Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Return of Pooh

Eighty years on, Winnie the Pooh will be returning to Hundred Acre Wood in a sequel to be written by David Benedictus and illustrated by Mark Burgess. The book will be launched in October ... just in time to be a Christmas hit.

I am a great Pooh fan but he wasn't actually part of my childhood since I only discovered him from (less deprived!) friends at secondary school, but even at that advanced age, I was delighted by the books. And especially loved this poem :
The more it snows - tiddly pom
The more it snows - tiddly pom
The more it goes - tiddly pom
The more it goes - tiddly pom
On snowing

And nobody knows - tiddly pom
And nobody knows - tiddly pom
How cold my toes - tiddly pom
How cold my toes - tiddly pom
Are growing.
I was (and am) a simple soul!

10 comments:

gnute said...

I love this. My hubby used to read this to me at bedtime, along with Wind in the Willows, which was a real treat.

Anonymous said...

Ahem, ms gnute. May one ask, were you very young when you married? :-) :-)

Anonymous said...

I was more of a Paddington/Adrian Mole fan. Anyway, I suppose it's the custom in some countries for husbands to read to wives.

I like the tile of her blog though, full of sound and fury. That's one of the qoutes I'll always remember. That and Dylan Thomas' "Do not go gentle" :)

Books are failing becuase authors are no longer interested in th human condition.

Anonymous said...

Gosh what would I do w/o editors :P

Anonymous said...

For husbands to read to wives? The custom? I can't speak for Lydia, but lots of couples I know read to each other (wives read to husbands too, you know!), Anonymous, and it's not what we consider a "custom" -- we do it because it's nice to read to someone and be read to, because we both love the same books (children's books *and* other books -- Dickens is a great one for reading aloud), and because it's a cheap form of entertainment on winter afternoons. It's not so different from watching a movie together. And before television, I think people used to read to each other all the time; it was an activity for the whole family. I remember them doing that in The Little House on The Prarie books.

-- Preeta

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant gnute, not Lydia -- for some reason I thought the original comment was from Lydia Teh.

-- PS

Anonymous said...

I called it a "custom" for lack of a better word - maybe you could find another one.. practice perhaps I don't know. I like "custom" though.

Anyway, it's not usually done over here, I mean, did your mother read "Winnie the Pooh" to your father? I bet she didn't. It's just not done over here, I'll give you 10 to 1 odds that most wives here don't read to their husbands. It's just not done here. I recently heard from a Finnish friend that it's not considered strange to be sitting naked in a sauna with your parents. Bet most haven;t done that though.

Anonymous said...

Continued :

And um..

Tiddly Pom.

Anonymous said...

My parents didn't read to each other because they had too many others going on in their lives, and not all good things -- my grandfather, however, read to my grandmother. You are probably right that most wives anywhere in the world don't read to their husbands, or vice versa. That's neither here nor there; it still isn't a custom, just something that some of us like to do and others don't.....

PS

The Siege Malvar said...

tiddly porn?????

Oh. Sorry. My eyes are bad from writing. hehehe...