Best Bear in All the World (Winnie-the-Pooh), The

Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders, Brian Sibley, Paul Bright
For the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, a sequel featuring new stories and a new character from the Hundred Acre Wood.The Trustees of the Pooh Properties have commissioned four authors to write in the timeless style of A.A. Milne to create a quartet of charming new adventures for Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall: take a trip back to the Hundred Acre Wood with a collection of tales sure to delight year-round.One story finds Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet on a quest to discover the "Sauce of the Nile" (they suspect it's apple). And in another, all the animals rally around poor Eeyore when he thinks he sees another donkey eyeing his clover. The winter story features a new penguin character, based on a stuffed toy owned by Christopher Robin Milne himself. Readers of all ages will love rediscovering old friends and making new ones in this essential new volume of Pooh stories.The book feature beautiful color artwork in the style of Ernest H. Shepard by Mark Burgess.


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Join Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin for four new adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood. They begin in the autumn where Pooh and Piglet fear a dragon has invaded the forest. Next, winter arrives with a penguin visit. In the spring, Eeyore worries another donkey has come to steal his thistles. During the summer, the animals search for the “sauce” of a river. The stories have the same types of misunderstandings, animal interactions, and play on words as the original Milne books. Vivid colored illustrations in varied sizes are scattered throughout the text, making an appealing visual impact. Adults who read the original Pooh books will enjoy sharing this new version with their children or students. The four stories could lead to a discussion of Pooh’s wise insights into the characters’ misunderstandings; however, some discussion may be needed for younger children to understand parts of the stories. Older students might benefit from a comparison of the original stories to these new ones. The book is an interesting celebration of the 90th birthday of Pooh with text and illustrations done in A.A Milne style. Submitted by: Nancy Lewis Shelton 

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