Published in 1928 this is the sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh. This second volume of stories contains ten chapters, each a story with an adventure of sorts that Christopher Robin and his toys go on. The House at Pooh Corner is important because it’s the book where Tigger is introduced. It’s hard to imagine we may have had Winnieithe-Pooh without Tigger, perhaps it would have been another toy instead if Christopher Robin’s mother had chosen differently. I used to think it was Kanga and Roo who were introduced in the second book but it was actually Tigger. Possibly because Tigger took off with such popularity and Kanga and Roo were less notable that I thought they were later introductions.
I love this book as much as the first one, the stories are beautiful and there are some wonderful important moments about friendship and kindness, and I think Eeyore is so delightful and the relationship between Pooh and Piglet really shines. The game of Pooh Sticks is also created in one of these stories, and it includes a slightly older Christopher Robin, growing up and heading off to school. This is a heartbreaking book in a way, Christopher Robin realises he is growing up and it makes some wonderfully moving monents that make you (me specifically), very teary and emotional.
I think the first book outshines this a bit, or maybe people merge them into one book, but House at Pooh Corner is a grand little book in its own right and deserves to be seen as its own book, not confused and muddled in with all things Winnie the Pooh.
Pooh Corner is mentioned in the famous Kenny Loggins song titled Return to Pooh Corner, and oh my goodness if you haven’t heard it you must. It will crush your heart and make you nostalgic and all kinds of emotional. I adore it to no end and I proper cry everytime I hear it. Not as connected to this book in terms of story but Pooh Corner is where a lot of things happen once it has been created so it deserves a mention (plus it’s a gorgeous song and I need to mention it somewhere). Both this book and the song are wonderful about growing up and being young and carefree and friendship. I’m getting all teary thinking about them both now so I’m going to stop there and resist the urge to listen to the song.