Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Goes Visiting and Other Stories (英語) CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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In which we are introduced
In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place
In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle
In which Eeyore loses a tail and Pooh finds one
In which Piglet is entirely surrounded by water
In which Christopher Robin gives a Pooh Party, and we say good-bye.
AA Milne was born in London and lived from 1882-1956. He was the successful author of plays and books for children and adults, and is best known for his Christopher Robin stories - Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We are Six.
語数 1,600 YL 1.5
And yet, I didn't want to break down and go the route of the Disney-fied Pooh books, with their cartoonish illustrations and watered-down plots and characters.
That's why I was so pleased to find the Easy-to-Read series. There are six easy-to-read titles from two publishers. They are:
Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees
Pooh Goes Visiting
Eeyore Has a Birthday
Tigger Comes to the Forest
Christopher Robin Leads an Expedition
Pooh Invents a New Game
Each book is based on one chapter from the complete works. These little books are divided into four chapters, although it should be no problem to read one from start to finish in one sitting.
The print is large and well spaced, and there are ample illustrations (the original drawings by E.H. Shepard) on every page spread to keep little eyes engaged in the story. Most important, the editor has removed most of the passages that aren't so kid friendly and has simplified the stories without giving them a Disney style candy coating. One could read the original story and then the easy-to-read version and get the same basic plot; when going from the Milne works to the Disney versions, the same is certainly not true.
I didn't give these books five stars because the editor retained some language and dialogue that may be a bit confusing for children in the intended age range. Nevertheless, these books are a wonderful introduction to a classic cast of characters for the preschool set.
Milne's classic is different from Disney's version, yet the charm does not differ that much. Pooh is a character who is very relatable to children, and the story serves as a quick, light-hearted read that is enjoyable beyond time.
Overall, when listening to this CD, I have the feeling of being at a performance that has tried as much as possible to create the spatiality of a child's imagination. There is an openness created through the spare music, through the slower pace, and the oh-so-British understatement of Stephen Fry as Pooh.
Did I mention that Judi Dench performs Kanga on these CDs with an Australian accent? How bloody appropriate!
Parents will love their memories of Jeeves and Wooster and As Time Goes By that come flooding back when Dench, Palmer, and Fry work their magic.
My only criticism is that Christopher Robin is a bit, shall we say, overacted. But then again he is a child, and children, or ours at least, like him very much.
For those who would want their children to grow up with taste, style, intelligence, and wit--this is a CD that ought not to be missed.