Blustery days, changing leaves, and hats and scarves all equal Winnie the Pooh weather in our house. Now is the best time of year for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea, preferably on a blanket under a tree. In just the same way we like to enjoy a book and a few minutes of quiet, so too do Christopher Robin’s friends, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, and Kanga and Roo. This fall take the opportunity to read some of the books that are surely on the shelves of our favorite Hundred Acre Woods pals.
Winnie the Pooh
The Big Honey Hunt, by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
If Winnie the Pooh isn’t eating honey, thinking about honey, or plotting to find some honey, then he is most likely reading about honey. As Papa Bear and Little Bear set out to find honey, they deviate from Momma’s plan for them to go to the grocery store. The two brave the woods and mischief follows. The Berenstain Bears are truly a bear family after Pooh’s own stout heart.
The Secret Garden: Deluxe Hardcover Classic, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rabbit enjoys the comfort and calm of his garden. An afternoon of fresh air and hard work, along with a hefty pile of fresh produce pleases Rabbit like nothing else. Like Mary, in her own special walled-in garden, Rabbit becomes his best self when surrounded by well cared-for plants. Within his picket fence Rabbit can make his own happiness, and maybe share some of those extra fruits and veggies with his friends.
Coraline (Graphic Novel), by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
After sweeping clean his yard near the “Trespassers Will” sign, it is easy to picture Piglet getting some catharsis from his fears with Neil Gaiman’s classic Coraline, reimagined as a graphic novel. A blanket and some firelight, and maybe an evening visit from Pooh while the two imagine what Christopher Robin is doing, is just about the ideal Piglet night. Coraline lets Piglet imagine a more “perfect” world while also learning to appreciate what he has right there.
Anna Banana: 101 Jump-Rope Rhymes, by Joanna Cole and Alan Tiegreen
When plain old jumping just doesn’t cut it anymore, Tigger can flip through this book of rhymes to recharge his battery. Another bonus? Instead of jumping alone, Tigger can invite his other Hundred Acre Woods friends to jump and rhyme too. Even Rabbit and Eeyore, who aren’t known for their jumping, will love to chant “Teddy Bear Teddy Bear” while bouncing around the woods.
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
While Owl probably has tons of other books that cover so many subjects, this would most likely be on his bedside table. Owl loves facts, stories, and figures so Bill Bryson’s Really Short History scratches his information itch. Unlike when Owl reads his family histories, I am sure that his friends would enjoy sitting with him as he read aloud about the dinosaurs, the oceans, and the expansion of the universe.
Kanga and Roo
Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons, by Rob D. Walker, Leo Dillon, and Diane Dillon
Kanga, who is always so warm, would love sharing this gorgeous book about kindness, faith, courage, and trying your best with Roo. The art is so bright and unique that Roo’s imagination won’t be able to stay still, but he will remember with every reading the importance of his family and friends. When Roo runs off to play with Tigger and the others, while Kanga finally enjoys some peace and quiet, both will have this story on their minds.
What books do you think the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood might enjoy?