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-Mary Wortley Montagu
The Original Classic
4 Stars | Middle Grade / Juvenile | Fiction
I received this book when I was a teen since I loved Winnie-the-Pooh and bears in general but didn’t appreciate the humor and the way the characters were written until I read it to my kids.
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh is a combination of two books, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ and ‘The House at Pooh Corner’, with ten stories in each one. Some of these you are more familiar with because of the movies, tv shows and book adaptations and others will be ‘new’ to the reader.
My daughter loved reading aloud the songs that the bear of very little brain, Winnie-the-Pooh, would make up during most of the stories and I especially enjoyed Eeyore and his pessimistic, sardonic, rather cynical conversations and laughed out loud at something he said, or a situation Pooh Bear had gotten himself into. The situation in the story ‘In Which We are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees’ was visually just hilarious to me that I couldn’t help bursting into a fit of laughter when reading it and the dry, sarcastic replies of Eeyore in the story ‘In Which It Is Shown that Tiggers Don’t Climb Trees’ was priceless and again I couldn’t contain myself. Just to name a couple.
It is worth noting that Eeyore isn’t as depressed as the adaptations depict him to be, especially the one that says that even though Eeyore is essentially clinically depressed that no one tries to change him, they accept him for who he is; well…that’s not entirely true. Yes, they accept him for who he is, but if you read the original stories, he’s just cynical and pessimistic like I stated above, except one story – In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents, where he is rather gloomy, but most people would be considering the circumstances. Which is why his character is so loveable, at least to me.
I will admit that one point in the book made me get choked up and cry a little and my kids had to read that part because it was sad to me. It just reminded me of Toy Story 3 when you cry over the potential demise of all the toys you connected with in the previous movies and Andy saying goodbye. Yeah, like that.
Now, even though I thoroughly enjoyed these stories with my kiddos and there were only a couple noted mechanical mistakes, there were some sections, even though written in the usual style of the author just didn’t make sense at all and I wasn’t able to even interpret what he meant. We would just read it, then look at each other with confused expressions and move on with the story since it didn’t really affect the rest of the tale.
All-in-all we loved this book and are glad that we read it, and I love having this classic in my library to continue sharing with others.
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