Astrid, July 4, 2009 (view all comments by Astrid)
Hoff explores the principles of Taoism through the characters and stories of Winnie the Pooh. This book is a charming and enjoyable read. I remember laughing out loud more than a few times! Hoff uses simple storytelling to explain a philosophy that's all about appreciating the simple things in life. Pooh is the perfect character to illustrate the 'go with the flow' attitude of Taoism. This book is one of my favorites - it's definitely worth reading (and rereading). It changed the way I think about life.
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William Bohrer, September 16, 2008 (view all comments by William Bohrer)
I picked up a copy of this book when it was first published umpteen years back before there was the Internet and online shopping at such venerable institutions like Powells.com, and found it to be a great introduction to Daoism and Chinese spiritual traditions in general. The appeal will probably be lost if you are not fond of Pooh, or familiar with the Pooh stories and characters.
It has always annoyed me that most brick and mortar bookstores still struggle with where to shelve this book, and by and large stick it on the humor shelf next to P.J. O'Rourke and Dave Barry and Garfield collections. This book is certainly amusing, but is also a genuine reflection on how Winnie the Pooh really seems to be the embodiment of a still and calm nature. The fact that it is still in print speaks to its appeal.
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shiseidosky, June 19, 2008 (view all comments by shiseidosky)
I'm about half-way through this book right now, and I already adore it. I like it because explains the concepts of taoism and how they can be applied to every day life. It teaches you how get more enjoyment out of life by simplifying your thoughts and learning to just BE. I highly recommend it :)
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Kenny, December 3, 2006 (view all comments by Kenny)
Great analaysis of Winnie the pooh and Taoism. Also, a great introduction to Taoism if you are new to the subject. Interesting, entertaining, and easy to read! Great read!
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by Library Journal,
"In a clear and crisp voice, Hoff explains the central tenets of Taoism and further illustrates them with familiar excerpts from The House at Pooh Corner stories, Chinese proverbs, maxims, and tales from Lao Tzu and others. The result is at once thought-provoking and charming. This is a small literary event that will leave all who experience it a little more serene."
The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?
One of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese, or a venerable philosopher, but is in fact none other than A. A. Milne's effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear Winnie-the-Pooh. While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that's the clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.
For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet
The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.
And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.
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