It's been more than eighty years since Christopher Robin left the Hundred Acre Wood at the end of The House at Pooh Corner. Yet the devotion to Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Owl and -- my personal hero -- Eeyore has remained strong. Walt Disney, of course has put the Pooh characters on the screen, and various storybooks have been published related to the Disney version.
However, this month for the first time since A. A. Milne's death, a sequel to the Pooh books has appeared with the authorization of the Milne estate. It is called, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, and Accent on Books will mark the occasion with a tea party this coming Saturday morning, starting at 11:00.
The new book is by David Benedictus, with "decorations" by Mark Burgess, and it is a joy for those who love the writing and illustrating styles of Milne and E. H. Shepard. All the favorite characters are here and are joined by a new one. And who or what is the new one? I'll just say she's introduced in Chapter 4, "in which it stops raining forever, and something slinky comes out of the river."
So join us this coming Saturday morning for tea, honey (of course!) and other goodies and feel free to bring your favorite bear or tiger or piglet or other Animal of Great Renown. We'll eat, drink and have fun with some of the greatest characters in children's literature.