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Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne & Ernest Shepherd

I read Winnie the Pooh as a child and my daughter now has her own copy. I wasn’t sure whether she would be too young for the stories but she loves them and we often read several in one sitting.

The ten individual stories include an expedition to the North Pole, Eeyore’s birthday, Christopher Robin holding a party in Pooh’s honour after he daringly helps to rescue Piglet from his flooded house, Pooh and Piglet looking for a Heffalump and Pooh getting stuck in Rabbit’s house after eating too much honey.

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet are such an amusing double act although some of their conversations can be quite difficult to keep up with! My daughter doesn’t understand all of the humour or a lot of Owl’s vocabulary (which makes me laugh especially in the story where Piglet is rescued from the flood). Eeyore’s rambling, philosophical thoughts are also quite difficult for her to understand but she likes the story about Eeyore losing his tail. Her favourite story is when Piglet and Pooh try to catch a Woozle and she was quite disappointed when Pooh and Piglet didn’t meet a Heffalump. She loves the made up words and we also find Pooh’s songs funny.

Along with Pooh and Piglet we are introduced to Christopher Robin, Eeyore the donkey, Owl, Rabbit (and her numerous relatives!), Kanga and baby Roo. My daughter asked where Tigger was but he is first introduced in House at Pooh Corner. The characters are all beautifully illustrated by Ernest Shepherd and my daughter pores over the colourful pictures as I read.

Winnie the Pooh is, as the cover of the book says, ‘The Bear For All Ages’. Children enjoy the gentleness of the stories while adults appreciate the humour. We’ll be looking out for a copy of The House at Pooh Corner next so that we can continue reading about the adventures of Pooh and his friends in Hundred Acre Wood.

Age Range: 5+

Author: Alan Alexander Milne / Illustrator: Ernest Shepherd

Winnie the Pooh is the first book that we have read as part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.

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I also read The Milly Molly Mandy Storybook. I love the stories of Milly Molly Mandy’s idyllic life in a thatched cottage with her extended family. It brings back memories of the days when shops shut for lunch, children spent hours outdoors and many people didn’t have a phone or a television. I read a couple of stories to my daughter but she didn’t want to read further. I think that my enjoyment came from my childhood memories, she wasn’t so enthralled by Milly Molly Mandy’s adventures.

Author: Joyce Lankaster Brisley / Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy

Do you have a favourite childhood classic storybook? We would love to hear about it in the comments.

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26 responses to “Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne & Ernest Shepherd”

  1. AJ Irving avatar

    Gotta love the classics! Winnie the Pooh will always be one of my favorites. It’s a pleasure to connect with you on the Kid Lit Blog Hop :).

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks AJ. I have read Winnie the Pooh countless times and always enjoy it 🙂

  2. Kim Carberry avatar

    Wonderful book! Winnie the Pooh is timeless isn’t it and all children love him and all his friends x

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re such simple but imaginative stories with really likeable characters 🙂

  3. Dorothea Jensen avatar

    I have had such a great time reading Winnie the Pooh to my grandsons. It is doubly delightful when they understand the humor (or humour, depending) for the first time. I’m afraid most of that was flattened by Disney!

    1. Catherine avatar

      The humour is the best part of Winnie the Pooh, that’s what’s so great about the stories. Children don’t need to understand the humour to love the stories but it’s great when they understand the humour later.

  4. The Reading Residence avatar

    Oh, I do love Winnie the Pooh! Brings back lovely childhood memories, and now my 5 yo has her own Pooh stories, too 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely to share your childhood favourites with your own children isn’t it 🙂

  5. Kelly @RaisingSamuels avatar

    Hi, visiting from Kid Lit Blog Hop! My youngest son loves Winnie the Pooh! Some of the classics we like are “Where the Wild Things Are” and lately, anything written by Julia Donaldson! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Julia Donaldson has written some great books. I’ve not read ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ with my daughter, that’s one classic that I’ve never owned a copy of!

  6. Katie @ The Logonauts avatar

    This is such a great choice for a classic story! I just bought the full set of these books for my new nephew and cannot wait until he is old enough to share them. You have me intrigued about the classics challenge too. Thanks for linking up with #KidLitBlogHop!

    1. Catherine avatar

      The Classics Challenge is a great way for me to revisit classics from my childhood and discover new ones with my daughter too. It’s only just the beginning of February, not too late too take part 🙂

  7. Single Mother Ahoy avatar

    I absolutely love the Winnie the Pooh stories!
    Did you know that Christopher Robin Milne’s Winnie the Pooh looked completely different from the one we all see these days? When the original illustrator went to draw him, he used his own son’s bear as a model – and then when Disney got involved, he was given the red t shirt.
    Thanks for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    1. Catherine avatar

      I had no idea that Winnie the Pooh was based on the illustrator’s bear, interesting to know. Thank you! I did know about the Disney Pooh and don’t really like his red jumper.

  8. sarah - let them be small avatar

    I loved Winnie the Pooh as a child. My son sleeps with a tigger teddy but hasn’t shown much interest in reading the story yet, but I hope he will as he gets a little older

    1. Catherine avatar

      I couldn’t wait to read Winnie the Pooh to my daughter, she’s just old enough for them now and I’m sure that we’ll read them again!

  9. Natasha Mairs avatar

    Love winnie the pooh stories! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I have several versions of the Winnie the Pooh stories 🙂

  10. chantelle hazelden avatar

    I absolutely adore Winnie the Pooh, I have this collection both an old and new copy which I read with my children. thanks for sharing with #readwithme x

    1. Catherine avatar

      I have my old copy that I read to my daughter before she was born, now she has her own copy too. I think it’s lovely for a child to have their own copy of a classic story.

  11. Jess @ Catch A Single Thought avatar

    I love Winnie the Pooh stories, they were my favourite as a child. I ought to introduce them to my eldest as I think she would really enjoy them. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re lovely aren’t they. It’s really great when you can share childhood favourites with your own children.

  12. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows avatar

    I love Winnie the Pooh. We have a few books but the two eldest (3 and 2) haven’t paid much attention to them yet. I think at the moment, they’re not quite ‘colourful’ enough to catch their attention – Winnie the Pooh books and their illustrations are something I think you appreciate as you get older because they are so classic. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      The Winnie the Pooh stories appeal to adults as well as children. I love the original Ernest Shepherd illustrations but don’t like the Disney ones.

  13. Mel @mydaysni avatar

    Santa bought Winnie the Pooh, for my little boy this year. He will be five in May. To be honest, the stories are a little to long for him just yet. Not enough pictures I guess, for the text. Much to my disappointment it looks like it will have to wait a while longer! #pocolo

    1. Catherine avatar

      Some of the text and dialogue is difficult for my daughter to understand so I think you’re write. I’m sure he’ll love the stories one day 🙂