Here is the classic of all the classic children’s stories, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. For decades children have been reading A.A. Milne’s tales about Edward Bear, more commonly know as Winnie-the-Pooh. These stories illustrating this simple minded yet loving bear are heartwarming and adults and children alike can learn a thing or two from Pooh.
Milne’s masterpiece doesn’t just involve a bear of very little brains, but his best friend Christopher Robin and many other animals in the Hundred Acre Wood. Shy little Piglet, melancholy Eeyore, wise Owl, energetic Tigger, the always serious Rabbit, and caring Kanga with tiny Roo all play their part in the adventures and events that take place. Whether Pooh is trying to find a new tail for Eeyore or procure some honey from the bees by pretending to be a little black rain-cloud with a balloon, his valiant efforts and good intentions are sure to charm everyone. Being a bear of very little brains, his ideas and reasoning are humorous yet thought provoking, delving into the mind of a child. A little moral or value can be found in every tale, most often about how one should be kind to all and the importance of friendship.
Not only are Milne’s stories absolutely splendid, but the style is one of a kind. It is simple, charming, and witty all at once. Many of the tales are told from Pooh’s perspective, making seemingly complex topics like love and friendship incredibly understandable and relate-able to a child.
However, A.A. Milne’s writing would not be complete without the illustrations of E.H. Shepard. His unique style has created recognizable masterpieces of his own. The delightful illustrations capture the heart and soul of each character, from Eeyore to Roo, and engage the reader in their charm. They match the stories perfectly and one would not be complete without the other.
For 88 years The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh have been read and cherished by children. With Pooh as the endearing protagonist along with all his friends, these tales will continue to bring smiles to faces and be classics for generations to come.
review by Reagan Anderson