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Contrary to the title this is a lovely part of one of our favorites stories on the cd, the collections. My daughter bought this a few years ago when Jack was about three and hated sitting in his car seat in the back of the car. The radio collection features the voice of Alan Bennett and although I've heard Stephen Fry's version, I still prefer this one, simply because Alan Bennett has such a rich, rolling tone to his voice.
Winnie the Pooh is an all times children's much-loved book and there have been numerous spin-off items from A.A.Milne's classic tales. Jack (my grandson) has all the books and still keeps the little hardback readers from when he was a baby. These have some delightful little tunes and that gave my daughter the idea of buying the book collection on CD.
What's on it?
Only some of the best stories from Pooh Corner and other adventures. It's a collection over two CD's and each story is read by Alan Bennett and usually has a little song with it. Each story is about ten minutes long, enough to hold a child's interest but not too much to become tedious to adults. I know that my daughter and son-in-law have started to tire of these, but Jack loves sharing things with me and we always sing along when something is suitable.
Until I heard the cd I didn't know the tune to some of Pooh's little songs but now I know them well. Bennett's voice is superb for these; he really sounds like a grumpy little bear that is pottering along singing to himself. Each little story usually contains one song and this adds to the back-seat fun.
Winnie tries to get some honey.
The little bear is walking along the wood and sees a tree full of bees and (as he says to himself), where there are bees there is honey. But how does he get the honey without becoming stung? Then he sees Christopher Robin and asks if he has a blue balloon. Of course this leads to all sorts of complications with Pooh suggesting he floats with the balloon (first rolling in mud so he looks like a black cloud). This is where the cloud song comes in and if you haven't heard it before, here is a sample.
'How nice to be a cloud,
Floating in the sky..'
Various attempts at being a floaty rainy looking cloud bring Pooh down to ground with a bump and, of course, this makes everyone giggle.
There are plenty of adventures on this Cd and one of my favorites is when Pooh and Piglet stamp around in the snow, seeing their own paw prints and thinking there are monsters on the loose. I have to do Piglet's little nervous voice as he tries to be brave but fails. Jack does Pooh quite well now; I think my grandson might have a future on stage! Everyone in the car HAS to sing the snow song that is very repetitive.
'The more it snows, Pom tiddley pom,
The more it goes..tiddley pom! I'm sure you get the idea.
There's a good story where Eyeore's house gets moved by Pooh and Piglet, imagining they are helping him. I do Eyore quite well (says Jack), It's fun being grumpy and moaning about my diet of thistles. We have done this little story in a park playing out all the characters, believe me it's exhausting.
There is a track with the story of Eyore losing his tail, one about a rather special party, another about digging a pit for a fierce monster and what a delight! Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit's hole after eating too much. He has to stop eating for a week to slim down and get out. This is so droll we all start laughing as Rabbit asks if he can hang his tea towels on Pooh's legs since they are doing nothing else.
I would go on and on but it's so much fun discovering it with your child. Discover together the frightening tale of the Heffalump, the day that Pooh has an idea- this Pooh of little brain, as he calls himself. You can see why children and adults love this so much. It takes us back to the days when we made up stories about our own much-loved toys.
Apart from keeping your child entertained it also can trigger questions even in an older child and give them confidence to try reading for themselves. I wish I'd had something like this when I was a girl, packed in my dad's old car with my brothers and sisters all squabbling.
I can find this on Amazon for £8.73 and I'm 99% certain it's the one my daughter has. It doesn't list the tracks or the number so I can't tell, but the audio book is called The BBC collections, so it must be the same.
Recommended by Jack and I who love the antics of Pooh & co.
Thanks for reading.
©Lisa Fuller 2011.
My daughter loves winnie the pooh,so when she got one of these readalong books for her 2nd birthday she was thrilled to bits. The one she has got is Winnie Poo and a day for Eeyore.The story tape is about 10mins long and is easy to follow with the book.On one side you have promps to turn the page and sound effects.On the other side is just the normal story. The book is good well written and colourful.All the writing is in quite large print and I follow it with my fingers when reading to Jess so she can see the words. The pictures are lovely and bright and Jess can tell loads of made up stories from them aswell as the taped one. Its nice that you can use both the tape and book or each on their own.Ive taken the tape out in the car an its keeps her quiet on long and short jouneys. I would recommend these types of books as its good to read and listen too as they learn more from them. Most kiddies enjoy reading with adults too.
Alan Bennett gives A.A. Milne's characters the voices you felt they were always meant to have in this collection of stories about Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl.