Deep in the hundred acre wood

 Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne (1926)

I’m taking Children’s Lit this semester, and this was on deck for our “Classics” week. And let me tell you, the edition I have is a classic. It’s so classic, the inscription on the inside cover, directly over “Kanga’s House” and a place “Nice for Piknicks”, reads “Jeannie Jipson FL2-6545”. Yep. My mom’s childhood phone number. Back when numbers started with letters. What a silly system.

Between the covers (held together by two pieces of scotch tape) is a delightful collection of the silliest stories about the Bear and his pals, namely Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Christopher Robin (note: Tigger doesn’t come around until The House at Pooh Corner, which–by the way– I have internally memorized due to countless repeats of my House at Pooh Corner audio tape).  This book has charm, mostly because of the innocent misunderstandings of its characters and Pooh’s ridiculous song-writing capabilities.

Tra-la-la, tra-la-la, rum-tum-tiddle-um-tum. 

Read this to your kiddos, friends, and you’ll be giggling right along with them.

2.5 stars

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