Last Friday, on NPR’s Morning Edition, I was gifted with the chance to relive a tiny bit of my childhood. I got to hear recordings from the original Hundred Acre Wood adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Writer David Benedictus has been granted the awesome task of writing a new chapter–or ten–to the Hundred Acre Wood series of stories. The new series has been penned Return to the Hundred Acre Wood and is indicative of one of the series’ apparent common themes: Christopher Robin’s return to his old childhood friends after he’s grown up a bit.
Originally crafted by A. A. Milne in 1926 and illustrated by E. H. Shepard, Benedictus has worked for years to research every little bit about Pooh and his friends–including visiting the stretch of forest that Milne apparently took refuge in as inspiration for his own writings. In his interview with Lynn Neary, Benedictus states that he believes he’s done a great job in recreating the imaginary land of Pooh, Piglet and the others, and even added a new character for audiences to love:
“Benedictus says one decision that involved some wrangling was the creation of a new character; he was determined there should be one, though his first concept — a grass snake — was not well-received.
‘There were those who thought a grass snake would be too scary for children,” explains Benedictus. So instead, the new character became Lottie the Otter, whom the author describes as “a bit of a snob and … a bit catty, too.'”
The new series is available now for a bargain price of $10.99 soft/$13.99 hardcover. I’m not generally in the business of promoting products on this blog but–what an awesome gift this would make for a family with kids at just the right age!
If you could request another one of your childhood favorites be recreated…what would it be?
For me–definitely Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.