A.A. Milne / E.H. Shepard
Fiction RBC 2014: A book that is more than 10 years old
Milne takes us back to the Hundred Acre Wood with The House at Pooh Corner and to the nation’s favourite bear (with little brain). With beautiful colour illustrations by E.H. Shepard, readers are delighted to watch as Tigger hops his way across our pages, Pooh discovers a tireless new game he calls Poohsticks, a new house is built for Eeyore and many more adventures!
Having read Winnie-the-Pooh for the first time this year, I thought that it was only right that I carry where I’d started and read HAPC, too. While HAPC had its moments, including Pooh discovering the delights of Poohsticks, Rabbit being humbled by Tigger’s kindness and Tigger discovering that he doesn’t like honey, haycorns or thistles, I did prefer WTP. I thought it had a better tone and was generally a lot more heart-warming to read. HAPC does, however, have the one story that I remember the strongest from the Disney movie: that scene where Tigger decides to climb a tree with Roo and is then too terrified to climb or jump down. It’s every bit as fun to read it as it was to watch it, and you might as well read the whole thing and remind yourself why Pooh is the nation’s favourite bear.
Image courtesy of Wordery.