Milne, Pooh, and the Difference that Books can make - LCC Learning

Posted on 18th January, 2018 by

Today, on the 18th of January, LCC Learning celebrates the birthday of A. A. (Alan Alexander) Milne, a celebrated children’s author, playwright, novelist and poet. He is best known for his much beloved classic Winnie the Pooh which has captured the hearts of readers since its publication in 1926.

According to his biographer, Ann Thwaite, Milne remembered his childhood as a ‘great, good time’ and these happy memories are evident in the stories and poetry that he writes for children. His works are distinguished by being both fun and intellectually stimulating for young readers. The fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear presented in Winnie the Pooh is an obvious example of Milne’s ability to create interesting characters that are still accessible to children. What’s more, seldom has an author been able to convincingly write from a young child’s point of view and Milne’s ability to capture the voice of Christopher Robin (who is based on his own son) allows children to immerse themselves more fully in a fictional world that seems entirely built for them. For example, most of the adventures, that he writes, happen because of some form of “child logic” and its often comical incongruities. At the same time, Milne often uses these absurd moments to give children an underlying educational message:

‘If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear’ – from Winnie the Pooh.

Not only does reading improve language skills and creativity, writer’s like Milne also have important lessons that they communicate to children through the fictional worlds that they create for them. Winnie the Pooh teaches us the value of being patient, kind and respectful towards others – it is just the type of book that LCC Learning recommends to its young readers. Personal tutoring at LCC Learning is offered to ages 5-18 and welcomes students of all reading levels and abilities. Click here to learn more about LCC Learning and its educational ethos. Alternatively, you can call 020 7661 1680 or email us at   

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