Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, decorated by Ernest H. Shepard, E.P. Dutton 1926. (Preschool/Elementary)
When Winnie-the-Pooh and House at Pooh Corner first came out in 1926, Dorothy Parker reviewed them. She famously wrote that she "frowed up". If I were reading the books as an adult without the view of children, I'd probably agree -- but then why would I be reading it as an adult? As I did read the books as a child and I do now have a child, however much I admire Ms. Parker, I'd have to disagree with her wittily caustic review. Winnie-the-Pooh is a delightful read for children.
The first illustration of Christopher Robin dragging Edward Bear down the stairs looked made me laugh because it looks very much like my son dragging Hop-Hop down the stairs, and Hop-Hop is his most cherished possession. E. H. Shepard is one of the best children's illustrators. The movement and spirit he captures in simple pen and ink drawings is nothing short of amazing.
Please note, there is no mention of Walt Disney in the above review. There is a reason for that.
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