Winnie-the-Pooh | Study Guide

A.A. Milne

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Winnie-the-Pooh | Chapter 9 : In Which Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water | Summary



After days of rain, with water up to his windows, lonely and anxious Piglet throws a message in a bottle, hoping for rescue. Really, he thinks, it is no good to have exciting things like floods, if there is no one to share them with.

Winnie-the-Pooh, exhausted when the rain started by a sole expedition to find the East Pole, sleeps and sleeps, dreaming of the East Pole as his feet and legs get colder by the moment. He wakes to water at his feet and escapes to a broad tree branch, bringing his pots of honey with him. On the morning of the fourth day of Pooh's sojourn in the tree, his honey supply depleted, he sees Piglet's message float by. Thinking it a pot of honey, Pooh plunges into the water. Pooh can't read the "missage" but assumes it is for him because it has a P for Pooh. After some thought, he fashions a boat from a honey pot and uses it to deliver the message to Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin, safe at home at the top of the forest, spends rainy days inside thinking. When Pooh arrives, he is ready for company. He reads Piglet's message and immediately decides to rescue him. He is impressed with Pooh's ingenuity, but The Floating Bear isn't big enough for two. However, he is further impressed when Pooh suggests they use his umbrella as a vehicle to rescue Piglet. Christopher Robin names his umbrella boat The Brain of Pooh, and the two set off. Meanwhile Owl, dispatched to alert Piglet of the upcoming rescue, bores Piglet to sleep with a story about his great aunt, and Piglet falls out of his window, only to be rescued from the roaring water by Owl. Pooh and Christopher Robin arrive to ferry Piglet to safety. Piglet is thrilled to see them. The author gets tired and ends the story.


The rain leaves Christopher Robin on an island. Although living on an island may be quite an adventure, for the first time he cannot get to his beloved companions. Worried, and with only Owl for reassurance, Christopher Robin shows himself to be worthy of the great love and respect the animals have for him. He is also shown to be a real boy, both vulnerable and fallible, regardless of the absolute trust the others have placed in him.

When faced with the task of rescuing Piglet, Christopher Robin doesn't have all the answers, as he has had in the past. He cannot figure out how to get to his friend. Although anxious, frightened, and very small, Piglet actually saves himself in this story; he makes a plan, executes it, and is ultimately rescued. Winnie-the-Pooh shows his genius in using a honey pot to get to Christopher Robin's and then more so, suggesting an umbrella as a vehicle to rescue Piglet. Pooh and Piglet grow up a bit in this story.

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