Winnie-the-Pooh | Study Guide

A.A. Milne

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Winnie-the-Pooh | Chapter 10 : In Which Christopher Robin Gives Pooh a Party and We Say Goodbye | Summary

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Christopher Robin gives Winnie-the-Pooh a party for saving Piglet. Owl invites everyone. Pooh makes up an "Anxious Pooh" song, afraid he will not be credited with the rescue. Eeyore has a difficult time believing he is invited and predicts rain. The party is a success; Roo is so excited he chokes on his milk. Christopher Robin announces he has a gift, and everyone quiets down. Eeyore begins an acceptance speech, leaving Pooh both confused and doleful, but Roo interrupts. Christopher Robin finds the gift and passes it to Pooh. Eeyore is not surprised by the action. No one pays attention to Eeyore's complaints, as all are gathered around Pooh and his gift: a special pencil case. Everyone but Eeyore leaves happily, and the story ends.

Christopher Robin, the boy to whom the stories are addressed, then brings his bear, bump bump bump, up the stairs, to go have his bath.

Analysis

This story ends with everything back in its place; Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet are happy and walk off together, Eeyore is miserable, Roo is excited, Rabbit is in charge of his friends and relations, and Owl uses large words to obfuscate real meaning.

Piglet asks Pooh what he thinks of in the mornings when he wakes up, and Pooh responds, "What's for breakfast?" Piglet says he wonders what exciting thing will happen that day. Pooh responds characteristically it is really the same thing. And that is Winnie-the-Pooh in a nutshell; small adventures are rendered large and immortalized, breakfast—or food—is something to look forward to, and a boy and his bear can always hear another story in the morning.

With the end of the Pooh stories, the third-person narrator relinquishes his position to the first person, and Milne steps into the frame story once again, speaking with Christopher Robin as father and son. The book concludes in reverse of the way it began, with the boy bumping his beloved toy up the stairs to have a bath and get ready for bed.

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