A. A. Milne

  • Winnie-The-Pooh

  • Alan Bennett reads A.A. Milne's much-loved stories about a small bear and his friends. The collection includes; Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner and A Party for Pooh.

    What is the connection between a bear of very little brain and a honey pot? Usually it's the very sticky paw of Winnie the Pooh, as he takes a break between adventures for a little something. In these stories, taken from the book 'Winnie-the-Pooh', Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place, Eeyore loses a tail, Piglet meets a Heffalump, Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents, and an expedition is mounted to the North Pole! As usual they are accompanied by Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl - to say nothing of Pooh's very clever young human friend, Christopher Robin. Now with a musical introduction, Alan Bennett gives A.A. Milne's characters the voices you felt they were always meant to have in this collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl.

    The stories are:
    Winnie-the-Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place
    Pooh and Piglet Nearly Catch a Woozle and Eeyore Loses a Tail
    Piglet Meets a Heffalump
    Eeyore has a birthday and Gets Two Presents
    Christopher Robin Leads an Exposition to the North Pole
    A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore
    Tigger Comes to the Forest and has Breakfast
    A Search is Organdized and Piglet Nearly Meets the Heffalump Again
    Pooh Invents a New Game and Eeyore Joins In
    Piglet Does a Very Grand Thing and Owl Moves House
    Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest
    Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water
    Christoper Robin Gives Pooh a Party
    Tiggers Don't Climb Trees
    Rabbit has a Busy Day
    Tigger is Unbounced

Alan Alexander Milne was born in Hampstead in 1882 and attended an independent school run by his father before studying mathematics at Cambridge. After university he worked as an Assistant Editor at the magazine Punch and established himself as a successful author of both plays and novels, including The Red House Mystery until, with the publication of When We Were Very Young in 1924 and Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926 his career took a very different turn. Milne continued to produce works for adults but occasionally resented the success of his children's stories, which overshadowed much of his other work. In 1952 A. A. Milne suffered a stroke after brain surgery and retired to his country home in Sussex as an invalid. He died there four years later.

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