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The Tao of Pooh

Hoff, Benjamin, 1946-

(Paperback - 1983)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Tao of Pooh
Author/narrator Hoff calls Winnie the Pooh a "Western Taoist'' and uses the unassuming bear to introduce Eastern philosophical principles. Pooh epitomizes the "uncarved block,'' as he is well in tune with his natural inner self.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1983
ISBN: 0140067477
Branch Call Number: 828 Milne H
Characteristics: xii, 158 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.


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Jan 05, 2015
  • dylankemp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love it.
An easy read for anyone from about the age of ten, all the way up, especially those of us who love/d Winnie the Pooh stories. I read a chapter every day for a week or two, and hoomed and hommed on each idea. Explains the philosophy of Taoism in a straightforward way. Turns out I am a Taoist. Are you?

aaron from Island bike

Sep 03, 2013
  • justslide rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

For such a small book about Taoism and Pooh, it is filed with so much insight and meaning. I really enjoyed reading Hofff's ideas and explorations through the funny little world of pooh bear and the connections it has with taoism.

Jul 02, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Before reading this book, I knew Pooh but didn't know Tao. --- From that perspective, I'm not sure it entirely does justice to Pooh, because it puts a frame on Milne's stories that doesn't quite fit; it reinterprets them to suit Hoff's ends and misses the meaning and fun I took from them in my reading. --- It seems, though, without knowing more to judge by, a decent introduction to Tao. I feel I have a basic idea what it is, at least, and a simple concept to associate with the word when I hear it used. --- Most importantly, I'm intrigued and would be interested in learning more.

Light but insightful read, and simple introduction to Taoism.

Dec 28, 2011
  • lynnmarie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book. It provides insight to life through the classic Pooh character.

Jul 19, 2011
  • readingcow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read... Each person from your everyday life can be found in one of the Pooh characters! Provides new meaning and lessons learned from the classic Pooh stories.


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