Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood


If you're six, or fifteen, or forty three years old my bet is you'll enjoy this gorgeous story, written by David Benedictus.

'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood' is a sequel to 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The House at Pooh Corner', the oustanding children's books written in the 1920's by A.A. Milne.

All the original characters are here - Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear (who has put on weight since the last series), Piglet, Kanga, Roo, a depressed Eeyore, Rabbit and his friends and relations, Owl, the bouncing Tigger, and Henry Rush.

And there is a newcomer to the forest - Lottie the otter.

'Oh la', she says, 'See my fine fur coat, and see my golden eyes, and long tail. And beware my red tongue and sharp white teeth.'

The sequel is just as charming as the original books. The author is highly respectful of the tone, setting and characters of the A.A. Milne novels.

Piglet is still in deep fear of heffalumps.

Pooh completes his daily exercises - two push ups, two pull ups and a lie-down, and is chased by a swarm of bees.

Wise Owl (who spells his name W-O-L) attempts to write some family memoirs, with hilarious results.

Various adventures include a cricket match between the two-legged and the four-legged creatures, and the creation of a forest school with Eeyore in charge.

Borrow this book for your baby sister or brother and read it yourself, preferably under the sheets by torchlight.

-Ann

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