Thursday, January 3, 2019

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read Mary Poppins after watching Saving Mr. Banks and the latest Mary Poppins movie sequel that came out, and I found the children's book a much more interesting read after that. It was still a rough read for me, but having other data points to distract me from the aged style, and absence of a plot really helped. I recently watched two movies about Christopher Robin, and read the Tao of Pooh, after which I put this book on my to-read list, and here we are.

What would have been a mediocre children's book experience was again, interesting. Stories I had watched in movies, and seen in rides at Disneyland, were now given context. Thankfully, it was less random than Mary Poppins, but it did have some similar classic features. Slower in pace and with more whimsical characters, Winnie the Pooh actually carried plots better in short story form than Mary Poppins.

It was a good opportunity to try to understand the backdrop of Milne life when he wrote this book. It puts it in context, and for me actually improved the experience.