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Winnie-the-Pooh | Plot Summary

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Introduction

Winnie-the-Pooh, formerly known as Edward Bear, is a stuffed bear and companion to the author's young son, Christopher Robin. In introducing the characters, the author explains that Pooh was a swan belonging to Christopher Robin and Winnie a tame bear that Christopher Robin visits often in the London Zoo.

Another of Christopher Robin's stuffed animals, Piglet, appears, envious of the attention Pooh receives. Although Pooh is the favorite, Piglet can step out of the story and accompany Christopher Robin to school because he is small enough to fit into the boy's pocket. Piglet is thus receiving an education, of which Pooh is not the least bit envious.

Chapter 1: In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin

Winnie-the-Pooh follows Christopher Robin everywhere, bumping down the stairs and always thinking there must be a better way down. Not very smart or educated, Pooh often finds himself in difficult situations. When Christopher Robin asks for some Pooh stories on behalf of Pooh, who is shy but likes stories about himself, the author complies and begins his tales.

While walking in the forest, Pooh hears bees buzzing. Thinking he can obtain honey, he disguises himself as a rain cloud and flies up to a beehive while tethered to a large blue balloon. Trying to fool the bees, Christopher Robin marches under the Pooh cloud with an umbrella, prepared for rain. The bees become suspicious, and Pooh decides they are the wrong kind of bees. Pooh realizes he has no plan to get down. Christopher Robin shoots the balloon down, and Pooh returns to earth.

Chapter 2: In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place

Pooh visits Rabbit and eats too much honey. He can no longer fit through Rabbit's doorway and is stuck: legs inside Rabbit's home, head outside, and belly jammed tight. Rabbit calls Christopher Robin who puts Winnie-the-Pooh on a diet. Christopher Robin allows the bear no food but reads him sustaining books. Rabbit hangs his laundry on Pooh's legs. A week passes, Pooh loses weight, and the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood pull him out like a cork.

Chapter 3: In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle

Pooh and Piglet notice mysterious tracks in the snow. A new animal seems to join their quarry every time they go around Piglet's tree. Pooh and Piglet grow increasingly anxious; they want to catch a Woozle, and yet a Woozle may be a fearsome creature. Suddenly, there are three animals—perhaps two Woozles and a Wizzle. Piglet, frightened and reassured only slightly by the sight of Christopher Robin, runs off, glad to be out of danger. Christopher Robin describes what he has seen from his perch on a branch atop Piglet's tree: Pooh going around the spinney twice, Piglet joining him, and the two of them rounding the spinney a third time. Pooh realizes he has been seeing his own paw prints.

Chapter 4: In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One

Eeyore is particularly sad. Pooh notices Eeyore's tail is missing, giving him something real to mope about. Eeyore is sure someone deliberately stole his tail; Pooh gallantly offers to find it. He goes to Owl, who knows "something about something," for advice. Pulling on Owl's bell pull, Pooh thinks it looks vaguely familiar. Owl claims to have found the bell pull in the woods. Pooh realizes it is Eeyore's tail and brings it back to Eeyore. Christopher Robin nails it back on to Eeyore. Eeyore is as happy as he has ever been, and Pooh goes home to have a snack.

Chapter 5: In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump

After Christopher Robin casually mentions having seen a Heffalump, Pooh and Piglet decide to create a trap in which to capture one. Piglet digs a large hole while Pooh returns home to get a jar of honey to bait the trap. Pooh eats the bulk of the honey on the way back and arrives with a nearly empty jar. Piglet puts the jar at the bottom of the hole, and the friends return to their homes. Pooh can't sleep; he is hungry and wants honey. He remembers the mostly eaten jar at the bottom of the Heffalump trap and goes to find it. Once in the pit, Pooh is reunited with the small bit of honey left over. Meanwhile Piglet can't sleep because he is having frightening dreams about Heffalumps. He decides to check the trap, knowing he will be able to sleep if there is no Heffalump. What Piglet sees in the pit frightens him so much that he runs to Christopher Robin's house. Piglet and Christopher Robin return to the trap to find Pooh with his head stuck in a jar of honey, bumping it on a tree root to get unstuck. Ashamed of being foolish, Piglet runs to bed with a headache.

