How can a man who never intended to author childrens books create one of the most identifiable characters in the history of literature geared for children? Why don’t you ask A.A. Milne? The aspiring novelist and playwright just happened to write a story for his son, Christopher, which became a wildly popular book and series about a honey-loving bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. All of these whimsical tales have been put together in a 368-page volume called The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh.
Included in the collection are The House at Pooh Corner, Winnie-the-Pooh, Now We are Six, and When We Were Very Young. These books are considered some of the smartest of its kind and were most likely written for himself as well as his son. They are infused with a wit and style usually reserved for books intended for a much older audience. That’s not to say that kids won’t be able to understand the stories in The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh. They can. Plus, Milne has created an appealing ensemble of characters that include a pig, piglet, donkey, a boy named Christopher Robin (inspired by the author’s son), and a tiger named Tigger who bounces. And he writes about subjects to which children can relate in creative ways, such as when Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit’s doorway or sad, pathetic Eeyore and his almost forgotten birthday.
This volume brings together all these stories in a much larger, more colorful format. The stories
are unabridged and the illustrations that go with the stories are re-colored. These cheerful illustrations are created by Ernest H. Shepard, who is known for his warm, quaint watercolors.
It’s surprising that an author so focused on writing for an older crowd can create such a powerful, whimsical series of books contained in The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh. Nevertheless, A.A. Milne has done so. Winnie-the-Pooh’s world is as popular today as it was the day it was created. The lovable bear is a favorite throughout the globe as it’s been translated into 21 different languages. This collection of stories shows that you can do something great even when you don’t intend for it.