The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh

Book - 1983
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For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet.

Happy 90th birthday (10/14/16), to one of the world's most beloved icons of literature, Winnie-the-Pooh!

The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1983.
ISBN: 9780140067477
0140067477
Branch Call Number: 823.912 HOF
Characteristics: xii, 158 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.

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BridgettM
Sep 22, 2017

The Tao of Pooh is a quick and enjoyable read. The idea behind it: "to write a book that explained the principle of Taoism through Winnie-the-Pooh, and explained Winnie-the-Pooh through the principles of Taoism." I've read it multiple times over the past 20 years. At various times I've thought my copy was destined for the donation pile, but then I've read it again and remembered how much I enjoy it. I'm recalling that I didn't like the follow-up, The Te of Piglet, as much, but I may change my mind when I read that one again.

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writermala
Oct 15, 2016

Benjamin Hoff has used A.A Milne's delightful characters from "WInnie The Pooh" to write an interesting book about the Tao Te CHing of Lao Tzu. It makes for great reading and easy comprehension. It is probaly one of the best books in the category, Religion and Ethics.

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Writermala1
Oct 15, 2016

Benjamin Hoff has used A.A Milne's delightful characters from "WInnie The Pooh" to write an interesting book about the Tao Te CHing of Lao Tzu. It makes for great reading and easy comprehension. It is probaly one of the best books in the category, Religion and Ethics.

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xod_s
Mar 22, 2015

If the introduction in the William Scott Wilson translation of the Tao te Ching was went over your head for being formal and/or expository this book might "do the trick" in explaining Daoism and/or being a kind of addendum to what William Scott Wilson was saying in the intro to his translation.

Albiet this book will do that in a narrative sort of way with the characters from the Winnie the Pooh series,frequently citing the original A.A. Milne stories. By that same token, it can be seen amusingly be seen as a interpretation of the A.A. Milne stories in a philosophical-religious lens. An intriguing take on a Disney franchise known to not really be lively.

If it's one thing I've gotten from this book is that Daoism is not about being heady. Quite the opposite; the emptiness of not having knowledge does not mean stupidity and it's interesting how by showing the doings of Winnie the Pooh, the clarity and authenticity of simple doings can be shown to be a good thing. Makes me feel (ironically) tempted to look into the epistemology of Daoism ^_^ !.

kellnerm Dec 18, 2013

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justslide
Sep 03, 2013

For such a small book about Taoism and Pooh, it is filed with so much insight and meaning. I really enjoyed reading Hofff's ideas and explorations through the funny little world of pooh bear and the connections it has with taoism.

JCLChrisK Jul 02, 2013

Before reading this book, I knew Pooh but didn't know Tao. --- From that perspective, I'm not sure it entirely does justice to Pooh, because it puts a frame on Milne's stories that doesn't quite fit; it reinterprets them to suit Hoff's ends and misses the meaning and fun I took from them in my reading. --- It seems, though, without knowing more to judge by, a decent introduction to Tao. I feel I have a basic idea what it is, at least, and a simple concept to associate with the word when I hear it used. --- Most importantly, I'm intrigued and would be interested in learning more.

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dylankemp
Apr 02, 2013

Love it.
An easy read for anyone from about the age of ten, all the way up, especially those of us who love/d Winnie the Pooh stories. I read a chapter every day for a week or two, and hoomed and hommed on each idea. Explains the philosophy of Taoism in a straightforward way. Turns out I am a Taoist. Are you?

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StellaCometa
Apr 02, 2013

Light but insightful read, and simple introduction to Taoism.

lynnmarie Dec 28, 2011

This is a great book. It provides insight to life through the classic Pooh character.

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