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My Favorite Books Blog Hop: A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh

Welcome to the My Favorite Books Blog Hop! I’m glad you stopped by. Throughout the month of April, we’ll be hearing from bloggers and fellow bibliophiles about a topic we can’t say enough about — books! Old books, new books, fiction, non-fiction, it doesn’t matter. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Each Tuesday, I’ll be adding a post about a book that I resonated with me in some way. And I can’t wait to hear from all of you.

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A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh

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

As today is the last day for our blog hop, I’d like to get a bit sentimental for a moment and discuss one of my favorite literary works, Winnie the Pooh.

I understand that when most people discuss favorite books, they tend to think of literary giants like Gone With the Wind or Fahrenheit 451. They may expound on the works of Shakespeare, Dickens, or Austen. And, make no mistake, all of these fine classics are deserving of the merit they have received.

Yet, in my humble opinion, there are few written works that can touch a heart so deeply as Winnie the Pooh.

“Some people care too much. I think it's called love.” Winnie the Pooh Click To Tweet

Winnie the Pooh was originally published in 1926, with Now We Are Six following in 1927 and The House at Pooh Corner in 1928. For me, it’s often difficult to separate these stories from one another. They just blend into the Pooh universe. These stories are so wonderfully crafted and offer a rare glimpse of innocence that’s lost in today’s cynical world.

Stop and think about it for a moment. All of the truly important lessons in life can all be learned through the adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”

For me, these stories remind me of story time when my children were young. I yearn to see their innocent faces once again and hear their cute little giggles. That time passed far too quickly and before I knew it, I woke up with teenagers.

Pooh takes me back and for a moment I’m holding my little ones in my arms again.

That’s why Pooh is my favorite silly ol’ bear.  And the older I get, the more wisdom I find within his adventures.

I’m not anticipating grandchildren anytime within the near future. I think I still have many more years before I face that adventure. But I know that my future grandchildren will sit in my lap as we travel to the Hundred Acre Wood and experience the world of Winnie the Pooh together.

And that will be the greatest adventure of all!

Blessings to all of you and Happy Reading!

(Jennifer B. Duffey is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories. To download a free copy of her latest novel, The Face in the Mirror, click here.)