Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself…
In the 1920s, A. A. Milne published a series of stories – first told to his son Christopher Robin – about a bear called Winnie-the-Pooh. Since then, the lovable bear has occupied a special place in the hearts of readers all over the world. This stunning edition has been lovingly reproduced with full-colour illustrations to celebrate the magic of both A. A. Milne’s stories and the artistry of E. H. Shepard.
‘What?’ said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn’t been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice more in an exercising sort of way.
Some books speak as profoundly to adults as they do to children. The characters Milne created – Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Tigger – have become a part of countless childhoods, and are equally loved by adults. From the ‘wobbly spelling’ and almost absurdly funny conversations, to the enchanting hand-coloured illustrations of E. H. Shepard, Winnie-the-Pooh provides page after page of incomparable pleasure. Adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood include rescuing Pooh from a tight situation, discovering the North Pole and saving Piglet from the Great Flood in an upturned umbrella.
This edition also features 64 black-and-white sketches by E. H. Shepard, making it the perfect way to experience the world of Pooh.
Bound in cloth blocked with a design by David Eccles
Set in Caslon
Frontispiece and 122 integrated colour illustrations, and 64 black & white sketches
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.
The timeless adventures of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger have enchanted children and their parents for more than a century. This is a glorious edition of a children’s classic, with enchanting illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk.