Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Book Review: Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne is the author of one of my favorite children's classics - Winnie the Pooh.

My love of all things Pooh is relatively new. I'm sure I watched the Disney movie growing up (what child of the 70s didn't watch Disney?) but I don't remember Pooh from my childhood.

My children will not be able to say that. We own the movie on VHS (really need to upgrade to DVD!), 3 modern Pooh story books, Once Upon a Time with Winnie the Pooh, and a musical Pooh book. We do NOT own the original Winnie the Pooh book, though we have brought it home from the library a couple of times.

I enjoy Pooh and friends because the stories are simple and contain positive messages. The friends eventually work together and accept each other's differences - even Rabbit comes to appreciate Tigger's special bounce.

Working together and appreciating each other are lessons I want my kids to learn. With so many different personalities in our home we do a lot of working and appreciating!

Come to think of it, Pooh and his friends are a lot like my family. Without a doubt, I am most like Rabbit. He likes a plan, order and to be in charge. Yep! Sounds like me!

Owl reminds me of William. Both have long winded stories that often don't make sense. And they both think they know how to spell. At least there's hope for Will's spelling and story telling.

Gopher (who isn't in the original books) makes me think of Benjamin. Ben loves to build and spent much of last summer digging up our backyard.

Ellie is like Tigger. She never sits still, RUNS everywhere, enjoys bouncing on people and is generally a happy girl. Though she does have Rabbit's bossy tendencies, which makes me smile as long as it's directed at the boys.

It's too early to tell which Pooh friend Samuel will be like. Right now he just likes being clean, fed, and hugged. Hmm... sounds kind of like a certain Bear I know.

Well, this review hasn't turned out the way I intended. I had planned to write about a non-Pooh book, Prince Rabbit and The Princess Who Could Not Laugh, but as you can see that isn't what I've done. Uh-oh! Maybe I have a little bit of Owl's wandering storytelling in me, too!

Do you love Pooh as much as we do? Can you see the personalities of the Hundred Acre Wood in your own home? Describe them for us in the comments.

For more Children's Classics thoughts on A.A. Milne visit 5 Minutes for Books.


Westafricanrains said...

I loved your comparisons. I can see you being Rabbit. So what about Joel? Where does he fit in? I'll have to think about who I might be.

Carrie said...

How cute is that - likening your family to Pooh characters. Hmm...I wonder who we would be.

But I'm pretty sure I'm with you on being rabbit! ;D (Still need to respond to your e-mail, btw! I SO identified!)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

What a great post!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I think I'm like Rabbit, too, with maybe a little bit of Eeyore and Kanga thrown in. I am definitely NOT Tigger, unless you consider the fact that I have a hard time completing a thought any more and I bounce around from topic to topic! : )

Cute post!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I'm not sure which character Joel is. And, for the sake of my yet unplanned girls night out, I am refraining from making any guesses!

I think most moms have to have a little Rabbit in them - how else would they run a busy household?

Alicia said...

Very cute character comparisons! What a great post. Dan is a little bit of an Eeyore.

wherever HE leads we'll go said...

I have ALWAYS loved Pooh. I still have my very first Pooh Bear (I got him when I was about 6). He no longer has his red shirt - I believe one of our dogs ate it!

I think Mike is kind of like Rabbit. Definitely likes to plan and organize and wants things done his way. I am more like Piglet with a side of Eeyore. I am definitely a "glass is half empty" kind of girl. Piglet is actually Mike's pet name for me. : )

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