Chapter 6: In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents

Pooh learns from a morose Eeyore that it is his birthday. Eeyore sarcastically tells him to look at all his presents and cake which, naturally, are nonexistent. Pooh runs home to find a gift for Eeyore, bumping into Piglet on the way. Pooh decides to give Eeyore a jar of honey and sends Piglet off to bring Eeyore a gift as well. Piglet decides on a balloon, left from his own party. Pooh, forgetting why he took the jar of honey down, realizes it is time for his snack and eats all the honey. Suddenly, he is faced with giving Eeyore an empty jar. He has Owl inscribe the jar and brings it to Eeyore. Meanwhile Piglet pops his balloon on the way to Eeyore's. Eeyore is not surprised when Pooh gives him an empty jar and Piglet a popped balloon. Then he realizes he can put the popped balloon into the empty jar and is momentarily happy. Christopher Robin, upon hearing the story, recalls he gave Eeyore paints as a gift and was not there because he was preparing an actual party with presents and cake.

Chapter 7: In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath

Kanga and Roo arrive in the forest, much to Rabbit's displeasure. Rabbit concocts a plan to kidnap Roo and return him only if Kanga promises to leave the forest. Pooh will distract Kanga; Rabbit will snatch Roo; and Piglet, being a very small animal, will jump into Kanga's pocket, masquerading as Roo. When Kanga discovers the subterfuge, all three will say "Aha" and demand her immediate departure from the forest. However, Kanga pretends not to believe Piglet isn't Roo and forces him to take medicine and then a bath. Meanwhile Roo and Rabbit become great friends. Christopher Robin, not recognizing the now clean Piglet, renames him Pootel, or Henry Pootel for short. Piglet runs off and gets dirty again.

Chapter 8: In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole

Christopher Robin recruits the animals in the Hundred Acre Wood to go on an expedition to discover the North Pole. No one is quite sure what the North Pole is, but they know it is something one discovers. Christopher Robin instructs Pooh to bring provisions and to get the others. He excitedly finds Rabbit and Piglet and soon everyone is assembled, including Rabbit's friends and relations. Eeyore complains loudly, and the group begins the journey. Pooh makes up a song but must stop singing when Christopher Robin finds a dangerous place—just the place for an ambush. He has everyone eat their provisions so there is less to carry. Eeyore has none but finds a thistle bush. Christopher Robin admits to Rabbit he has forgotten what the North Pole looks like; Rabbit admits the same to Christopher Robin. They agree they must be looking for a pole. Roo falls into a waterfall and travels with the water from stream to stream. Eeyore puts his tail in the water for Roo to grab hold of. Pooh finds a pole and pulls Roo out. No one tells Eeyore, who remains with his tail in the water. Christopher Robin announces Pooh has found the North Pole and the expedition is over. He makes a sign announcing the discovery, dries Eeyore's tail, and everyone goes home happy again. Pooh is particularly proud of himself.

Chapter 9: In Which Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded by Water

After days of rain, with water up to his windows, lonely and anxious Piglet throws a message in a bottle for rescue. Pooh is awakened by water at his feet and escapes to a tree branch, bringing pots of honey with him. On the morning of the fourth day of Pooh's sojourn in the tree, he sees Piglet's message float by. Thinking the bottle is a pot of honey, he plunges into the water. Pooh can't read the "missage" but makes a boat out of a honey pot to deliver the message to Christopher Robin, who is impressed with Pooh's ingenuity and 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 to rescue Piglet. Meanwhile Owl has been dispatched to alert Piglet of the upcoming rescue. Owl 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 narrator gets tired and ends the story.

Chapter 10: In Which Christopher Robin Gives Pooh a Party, and We Say Good-bye

Christopher Robin decides to give Winnie-the-Pooh a party for saving Piglet. Owl invites everyone. Pooh makes up a song about his rescue, concerned no one will know what the party is for. Eeyore has a difficult time believing he is actually invited and predicts rain. The party is a great success; Roo is so excited he chokes on his milk. Christopher Robin announces he has a gift; Eeyore begins to give an acceptance speech when he is told the gift is for Pooh. It is 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 have his bath.

Winnie-the-Pooh Plot Diagram

ClimaxFalling ActionRising ActionIntroductionResolution2134675

Introduction

1 Pooh and some of the other characters are introduced.

Rising Action

2 Pooh's acts show a big heart, big appetite, and small brain.

3 Kanga and Roo arrive, but Rabbit wants them gone.

4 The rains begin, trapping Piglet.

Climax

5 Pooh devises a plan and uses an umbrella to rescue Piglet.

Falling Action

6 Christopher Robin makes a party for Pooh.

Resolution

7 Christopher Robin, with Pooh, goes upstairs for a bath.

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