Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1

Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics, Volume 1

‘WINNIE-THE-POOH: A.A. MILNE’S POOH CLASSICS, VOLUME 1’


JUMP TO SECTION:

OPENING LINE:

“You never can tell with bees.”


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.
Blackstone Audiobooks presents, from the unabridged collection A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics, the 10 stories of Winnie-the-Pooh performed by Peter Dennis. This is the only reading of these immortal stories authorized by A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, who wrote, “Peter Dennis has made himself Pooh’s Ambassador Extraordinare and no bear has ever had a more devoted friend. So if you want to meet the real Pooh, the bear I knew, the bear my father wrote about, listen to Peter.”
This collection includes the chapters:

  • In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin
  • In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place
  • In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle
  • In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One
  • In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump
  • In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents
  • In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath
  • In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole
  • In Which Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water
  • In Which Christopher Robin Gives a Pooh Party, and We Say Goodbye

All the material is unabridged and taken from WINNIE-THE-POOH Copyright 1926 by E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., Copyright Renewal 1954 by A.A. Milne. All material Copyright under the Berne Convention. Recorded by permission of The Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Illustrations by E.H. Shepard copyright as above and used by permission of the Estate of E.H. Shepard. Color Illustrations ©1991 Dutton Children’s Books.


THE PLOT:

What can I really say about Winnie-the-Pooh that hasn’t already been said better by someone else? Pooh is one of the most iconic character creations of the 20th Century and it is not hard to understand why. The stories are full of whimsy, humor and adventure.
When I think of Milne’s creation and the adventures told in this first volume, I think of solving a puzzle. Often in these ten stories, a character will attempt to put together various bits of information to form a complete picture, only they don’t have all of the pieces and so are left to fill in the gaps themselves. In that way, Winnie-the-Pooh isn’t all that different from things like Greek mythology and other stories meant to explain how things work in the world.
About the only thing I can think to complain about with this release is that there are no stories featuring Tigger. Tigger is my favorite Pooh character but doesn’t appear until later in the stories.


THE AUTHOR:

Winnie-the-Pooh is A.A. Milne’s gift to the world. The characters in the stories are based off of Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne and his stuffed animals. Only Owl and Rabbit came from Milne’s own imagination.
Sadly, both Milne and his son had difficulties dealing with the success and notoriety that Winnie-the-Pooh brought them.


THE NARRATION:

I have a mixed reaction to the performance given by Peter Dennis. I grew up on the Winnie-the-Pooh cartoons and so when I think of the character, the voice I hear is that of Sterling Holloway. Dennis’ Pooh has a much deeper and slower voice, kind of like a big oaf, whereas Holloway was a lot more jovial. That doesn’t mean Dennis’ portrayal was bad in my opinion, it just took a little getting used to. There was something about his performance that I found somewhat annoying at times. He would let out a little bit of an oink after each word of dialog from Piglet. That wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that Piglet is a nervous character that talks a lot and stutters, and so there were a lot of punctuating oinks to be heard.
I did enjoy his portrayal of Christopher Robin and some of the other supporting characters quite a bit. His Christopher Robin manages to sound youthful without it being forced, and his Rabbit comes closest to the voice I remember hearing in my head as a child.


THE PRODUCTION:

This track was clearly designed for kids. There are sound effects layered throughout the clock, such as forest sounds in the Hundred-Acre Woods and the sound of a clock in the sections of the book that take place between the stories. There is also some catchy music that plays between the stories, although sometimes it runs on for a little too long.
Otherwise, everything sounds good and sets an appropriate mood.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

The stories in A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics, Volume 1 are indeed timeless. I found myself chuckling at some of the humor contained within. They speak to the wonder of imagination. I haven’t read all of the stories and hadn’t read any of them in quite some time but I did remember some of these pretty well, considering.
Winnie-the-Pooh is all about the wonder of imagination. You could do a lot worse than exposing your children to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. In fact, you could do a lot worse than reading them for yourself.


QUICK FACTS:

Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Score
Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics, Volume 1 A.A. Milne Peter Dennis Blackstone Audio, Inc. Children’s Literature 10/22/2004 2 hours, 46 minutes 7.5/10

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘WINNIE-THE-POOH: A.A. MILNE’S POOH CLASSICS, VOLUME 1’ was purchased from Audible for review.

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