Sunday, July 28, 2013

The World of Christopher Robin: Mini-Review

The World of Christopher Robin contains both When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six--two works of poetry for the young which I read in separate editions when I was a small person.  When I became a grownup with my own small person, I got this delightfully illustrated ("with new illustrations in full color") to share with my son.  He wasn't quite as interested in the poems as he was in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.  I couldn't really blame him.  I seem to remember being a bit disappointed that there wasn't more Christopher Robin and Pooh in these books myself--at first.  But then I fell in love with the poems, so it came out all right anyway.

Rereading these poems was much more of an exercise in nostalgia than reading the Pooh books.  I can remember why I liked them (and I still smile over quite a lot of them)--but they don't hold the charm for me quite the way Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner do.  It was a nice stroll down memory lane--and I'll keep the four star rating for that--but I don't somehow think I'll be reading them again unless my son presents me with a grandchild in the future.

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