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Jan 10 2012

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood (in which Winnie-the-Pooh enjoys further adventures with Christopher Robin and friends) by David Benedictus and Mark Burgess

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Inspired by A.A. Milne and E. H. Shepard. Egmont, 2011. ISBN 9781405247443.
It is more than 80 years since A. A. Milne introduced us to Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood and gave us a family favourite that has survived generations (and Disneyfication). Although Benedictus wrote some of these stories nearly 20 years ago, they could not be published because Disney owned the rights but now, with the sequel rights reverting to the trustees of Milne's estate, we can once again enjoy the traditional Pooh complete with illustrations in the style of E. H. Shepard.
In this book we share the delight of Christopher Robin's return, marvel at Owl's wisdom and are introduced to the game of cricket - very timely! We are also introduced to a new character, Lottie the Otter who fits into the landscape and the stories perfectly. Like the original, each story is perfect for reading aloud or reading alone and the illustrations are just delightful. If you are a Pooh fan, like me, you will love this. Pop it in your own Christmas stocking!
Barbara Braxton

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