The Complete Poems for Christopher Robin celebrates A. A. Milne’s two enduring children’s poetry volumes in a beautiful new Folio Society edition.
The House at Pooh Corner
Illustrated by E. H. Shepard
This charming Folio edition of A. A. Milne’s classic children’s book The House at Pooh Corner features the unrivalled original illustrations by E. H. Shepard, in glorious colour.
This timeless collection of classic stories takes us once again to the Hundred Acre Wood to join Winnie-the-Pooh and friends on a new series of unforgettable adventures. In these beloved tales, we follow Pooh and Piglet as they carry out their ‘Grand Idea’ to build Eeyore a house, meet the irrepressible Tigger and discover what – apart from bouncing – Tigger’s like best, and learn how to play what has since become a favourite childhood game: Poohsticks. Published in series with Winnie-the-Pooh, this exquisite collector’s edition, featuring more than 100 original full-colour illustrations, celebrates both A. A. Milne’s treasured stories, and the much-loved artwork of E. H. Shepard, with which they have become synonymous.
Shepard drew inspiration from the distinctive landscape of Ashdown Forest, Milne’s own basis for the Hundred Acre Wood, and the place where Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, spent his summers at the family’s country home. Published in series with the Folio edition of Winnie-the-Pooh, this superb volume includes Shephard’s colour endpaper map of the ‘100 Aker Wood’, and numerous black-and-white sketches.
Since he first appeared in a poem published in Punch magazine in 1924, the lovable Winnie-the-Pooh has captured the hearts of generations of children and adults alike. Milne began his career as a successful playwright and a regular contributor of humorous essays to Punch, only turning to children’s stories and poems after the birth of his son in 1920. But it is his training as a playwright, and his talent for creating thoroughly recognisable characters and penning natural, perfectly distilled dialogue that gives Milne’s children’s tales their timeless quality and breadth of appeal.
Alongside Shepard’s illustrations, Milne’s stories, with their charming simplicity and playful humour, capture the joy and innocence of childhood friendship. Milne and Shepard teach us that, although we, and Christopher Robin – along with children everywhere – must grow up, ‘the Forest will always be there … and anybody who is Friendly with Bears can find it’.
Bound in full cloth blocked with a design by David Eccles
Set in Caslon
107 integrated colour illustrations, 62 black & white sketches
Printed map endpapers
9½˝ x 6¾˝
About A. A. Milne
A. A. Milne (1882–1956) was born in London and attended Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. At university, he edited Granta and in 1904 had his first piece published in Punch. In 1915 Milne volunteered and was commissioned into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a signals officer. In 1916, he was invalided home from the Somme and spent the last part of the war in Intelligence. Milne was an extremely successful playwright, whose titles include Mr Pim Passes By (1919), The Dover Road (1921) and Toad of Toad Hall (1929). The author of numerous non-fiction and fiction titles, including the ‘locked-room’ novel The Red House Mystery (1922), his best-known works are his two collections of children’s poetry, When We Were Very Young (1924) and Now We Are Six (1927), and most famously his two Pooh books, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
About E. H. Shepard
Ernest Howard Shepard was born in London in 1879. His father was an architect and encouraged his childhood hobby of drawing. When it came to choosing a career, Shepard decided to pursue his love of art, and here too he had the backing of his father. In 1897, he became one of the youngest students on the Royal Academy’s roll. During the First World War Shepard enlisted in the army and, on his return, he began working at Punch magazine, fulfilling a long-held ambition to draw for the publication. It was here that he was introduced to A. A. Milne as a potential illustrator for his characters. Although Milne was initially hesitant, the sketches were well received and Shepard went on to illustrate all the Pooh books. Shepard illustrated many other books during his career, including a number of Kenneth Grahame titles. He also wrote two children’s books: Ben and Brock (1965) and Betsy and Joe (1966). He died in 1976.
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