Winnie-the-Pooh | Study Guide

A.A. Milne

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Winnie-the-Pooh | Introduction | Summary



Edward Bear is renamed Winnie-the-Pooh. His new name comes from Pooh, a swan, and Winnie, a tame bear at the London Zoo with whom Christopher Robin enjoys spending time. Piglet interrupts the narrator and is assured the book is very much about him as well as Winnie-the-Pooh, even though Pooh is the favorite, a fact the narrator chooses not to tell the character. The narrator decides to discontinue writing introductions and go on with the book.


The introduction sets the stage for the sly and self-mocking humor that defines Winnie-the-Pooh. It is here that adults, reading the book to children for the first time, realize it may be as enjoyable to them as it is to the children for whom it is meant. Milne's wordplay is notable mainly to those reading the book rather than hearing it. "There are some people who begin the Zoo at the beginning, called WAYIN."

Milne writes the introduction from a first-person point of view. As the narrator, he addresses "you," the reader. Then he shifts audience, and "you" becomes Piglet, a specific character in the book: "but Piglet is so small he slips into a pocket, where it is very comfortable to feel him when you are not quite sure whether twice seven is twelve or twenty-two." The narrator will occasionally step outside the story and address characters, the reader, or Christopher Robin, the narrator's son, who is also a character in the book.

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