This Collections Blog will be the first in a series of blogs from our Salve Regina volunteer, Clare Daly. Be sure to follow them here at redwoodlibrary.org!
A.A. Milne's 1926 classic Winnie-the-Pooh is beloved by children and adults alike. The edition found in the Redwood Library is from 1950, so while not the first edition, it is still a historical version of this novel. By the time this edition had been printed, it had been reprinted over 200 times! The simple language of the stories makes it easy for anyone to understand, and Milne makes this clear in the story, stating that “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Quotes like this one are part of what make Winnie-the-Pooh so memorable, even over 90 years after its first edition.
One of my favorite quotes is, “I don’t feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh. "There there," said Piglet. "I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”. Piglet’s offer to help a friend who is going through a rough patch is admirable and teaches a valuable lesson. If you’ve noticed a friend hasn’t been around much lately or is acting differently, give them a call or send them a text and check in. Often when someone is having a hard time, receiving a quick message or call can be very meaningful.
Another one I love is, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude”. Being grateful is one of the best things you can be, yet another worthwhile lesson from the mind of A.A. Milne. Studies have shown that practicing gratitude makes people healthier and happier throughout their lives. No matter how much you have, it is important to be thankful for what you do have. With Thanksgiving approaching, this lesson is a timely one!
Be sure to stop by the Redwood Library and see their edition of Winnie-the-Pooh. Most recently, the newest way to enjoy Winnie the Pooh is to watch the Disney film Christopher Robin, released in August 2018, so that you can get your fill of Pooh.