Tao of Pooh & the Te of Piglet

Tao of Pooh & the Te of Piglet

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By (author) Benjamin Hoff, Illustrated by E. H. Shephard

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  • Publisher: Methuen young books
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 30mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0416199259
  • ISBN 13: 9780416199253
  • Edition statement: Special bind up ed
  • Illustrations note: b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 6,427

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Winnie-the-Pooh is 'The Bear for all Ages', and now he's more fun than ever before. Join in The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet! Pooh's Way of doing things seems strangely close to the ancient principle of Taoist philosophy, while Piglet exhibits the very important principle in Taoism of the Te, meaning Virtue of the Small. The author's explanations of Taoism and Te through Pooh and Piglet show that this is not an ancient and remote philosophy but something that you can use, here and now.

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A.A. Milne wrote some 18 plays and three novels, and fathered a son, Christopher Robin Milne, in 1920. Christopher led Milne to produce a book of children's poetry, When We Were Very Young, in 1924, and in 1926 the seminal Winnie-the-Pooh. More poems followed in Now We Are Six (1927) and Pooh returned in The House at Pooh Corner (1928). E. H. Shepard famously illustrated both Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows though, like A. A. Milne, much of his career was devoted to work for the satirical magazine Punch. Benjamin Hoff is a writer, photographer, musician and composer and a specialist in Japanese fine-pruning, with a degree in Ancient Art.

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By Iwan Juwono 30 Apr 2010 5

Taoism concepts, to my own ignorent self, are usually somewhat esoteric, mystical or just generally hard to understand. This book, explaining the major concepts using familiar characters, is very helpful in developing that understanding. While it certainly won't replace the classic texts, it does certainly help to build your understanding by presenting the concepts in an alternative framework.

Also, personally, I feel that "Tao of Pooh" section was a lot more entertaining/interesting than the Te of Piglet. It's not the defame the latter, it is more that I thought the first book was more fleshed out in its concept. However, both are still compelling, and i'd still recommend reading both instead of just the one.

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"if you are looking for an entertaining read with something to set you thinking then i can strongly recommend this book. it uses the story and characters of Pooh to illustrate the philosophy of Taoism. It is easy to read, funny and makes you look at the world in a new and fascinating way. It is in my opinion in the top ten books you should read before you die! "