Winnie-The-Pooh is the first that I read. I enjoyed reading this book again, especially with the movie Christopher Robin coming out. I read the 80th Anniversary Edition (it came out in 2006) which means that this book is close to celebrating its 100th Anniversary and is just as inviting to children today as it was then.
The book is made up of chapters, which are actually individual stories. Winnie-The-Pooh was actually called Edward Bear, and Christopher Robin named him Winnie the Pooh after seeing Winnie the Bear at the zoo. All the characters I remember were in the book, stuffed animals Piglet, Kanga and Roo, real animals Rabbit and Owl. Tigger is not in this book, he appeared in the second one. Children will enjoy these stories about these talking animals and their friend Christopher Robin. They are constantly having adventures or getting themselves in trouble. Such fun! Reading one story a night before bedtime would help introduce a new generation to Winnie-The-Pooh. The illustrations are reproductions from the original watercolours done by Ernest H. Shepard and are so whimsical and bring back an earlier, easygoing time.
I didn’t remember the songs that Pooh made up in the story, but I still remember the songs from the Disney movie. My mother bought me a copy of the soundtrack on LP and I listened to it over and over. I loved those songs.
This was a great choice for the Award Winning Books and I am happy that I got a chance to read it again.