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Author: David Benedictus

Illustrator: Mark Burgess

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Publisher: Penguin Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Based on the original Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne, these stories return you to the Hundred Acre Woods! Christopher Robin is back and the gang throws him a welcome home party. So begins the book filled with more fun stories and all the characters you remember. Stories about spelling bees and rain will have you laughing and enjoying again the fun times with Pooh and all his friends. This is a new collection of stories drawn from the original Milne classic.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 5.6

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book so we would have something to read to her at night for a week or so. She really enjoyed all the messes the characters got into. She laughed and wanted to know how each story was going to end. I am so happy she enjoyed the stories and it was a fun way to end the night. She went to bed happy after each reading!

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a good read-one-chapter-a-night book. I really enjoyed it! The stories were great and easy to understand. It was fun to read about the Pooh gang in new adventures. The stories stayed true to the characters. The only negative I can come up with is that the paintings (drawings in the book) did not look exactly like the characters in the original. I am being pretty picky though as they were pretty good!

Pros: Those who love the original Pooh stories or have yet to discover the "silly old bear" will enjoy this new collection of tales.

Cons: None, other than the illustrations mentioned above.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. If you've loved Pooh, you'll want this book. It is a must for libraries, so you can borrow it first just to be sure.


Educational Themes: These are stories of friendship, problem solving, and having fun.

Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, classic literature, middle grade, friendship, problem solving, short stories

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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