Book of the Month
Our book of the month for May is the delightful children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh Meets the Queen, which is sure to be a favourite with all ages. This reimagining of the classic characters is the work of Jane Riordan and Mark Burgess, who have taken inspiration from the classic tales of A.A. Milne and the beautiful illustrations of E.H. Shepard.
The book follows the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends as they travel to London to deliver a special birthday hum to the Queen for her 90th birthday; what he doesn’t realise is that he is also celebrating a 90th birthday. This lovely story contains some truly beautiful illustrations by Mark Burgess which really capture the magic of the original books, whilst giving a tour of London and its many landmarks.
A.A. Milne wrote the first Winnie-the-Pooh book in 1926, basing the characters on the toys of his son, Christopher Robin Milne. A.A. Milne has his own connection to Westminster Abbey, as he attended Westminster School which sits within the precincts of the Abbey. He was awarded a Queen’s scholarship due to his ability in mathematics and started at the school in 1893. As his son grew older A.A. Milne lost his inspiration for writing the Winnie-the-Pooh stories; his last book about those characters was published in 1928. Despite Milne not writing any new material the books continued to be favourites around the world and their audience only grew when Disney brought them to life on screen in the 1960s. In the last ten years many children’s authors have decided to bring these beloved characters back, with sequels such as this one which continues the legacy of Milne’s work.
This book is recommended for children five years and up, but we think it would make a lovely gift for adults too as these characters have played a part in so many people’s childhoods over the last 91 years. You can purchase it by clicking here.
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