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.

Winnie the Pooh - Story SnugAlong 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.

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 memories of reading the stories as a child, she wasn’t so enthralled by Mlly Molly Mandy’s adventures.

Author / Illustrator: Joyce Lankaster Brisley

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

26 thoughts on “Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne & Ernest Shepherd

  1. 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

  2. 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

    • 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.

  3. 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

    • 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.

  4. 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!

    • 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 🙂

  5. 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!

    • 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. 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!

    • 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.

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