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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Series: Winnie-The-Pooh Collection
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1ST edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525421603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525421603
  • ASIN: 0525421602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
It was eighty years ago, on the publication of The House at Pooh Corner, when Christopher Robin said good-bye to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Now they are all back in new adventures, for the first time approved by the Trustees of the Pooh Properties. This is a companion volume that truly captures the style of A. A. Milne-a worthy sequel to The House at Pooh Corner and Winnie-the-Pooh.

About the Author
David Benedictus produced the audio adaptations of Winnie-the-Pooh, starring Dame Judi Dench. He lives in London, England.

Mark Burgess has previously illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh and other classic children’s characters, including Paddington Bear. He lives in London, England.

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Christopher Robin returns from boarding school (80 years later) in this authorized but largely forgettable third volume of stories about Pooh, Piglet and the denizens of Milne's famous forest. Missing is the charm of the first book, mediated by an adult narrator creating a tableau for his child's imaginative play with a coterie of stuffed friends. Like the first books, there are 10 stories, but they are aged up to reflect Christopher's new interests—the play here involves a spelling bee, cricket, the creation of a school, the use of a thesaurus, atlas, dictionary, etc. A new character, Lottie the Otter, joins Rabbit and Owl to make a trio of the sanctimonious. Even saintly Kanga—Kanga!—loses her patience with Roo. There are a few inspired moments, including Rabbit's ill-conceived plan to lure his Friends and Relations to participate in a census using carrots and shortbread. (Rabbit also gets the best line: “Happy may be all very well, Eeyore, but it doesn't butter any parsnips.”) Burgess's illustrations are serviceable and resemble the originals, but, again, topping Shepard's originals proves a tough act to follow. All ages. (Oct.)
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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is for all ages and offers a charming set of stories based on A.A. Milne's magic world.
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The true point here isn't whether this book is "good" or "bad", but that it shouldn't have been written at all.
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94 of 107 people found the following review helpful By The Palliator on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One would think that an official Winnie-the-Pooh sequel, approved by the A.A. Milne estate, would be a respectful and authentic, if light, sequel to the original Winnie-the-Pooh books.
They would be wrong.
The first chapter is strong, with Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred Acre Wood in the summer break between sessions of boarding school. But Christopher Robin is not the same, and therein lies a major problem of the book. The charm of the earlier Pooh books was that they were so innocent, each chapter an escapist outing into a world that had no ties to the real one. But many of the stories in the book (including a Spelling Bee that is ultimately cancelled and an attempt to start a school)feel like overly mature invasions from outside of the Hundred Acre Wood that ruin the integrity of the book.
Speaking of an invader, a new chararcter, Lottie the Otter, is introduced. She is fine as a character (if overly predictable- haughty but forgetful), but she is not a really well-planned addition to the story, and the end result comes across as what she is- an addition to the Hundred Acre Wood by someone who certainly didn't write the first two books.
(The next paragraph describes the ending of the story, so skip to the next paragraph if you want to save it for yourself.)
In the end, Christopher Robin leaves at the end of the summer to go back to school. This could be a powerful ending where Christopher Robin says he will try to come back but isn't sure, but ends up in a "Mary Poppins" type situation, where the story ends by Pooh composing a poem wondering if Christopher Robin will come back.
The wording of the story is only slightly like the original story, and the poems fall flat.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mark Malamud on October 10, 2009
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I would have loved to love this book. Though I've always been content with the ending Milne gave us eighty years ago, I was curious to see how someone might try to pick up the story.

I'll be brief.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus is DREADFUL. Not only does it fail to capture the original spirit, but it tries to update the "maturity" of the narrative -- throwing in adolescent identifiers, like Royal Doulton and Bournemouth and Edinburgh Castle and "household management" and "thesaurus" -- as if to suggest the stories are being told to (or created by?) an older Christopher Robin. It doesn't work. Nor does each chapter's laundry list of character action, as if each animal in the forest were a prima donna movie star, counting lines and demanding a larger part in the story. Do nearly all the characters need to be in nearly all the stories? No. Do they need to speak so much? No. No, no, no. And as for Pooh's "hums" -- well, for anyone who ever loved H. Fraser-Simson's musical interpretations of Milne's poetry, I can only warn you that there is absolutely no lyrical magic to be found between the covers of this tome.

OK, now I can tell I'm just getting grouchy, and I said I'd be brief. So here it is: the sad truth is that this book is *incredibly* boring. Milne's short and sweet has been turned into long and wearisome. I found my eyes drooping as I turned each page.


(The illustrations by Mark Burgess aren't bad.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence M. Layden on December 16, 2009
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As an 82 year old granddfather I have read the original A. A. Milne Pooh stories to many children and grand children. I never liked what Disney did to Pooh so approached this attempt with some trepitation. It comes close to the Master's work but I'm afraid falls short. I call it over-whimsical or cutesy. The illustrations again come close to Sheppard's work but don't quite make it. The original works have that rare ability to appeal to both children and adults. This book may satisfy the kiddies and leave the parent disappointed as I was. But then I may underestimate the children.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on October 24, 2009
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I loved A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series when I was young. In fact, The House at Pooh Corner (Pooh Original Edition) was the first full-length book I ever read. The stories of a little boy who was actually playing with his toys and woodland animals in his imagination are certainly quite charming. That led on to my reading other books, and many of the childhood classics I enjoyed so have become treasured pieces in my library.

Many of the books I've loved have had sequels written since: Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition) has been followed with the film Hook and the book Peter Pan in Scarlet, The Chronicles of Narnia were followed by an ill-fated and largely forgotten book called The Giant Surprise: A Narnia Story, goodness knows how many people have written further adventures for Alice and the Wonderland and Looking-Glass characters, and similarly, there is a countless number of further adventures in the Land of Oz written after L. Frank Baum's death. Many of these books feel like poor imitations of the initial author's style.

When I discovered that the Milne estate had authorized a new Winnie-the-Pooh book, I was interested, though put off a bit.
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