Recent Readaloud: Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the PoohWinnie-the-PoohWinnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest Shepard by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest Shepard

My Sonlight Core includes the second Winnie-the-Pooh book, The House at Pooh CornerThe House at Pooh Corner (Winnie-the-Pooh) by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, but not the first one*. So I added it myself, especially since we’re not having any trouble keeping ahead of the schedule as far as readalouds goes.

I was surprised to discover how familiar the stories in this book were. I’ve seen some of Disney’s version of Winnie-the-Pooh, and I’d assumed they’d taken a lot of liberties and just used the characters and made up the adventures. At least with the first book, I recognized many (most?) of the events. How unexpected, and how fun!

The illustrations are lovely, and added to the gentle feel of the stories. This would work well as an early chapter book, especially since each chapter stands alone.

Highly recommended, although I have trouble imagining that that’s a surprise to anyone, it’s such a classic.

My verdict:
So much fun. I loved the illustrations, and I loved the familiar stories.

The kids’ verdict:
They loved it!

Publisher’s Description:
More than sixty years ago, Christopher Robin took his friend Edward Bear—who came to be known to millions as Winnie-the-Pooh—by one chubby paw and brought him unceremoniously downstairs. Pooh has endured, still slightly rotund, a Bear of Very Little Brain, but very generous of heart: the immortal creation of A. A. Milne, who wrote this book for his only son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape.

The adventures of Pooh and Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore, are timeless treasures of childhood. These tales still speak to all of us with the freshness that distinguishes true storytelling.

Book Details

Title: Winnie-the-PoohWinnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest Shepard
Author: A. A. Milne, illustrations by Ernest Shepard
Category: Children’s Fiction

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* And it looks like the 2015 catalog has swapped out The House at Pooh CornerThe House at Pooh Corner (Winnie-the-Pooh) by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard for Winnie-the-PoohWinnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest Shepard. So now it does have the first book, instead of the second one. No idea why they originally included the second one, but it does seem to make more sense to have the first included. Perhaps it’s because Tigger doesn’t appear until the second book? And the website still shows book #2 as being in the core, but my new catalog shows book #1, so I think they haven’t gotten around to updating their website. 🙂


  1. My 4-year-old daughter received a copy of the first two books (bound together into one) for Christmas. Even though I had requested it for her, I thought it would be too advanced–the chapters too long, some of the vocabulary too eccentric. I could not have been more wrong. She loved it. We’ve read it through once and now she’s asking to read it again. It really is a classic for a reason!

    • I own the first two in cheap paperback, but I am seriously thinking about getting one of the nice hardbound copies for my daughter’s birthday this summer. You’re absolutely right – it is a classic for a reason!

  2. Winnie the Pooh rocks! I’m totally buying all the books when I have kids. 🙂

    • I’m debating making one or two of the recipes from your site for it when we finish The House at Pooh Corner. They’re great!

      And if anyone is scrolling down far enough to read the comments – go and check out her Winnie-the-Pooh themed menu!


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