Monday, February 5, 2018

Bibliophile's Corner

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
by Kathryn Aalto

Flap Copy Description:
Delve into the home of the world’s most beloved bear! The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the magical landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In the pages of this enchanting book you can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh’s house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with Shepard’s original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.

My Thoughts:
This book by Kathryn Aalto is both informative and inspiring! If you're a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh, and/or the English countryside, it's a must-read. Since I'm an author who is inspired by settings to write my own stories, seeing the surroundings that inspired A.A. Milne was amazing. When I learned that the author, who now lives in Great Britain, lived and worked in Washington State for many years (my home state), I had one of those moments where you really wish you could meet the author. Needless to say, I highly recommend this beautiful & collectible book to readers of all ages!

Click here to learn more about the author, Kathryn Aalto.

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