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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Mar 22, 2015

If the introduction in the William Scott Wilson translation of the Tao te Ching was went over your head for being formal and/or expository this book might "do the trick" in explaining Daoism and/or being a kind of addendum to what William Scott Wilson was saying in the intro to his translation.

Albiet this book will do that in a narrative sort of way with the characters from the Winnie the Pooh series,frequently citing the original A.A. Milne stories. By that same token, it can be seen amusingly be seen as a interpretation of the A.A. Milne stories in a philosophical-religious lens. An intriguing take on a Disney franchise known to not really be lively.

If it's one thing I've gotten from this book is that Daoism is not about being heady. Quite the opposite; the emptiness of not having knowledge does not mean stupidity and it's interesting how by showing the doings of Winnie the Pooh, the clarity and authenticity of simple doings can be shown to be a good thing. Makes me feel (ironically) tempted to look into the epistemology of Daoism ^_^ !.

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?

Dec 18, 2013

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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.

Apr 02, 2013

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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