Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

winnie-the-pooh-1Fiction — eBook. Penguin, 2009. Originally published 1926. 160 pgs. Free download.

Although Milne’s collection of short stories about a silly old bear named Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods is considered a classic children’s tale, I’ve never actually read the original stories. My introduction to Winnie-the-Pooh was through the Disney movies, which my brother and I considered a cherished part of our VHS collection as children. They were incidentally one of the few movies we could both agree to watch as I was all about the Disney princesses and he was really into dinosaurs and The Land Before Time series.

Anyways, I decided to finally read the classic tales of Winnie-the-Pooh after seeing this book on my mom’s iPad (it is the “starter book” for iBooks when you first receive your iPad). Before I even started reading, though, I was struck by the beauty of the original illustrations. I grew up with Dinsey’s version, and the round bear with his red shirt is immediately what I think of when someone says Winnie-the-Pooh. Kanga, Owl, and Rabbit look completely different!

The story in which Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit’s front door will probably always be my favorite, but I did enjoy reading each tale for the first time. Many of them have been replicated in Disney’s movies; however, the stories of traveling to the North Pole and hunting the Heffalump are not ones I remember viewing as a child. I was also surprised not to see Tigger in the book as I had assumed he was a part of the original cast of characters, but he apparently does not make an appearance until The House at Pooh Corner.

The stories are very cute, but I think the illustrations are really what made the stories. It’s hard to imagine reading the book without them now. If I ever have children, I certainly plan to make sure they do not miss out reading this book when they are younger. Nineteen years is just too long to go without reading these classic stories!

Others’ Thoughts:


    • The Disney illustrations definitely pale in comparison to the original illustrations. I’m sad I missed out on reading the original stories as a child as I’m sure they’re more magical for the reader at that age.


  1. I like the original illustrations a lot better than the Disney versions. Actually, my parents gave me a Dutch edition of these books when I was 10, and I remember feeling slightly disappointed. To me, the stories are much more enjoyable when you’re a little older, because some of the humour was a little hard to get as a child. I now own an English jubilee edition, and I can’t wait to reread them.


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