'Here is Edward Bear coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it'
Some books, such as those A. A. Milne wrote for his son Christopher Robin during the 1920s, speak as profoundly to adults as they do to children. The characters Milne created – Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger – have become eternal symbols of childhood innocence, and are as popular as ever. Whether it is the ‘wobbly spelling’, the oblique, almost absurdly funny conversations, or the enchanting hand-coloured illustrations of E. H. Shepard, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner provide page after page of incomparable pleasure.
Completing this exclusive Folio edition is The Complete Poems for Christopher Robin, which brings together Milne’s two collections of children’s verse, ‘When We Were Very Young’ and ‘Now We Are Six’.