What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is nothing to be concerned about here, and much to celebrate. Parents should also know that this is very different from the garish, noisy, and commercialized Disney versions of late, and that the reading and language levels are much higher than the Disney cartoons might indicate.
What's the story?
The gentle, humorous stories from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, and the poems from When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, are collected in one volume, unabridged and with the original illustrations of Ernest Shepard.
Is it any good?
For generations, A.A. Milne's four Pooh books -- two of prose stories, and two of poetry -- were the delight of children and adults, a treasure of English literature. The kindly wisdom depicted in the peaceful adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, and others, all overseen by the wise and thoughtful Christopher Robin, tickled the fancies and warmed the hearts of millions. But Disney's animated treatment convinced far too many that Pooh was only for very little children, and for many families the original books dropped off their radar.
But the originals are a delight at any age, wonderful as read-alouds, and a challenge for young readers. The poems, about "Bad King John" and "The King of Peru" and "The Knight Whose Armor Didn't Squeak," are some of the cleverest and wittiest poetry ever written for children. And all of it is perfectly matched in tone by Ernest Shepard's delicate line drawings. This edition combines all four books into one volume, which is fine for reading aloud but too heavy and bulky for small hands to handle on their own for long.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about making up stories about their toys. What adventures do you and your toys have? Kids and parents may want to write them down together and draw pictures to go with them. If kids have seen the TV show and movies, how are they different from this book?