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The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner Hardcover – October 14, 2010
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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.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
But I don't do Nothing anymore. Well, not so much. They don't let you. Now my life more often resembles going around and around the tree looking vainly for Woozles, or going bump, bump, bump down the stairs, thinking that there must be a better way, if only I could stop bumping long enough to think of it. Reading Pooh is how I stop bumping.
I need to be reminded that spelling isn't everything - that there are some days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count.
Pooh and Piglet are wondering where you've been. Eeyore told them that you're not coming back. "They've forgotten," said Eeyore. "Typical," said Eeyore. "How Like Them," he said.
But you can come back, you know. You can find a Thoughtful Spot, or join an Expotition to find the North Pole, or drop stick off a bridge.
Because the Forest will always be there, and anyone who is Friendly with Bears can find it.
This volume brings together the two classics, Winnie-The-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, originally published in 1926 and 1928, and classics they really are. It is understandable that in later life Christopher Robin Milne resented the use his father made of him and his favorite toys for these stories, for the joke is sometimes on CR's childhood naivety and initially faulty but gradually improving spelling, and the picture of him at around the age of six is very intimate. However, positioned a little further away from the father-son relationship, we can thoroughly enjoy the real work of craftsmanship that the stories represent, and appreciate the love that went into them; love not only for Christopher Robin, but it would seem also for A A Milne's own childhood experience.
Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the other animals populating The Forest epitomize various characters and attitudes frequently encountered in English middle class life, then and now. Pooh, a dear soul readily persuaded of his lack of intellectual power, and the physically inconsequential and timid Piglet are placed alongside Owl, much given to over-estimating, or at least over-advertising, his own learning, and Rabbit, who sees himself as having a talent and a duty to get other people organized. Eeyore largely keeps himself to himself, and meets unavoidable social encounters with exaggerated pessimism. When newcomers Kanga, with infant Roo, and Tigger are added to the mix, they are initially met with prejudice.Read more ›
The World of Pooh is a very good book. It is the original, classic, A. A. Milne Pooh, and a lot of it. Timeless & simple, it is a must for young & old. The red-shirt-free, non-Disney, classic Pooh books by A. A. Milne are old, but to this very day satisfy young children. That's the magic about it.
Why is the classic Pooh better than the Disney Pooh? Well, there are plenty of reasons.
First of all, the characters are better. They are not exaggerated like Disney's. They are kinder yet still quite funny. They are really more charming and really better. As some would say, they have higher quality.
Second, A. A. Milne's stories are timeless. You'd think a kid wouldn't care, but seriously. They satisfy generation after generation and don't change over time. (And I'm not talking about the change of the cover and binding and amount of wear & tear!) Look at the changes of Disney's Pooh. First classic animation, then puppets, then CGI. As the world changes, so does Disney Pooh. But A. A. Milne's classics are timeless and can be loved age to age. They're Grandpappy approved! XD
The World of Pooh gathers many Pooh classic stories and puts them in one book. I have a young cousin & his parents have introduced him to A. A. Milne's Pooh and aren't sure they will show him Disney. Good for them! These stories are better. If you have a youngster, I recommend you do the same. You can get The World of Pooh for pretty cheap nowadays, so why not? Also check out A. A. Milne's poem books, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. You'll love 'em, too! Signed, StoryMaker. "Gotta trust the kid's review!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the book because it stated that the illustrations are in color. Only the jacket had colored illustrations.Published 3 months ago by Cynthia Townley
No review is needed... Disney, step aside for the genius of A. A. Milne.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice collection of Winnie the Pooh stories. Gave it as a gift to my young niece.Published 4 months ago by CAD
A fun read and very enjoyable. I bought this to read to my grand-daughter.Published 4 months ago by arizonaranchman
What isn good about Pooh for your kids. I purchased for DIL to read to baby in her womb. Would make this grandma happyPublished 4 months ago by Kathy L. Hickman
We read this every night before bed and it has quickly become her favorite. Would recommend this to anyone and everyone. It's been prefect for us with a 18 month old.Published 4 months ago by Dave G
What can you say about Edward Bear that hasn't already been said? I give this to every High School or College graduate along with Beethoven's 9th. Read morePublished 8 months ago by G. William III