these four books, all illustrated by the wonderfully talented Ernest H. Shepard,that Milne acquired a vast audience outside of the theater. In the years since their initial publication, interest in these books has grown and grown.

Milne continued to be a prolific essayist, novelist, and poet until his death in 1956.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Ernest H. Shepard was born in 1879 in London. His father was an architect and his mother whodied when he was ten years old was the daughter of a notable watercolorist. It was she who firstencouraged young Ernest to paint and draw. Art became Ernest's passion, and after attendingHeatherly's Art School and the Royal Acadamy Schools, Shepard supported himself by drawingfor the illustrated papers and by illustrating books.

In 1903, Shepard married Florence Chaplin. Florence was a mural painter and fellow student atthe Academy. The Shepards had two children: Graham, who was killed in World War II, andMary, who later illustrated Mary L. Travers Mary Poppins books.

When World War I broke out, Shepard served in France, Belgium, and Italy, attaining the rank ofMajor. On his return to England, he continued with his art. He became a regular contributor toPunch, the classic British humor magazine, where he met A. A. Milne, a man who was to beinstrumental to his career. Shepard was elected to the editorial board of Punch, and shortlythereafter, he agreed to do the illustrations for Milne's first book of verse, When We Were VeryYoung.

The illustrations that Shepard created for all four of the Pooh books received worldwide acclaim.For the next thirty years, he continued to illustrate books for both adults and children. In 1973,for the first time, he added color to his drawings for Winnie-the-Pooh. Shepard ultimately donatedseveral hundred drawings to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Ernest H. Shepard continued to pursue his love of drawing until his death in1976.copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Hometown:

Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England

Date of Birth:

January 18, 1882

Date of Death:

January 31, 1956

Place of Birth:

Hampstead, London

Place of Death:

Cotchford Farm, Sussex, England

Education:

Trinity College, Cambridge University (mathematics), 1903

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely for adults as well as for kids. I'm a teenager and I still read these stories! The setup is histerically clever. My dad read them to me when I was little kid, now I read them and I'm amazed at how I appreciate them so much more. I think that young kids can't appreciate these stories because of the cleverness of the setup. Pooh is a stuffed animal that thinks himself to be really dumb, but in reality he's fairly clever. Everyone else thinks themselves to be clever but in reality they are dumb. Christopher Robin is the only who knows how clever Pooh is. You can imagine the fun Mr. Milne can have with that plot! I highly recommend this book. It has given me pleasure for over eight years.
gillis.sarah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I didn't read any of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories until I was in high school. What was I thinking? Anyway, I'm glad I finally did read them, and I enjoyed them as much as a teenager as I think I would have as a small child. Pooh, Piglet, and the rest of the characters in these books are much wiser than many adults I know.
justineaylward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Winnie the Pooh is great because it is so very obviously for a kid. There is just no getting around it. It is absurd in such believable ways. My favorite is "A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore." I love the little song/poem the Pooh write to keep warm.
linda-irvine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For "little Linda" - a purchase I have read many times and never regretted.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This thick volume contains both Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, and contains pretty much all of the most famous stories. I'd been meaning to read this since my exposure to these tales had been limited to Disney's interpretation. Most of the characters were more or less the way I'd imagined, with the exception of Eeyore. In the book he's less mopey and gloomy than sarcastic and self-centered. To be honest, I think I like this snarky Eeyore better. The stories as a whole were fairly enjoyable, though the sad endings of each book (with a separate story just to say goodbye) got a little tiresome. Growing up really isn't this big horrible thing. Believe it or not, you are allowed to have an imagination as an adult. That said, I do understand why these tales are so beloved. They are charming and undeniably memorable.
annereid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still have my well-thumbed copy of this. It's not this cover, but when I tried to change to the cover I have, it came up in a foreign language.Love the characters created by A.A. Milne and it warms my heart to picture him telling Christopher Robin stories starring his favourite stuffed animals. What a Dad and what a classic children's book,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a childrens book I was disappointed in the lack of pictures/illustrations. It was set up more like a novel. There were only a few pages with pictures and they weren't even on a page with writing that a child could associate the picture with what was being read. It probably would not hold a young childs interest too long. Unfortunately, I returned it to our local store, but was pleased that the store accepted my return without problem.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the sort of book you should read if you want to know anything. It is for those who have prefer to do nothing but have a smackerel of something good to eat at elevenish and who like to sing to a new song they just made up that has a lot of tra tra lums in it. It is for those who visit friends just because they want to. It is a book that will make you feel good and laugh. It is a book you will want to share but once having done so you will wonder why it is taking so long to come back.