>A.A. Milne – Winnie-the-Pooh

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My Children’s literature textbook has trouble categorizing Winnie-the-Pooh; is it a toy fantasy or an animal fantasy?  I’ll make it easy and simply call it a classic.  Children’s classic that is.

Pooh, a stuffed bear, has many adventures with his friends a pig, a donkey, a kangaroo, a rabbit, and an owl.  Some of the adventures are rather hilarious such as Pooh getting stuck in a doorway because he is too fat and has to wait a week, when he loses some weight, before he can get out.

Winnie-the-Pooh is the perfect book to introduce young readers to chapter novels.  The book is made up of several chapters, but each chapter stands alone as a short story so the reader can still feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing a chapter.

One thing I didn’t like about Winnie-the-Pooh was the first chapter/short story.  It was a story that Pooh was telling his owner, Christopher Robins, so instead of using Christopher’s name, Pooh uses the pronoun “you”.  To made matters worse, Christopher would keep interrupting Pooh with questions so the “you” sometimes referred to Pooh and other times referred to Christopher.  The rest of the book was still Pooh telling Christopher stories, something we don’t find out until the end of the book, but this problem of pronoun usage was fixed; after chapter one, Christopher Robins was referred to as Christopher Robins.

Good book.  Very good book.

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