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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood…

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie-the-Pooh) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by David Benedictus (Author)

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Collects the further stories of Christopher Robin and his imaginary animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, where the animals anticipate Christopher Robin's return, meet a new friend, and solve the mystery of missing bees.
Title:Return to the Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie-the-Pooh)
Authors:David Benedictus (Author)
Info:Dutton Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: Illustrated, 216 pages
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Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus (2009)


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This was an interesting attempt to recapture the magic of the [author: A.A. Milne] classics. I went into it with an open mind, but almost immediately couldn't help but be struck by the stark differences in the writing styles. [author: David Benedictus] nearly hits the mark from time to time in his writing, but more often makes the characters a bit too aggressive, or a bit too overbearing and the result is an odd sort of shadow of the original that never entirely hits the moralistic nearly philosophical stance of Pooh.

One of the biggest problems with the book, for me, was the introduction of Lottie the otter. While adding a new character is not a bad idea - Tigger was new in the second book, after all - Lottie quickly becomes the star of the show. Lottie can do no wrong, and comes off as rather snobbish and with little to temper that character. Too often the characters are in awe of her, and then take a backseat to her; instead of it being the characters learning to deal with Lottie, it's 'isn't Lottie wonderful'? Additionally, Lottie isn't Christopher Robin's, but rather an actual otter... which destroys too much of the liminal space that Pooh is meant to occupy.

There were aspects of the book I enjoyed, foremost of which was the ending. Some of the stories hit the mark rather nicely, and I am by no means against the idea of people further contributing to the Pooh canon. Personally, I just feel that books such as [book: The Tao of Pooh] and [book: The Te of Piglet] better captured the spirit of the original and the attraction of simplicity. Nevertheless, this will certainly be a book that children love and the illustrations are wonderful. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
My favorite of the Winnie the Pooh series. ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
David Benedictus and Mark Burgess (and the Pooh Trustees and Dutton) did a wonderful job of recapturing the magic of A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the stories and Lottie is great addition to the cast of characters. And, the book itself is beautifully made. Very special indeed. ( )
  KatieCarella | Apr 12, 2014 |
Wasn't sure about this, there are some things that are sacrosanct and Pooh seemed to me to be one of them.

But it actually was better than expected. It is set during the summer holiday when CR has come home from school and has the air of those lazy days of summer childhod. Initially I thought it was trying too hard to be cute, but that sensation went away fairly quickly. The introduction of a new character allows him to be different from the original and cover new ground.

I wont spoil the ending, but it had the same effect on this soppy reader that the final paragraphs of the original Pooh books did.

The illustrations are easily the best thing about this - they are true to the Shepard drawings and have avoided the horrid things that Disney has done to Pooh and his friends.

Wasn't sure, but am now convinced and have, most reluctantly, had to wrap this copy up - bought as a present so had to finish it quite quickly! ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 31, 2013 |
The House at Pooh Corner ends with Christopher Robin outgrowing his stuffed animals. How to write a sequel? The best solution might have been to set the new tales during the period covered by the first two books. Still, that does prevent one from having anything major happen, and it's perhaps not the most satisfying choice.

Instead, Benedictus opts for a stay of execution: the original ending is redefined as Christopher Robin going away to boarding school, but he comes back at the end of the term. Once this is gotten out of the way in the first story, he's free to get on with a collection of new tales.

And they're not bad. I don't think they're quite up to Milne's standard, but few things are. The characters generally behave as we'd expect them to, and the new character, Lottie the Otter, fits organically into the Hundred Acre Wood. This is a respectable effort from somebody who honors the integrity of the original books, and I don't really have any problems with its inclusion in the canon. (To the extent that it is. And the disarming introduction, in which Eeyore predicts that the new writer will get everything wrong, helps in that regard.) ( )
1 vote SR510 | Jul 23, 2011 |
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As Winnie the Pooh himself says, ‘sometimes it’s best to have something not quite right in a hum so that everybody can say: ‘Humph! I could have done it better myself.’” Quite right, too. This book is a joyful and apt addition to the Pooh saga.

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Burgess, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari-Jatta, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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You gave us Christopher Robin and Pooh
And a forest of shadows and streams,
And the whole world smiled with you, as you
Offered us your dreams.
I took up the offer and page upon page
And line upon fanciful line,
I tried to show in a different age
Your dreams are mine.
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Exposition: Pooh and piglet, Christopher Robin and Eeyore were last seen in the Forest - oh, can it really be eighty years ago?
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