I know what you’re thinking: why is a grown man reading Winnie the Pooh? To put it plainly, I like the story. They are fun, funny, and great to read out loud. Plus I will one day have children and I need to find the good books to read to them so that they have a decent childhood. Though I also believe that everyone should read this book at some point in his or her life. The characters cast a wonderful performance for what it’s like inside the mind of a child as each character represents a different personality or emotion.
A collection of short stories that inspired a series of beloved children’s movies, Winnie the Pooh and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood live very active lives full of adventure. Whether they are traveling to the North Pole with their friend Christopher Robin or trying to catch an elusive heffalump, Winnie the Pooh and the gang are always looking for adventure.
As a beloved children’s story this is a must for anyone looking for books to read to their children. For young children in the throws of exploring the stretches of their imagination, the adventures of these woodland characters would provide a great deal of fuel for their creativity. So many children have imaginary friends or talk to their stuffed animals and these stories will help children realize that there is nothing wrong with them for doing that.
To tangent from the fun, loving aspect of the story I wanted to take a minute to look at the psychoanalysis of the characters. I had heard of the theory that each character of the Winnie the Pooh stories was a representation of a psychological disorder, but I had never taken the time look into it in any length. I could guess most of them, the only ones which were new to me were Pooh (Eating Disorder), Christopher Robin (Schizophrenia), and Kanga (Social Anxiety Disorder). I don’t want to go into too much detail on the subject as it is rather excessive, but for anyone who is interested in looking into this a bit more can check out the link below.
However, as interesting as that theory is I don’t think that’s what A. A. Milne intended to portray when he wrote these stories. If my account is correct, and I believe it is because my mom told me and we all know that mothers know everything, then Christopher Robin and Pooh were based on his son and his teddy bear. As an English major I find both the inspiration and the psycho-analysis fascinating and it is for this reason that I find the study of literature to be so wonderful; there is no end to the symbolism and the meaning found in stories if you have the imagination to keep up.