on an Epotition
to find the North Pole.
In Winnie-the-Pooh's life the best parts
of childhood and adulthood join together from the child's point
of view. Winnie-the-Pooh is a happy-going bachelor who does not
have a family to burden or to delight him. Pooh also has time for
lots of things he likes to do, without any obligations. This is
an ideal situation which fascinates all people irrespective of age.
Milne's play with words also appeals
to readers of all ages. For example, in the episode in which Christopher
Robin leads an Expotition to the North Pole, the exciting thing
is that the characters don't know what they are looking for, but
they still keep looking.
For far too many young people the classics
of children's literature are largely usurped by television. Sam
Torode describes the epithany of discovering Edward Bear during
his college years. He recalls how afternoons spent listening to
his professors and fellow students read A. A. Milne were among his
fondest memories of college.
Perhaps the most striking thing about
Torode's article is his description of how the A. A. Milne society
was formed and how "weary students, joined by a smattering
of faculty members, reclined on the floor, sitting or lying on plush
carpet squares" and listened as people took turn reading about
the bear of very little brain.
Recently I sat my Year 7 class down on
the carpet to tell them a story and we will repeat this exercise
regularly. There is absolutely no doubt that the classroom dynamics
change when we all sit together on the floor.
1. Recall your favourite childhood story
and write down as much of the storyline as you can can remember
without looking at the text. After you have finished locate a copy
of the story and check to see what you have remembered and what
you have ommitted.
2. Make a cubby house, fill it with lots
of cushions, make a cup of tea and sit reading a favourite childhood
3. Set out on an expotition!
4. Try running through the sprinklers.