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Nov 06 2014

Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Stories ill. by Andrew Grey

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Based on the Winnie-the-Pooh works by A.A. Milne & E.H. Shepard. Chirpy Bird/ Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014. ISBN 9781760122997
This is a collection of three Christmas stories starring Pooh, Piglet, and all the other favourite characters brought to life by A. A. Milne.
In the first, Pooh's Snowy Day, Pooh and Piglet decide to build Eeyore a new house. But something goes awry, as usual. In the second, Pooh's Christmas Adventure, Pooh find himself snowed in. He uses his honey pot to dig himself out and then realises he is out of honey. Perhaps his friends will have some. But they too are snowed in and so it becomes a very busy afternoon, culminating in them all building a magnificent snowman. The third story in the collection is Pooh's Christmas Letters. Pooh is stumping home through the snow from Christopher Robin's house, humming a little hum, when he has an idea. Next day, Piglet, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl all receive mysterious letters telling them to go to the North Pole at luncheon. Piglet is very worried that Pooh has been kidnapped by Hostile Animals or a Heffalump so they all go to see Rabbit for advice. But Rabbit also has a letter, and, appointing himself in charge, he leads them off to the North Pole where they find . . .
Illustrator Andrew Grey has captured the essence of Shepard's original illustrations and this colourful interpretation is a wonderful way to introduce yet another generation to the timeless tales of this delightful bear and his friends. Perfect for being one of the traditions of the Christmas season.
Barbara Braxton

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