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Loved Goodbye Christopher Robin? Learn more about the real place that inspired the beloved stories.  

Delve into the home of the world's most beloved bear! The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the magical landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood - the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh's adventures - was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In this enchanting book you can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh's house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with Milne's own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.

©2015 Kathryn Aalto (P)2019 Tantor

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"Aalto's lovely book provides two great pleasures: a visit to the actual wild spots that inform the fictional Pooh world and a chance to slip into our memories of the books themselves." (The Washington Post)

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  • AmethystAngel2017
  • 17-08-19

Brings Winnie the Pooh to Life in Nature

This is one the most delightful books I've ever listened to and it made me want to listen to Winnie the Pooh and watch the Disney movie. The author's writing evokes the life of A. A. Milne, his son, Christopher Robin, the artist who illustrated the books and, of course, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Roo, Kanga, Rabbit and Owl. I felt like I was there with Milne, in his school room and with Christopher Robin playing Pooh Sticks. As if that wasn't treat enough, the narrator was spectacular, giving gentle voice to all the people and characters written about in the book. If I ever get the chance to go to England, I will most definitely go to explore the natural world of Winnie the Pooh!

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