Monday, June 6, 2011

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

Return to the Hundred Acre WoodReturn to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even though it wasn't THE Winnie-the-Pooh this was a pleasant homage to the Milne/Shepard books. Christopher Robin has come home from school for the summer. He and his friends play a cricket test match, attempt to hold a spelling bee, learn that tigers come from Asia not Africa, and meet a new friend, Lottie the otter. My favorite story was "Rabbit Organizes Almost Everything" in which Rabbit tries to conduct a Census of the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood.

"A Census is when you write down the names of everyone who is living in a place, and how many of them, and so on."

"But why, Rabbit?"

"So that if anyone wants to know you can tell them straightaway. The Ancient Britons did it in the Domesday Book, and once they knew who there was and where they were..." Rabbit paused to catch up with himself, "they could tax them."

"Why did they want to?" Christopher Robin asked, reasonably enough.

"To pay for the Census, of course," answered Rabbit. "I thought everybody knew that."

Poor Rabbit ends up having a nervous breakdown when he tries to document all of his Friends and Relations. He runs off to see Pooh, who manages to set everything right again. For a Bear of Very Little Brain, Pooh does quite well.


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