366 days of gratitude

You might have deduced from this morning’s quotes that I’m a fan of A.A. Milne.

A well-worn copy of When We Were Very Young is evidence that his poetry was part of my childhood but I was at university before I read, and appreciated, Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.

When I first went to England, one of my literary pilgrimages was to Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield in East Sussex, part of which is the 100 Acre (or Aker) wood in which Pooh and his friends played.

I’ve been back there two more times to play Pooh Sticks on the bridge which E.H Shephard drew and have read and re-read the books to my own and others’ children.

Today I’m grateful for A.A. Milne and other authors who give pleasure to readers and read-to of all ages.


4 Responses to 366 days of gratitude

  1. robhosking says:

    ‘House at Pooh Corner’ was the first book I ever read on my own. Mum was reading it to me & skipping what she considered the boring bits, and I noticed & grizzled about it. Mum said ‘well you can clearly read it yourself then’ and handed it to me.


  2. homepaddock says:

    Rob – your mother has my sympathy. I was doing what I thought was a good job of abridging ‘Peter Rabbit’ while reading to my then 4-year-old niece but had to revert to the original when she said indignantly “You haven’t done the scritch, scritch, scritch.”


  3. Andrei says:

    I wonder what you will make of this?

    Винни Пух


  4. Paranormal says:

    I’m with you Ele. Winnie the Pooh is my favourite that I have also read to my children.


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