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’.