"Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think about it."
- Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.
"I didn't know we had this kind of Winnie the Pooh!" said my five-year-old. Yes, this classic-styled Pooh Bear was sitting high on a shelf. He had been a baby shower gift when I was expecting her sister. "He's sooooooft."
Then we read two more chapters of the book. (We're ready for chapter 5 tomorrow.)
As an American child born in the 1970s, I grew up with Disney Winnie the Pooh. There are pictures of me when I was a baby, in my yellow Swing-O-Matic baby swing, propped up by three stuffed Disney Poohs. I had to seek out the classic literary Pooh myself, much later.
Little Sis brought this book to me last week. I never read it to her sister, so this is our special book right now.
For the record, she does like Disney Winnie the Pooh.
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She's enjoying classic Winnie the Pooh as well.
I'll leave you with something special, though, that I first learned about via NPR: three Russian-language adaptations made by the famed Soviet animation studio Soyuzmultfilm between 1969 and 1972. My whole family loves these. Mr. B and I read the subtitles, of course, but the girls know the stories well enough to be fascinated by the characters and songs, and I love the design. Rather than copying the Shepard drawings, the Soviet characters have their own unique look. And apart from the fact that they left Christopher Robin out entirely, the overall feeling is something closer to the stories as Milne wrote them. You can read a bit more here and here, and if you want, you can check out this eBay store full of stuff I would buy if I could find some way to justify it. Ha. Enjoy Vinni Pukh!
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