By Alice Denison
The book that opened up my mind to a creative and imaginative world is A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Not only was I able to see the friendship and journey Christopher Robin has with his animal friends but also the different types of friendships and personalities around you.
“I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”
To this day I still have a strong attachment to all of the characters. Winnie the Pooh is filled with inspirational quotes and lovely messages, how could you not fall in love with it?
Children’s Literature more often than not holds a much stronger value than to just entertain. They help children discover ways to express themselves, whether it’s through the ability to relate to a character or what adventures they go on.
Each individual character expresses a personal journey of which as a child Christopher Robin and the child reader may be experiencing. Piglets’ constant anxiety regarding the world around him, Eeyore’s unhappiness and loneliness and Tigger’s over excitement and bursts of energy. Of course you can’t forget Pooh’s inability to stop eating, which I think everyone can relate to.
“You can’t stay in the corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
Not only is the novel a classic, it is timeless and the themes will always be relevant. This first novel and the whole collection is so beautifully written by Milne and illustrated by E.H. Shepard. I have full confidence that it will never go out of print from the first publication in 1926, and will always be reissued from now, well into the future.
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival have plenty more dates up their sleeve throughout the year. Make sure the FREE Family Fun Day taking place on June 24 is in your diary!