Author: A.A. Milne
Illustrator: E.H. Shepard
Publisher: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.

Pooh began to feel a little more comfortable, because when you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it,” A.A. Milne writes in his book, The Pooh Story Book 1965.

Covering eighty pages, this hardbound, over-sized book is targeted children that love Winnie-the-Pooh stories, especially those that include Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga Roo, and Tigger. With colored and black and white illustrations by E.H. Shepard, this 1965 version would best be read to beginner readers based on its lengthy, meandering sentences, intentional misspellings and capitalization errors.

Taken from two prior sources, this book contains three stories regarding the famous golden bear: “A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore,” “Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water,” and “Pooh Invents a New Game and Eeyore Joins In.”

The first tome has Pooh making up a tiddely-pom rhyming song en route to visit Piglet during a snowy day but finds him not at home. After he finds him at his own house, the two build Eeyore a new, warm residence, unknowingly using wood from the donkey’s original one. Eeyore is convinced the wind blew the cozy abode to its new location.

In the second tale, it has been raining so hard that Piglet gets stuck in his house due to rising flood waters. The brave and clever Pooh floats on a large honey jar to get Christopher Robin’s help reading Piglet’s message in a bottle. The two take an umbrella ride to rescue the little pig.

The final yarn has Pooh inventing a game called “Poohsticks,” that involves racing sticks down a flowing river. When Tigger accidently bounces Eeyore into the running waters, his friends help him to safety so they can enjoy the game again.

With humor, charm, and silliness, these three narratives make nice bedtime stories read to young ones as they drift off to sleep. Although some sentences are up to twelve lines long, readers can understand the storyline better by using reflection in their voices to enhance the dialogue.

This book was personally gifted to the reader and the review is an honest opinion.

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