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WINNIE-THE-POOH by A. A. Milne

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin

A. A. Milne's Pooh stories have been loved by generations of children ever since they were first published in 1926

In his autobiography, Milne wrote: "The animals in the stories came for the first part from the nursery.

"My collaborator (his wife) had already given them individual voices, their owner by constant affection had given them the twist in their features which denotes character, and Ernest Shepard drew them, as one might say, from the living model."

I have been reading this classic to my granddaughter and have taken the liberty of posting some chapters on this page.

You can never tell with bees, says Pooh
You can never tell with bees, says Pooh
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Chapter 1: in which we are introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and some Bees, and the stories begin.

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.  It is as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping and think of it.

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Rabbit finds something to eat
Rabbit finds something to eat
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Chapter 2: in which Pooh goes visiting and gets in a tight place.

Edward Bear, known to his friends as Winnie-the-Pooh, or Pooh for short, was walking through the Forest one day, humming proudly to himself.  He had made up a little hum that very morning, as he wasdoing his Stoutness Exercises in front of the glass,: Tra-la-la, tra-la-la, as he stretched up as high as he could go, and then Tra-la-la, tra-la - oh, help!

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Rabbit finds something to eat
Do you think it's a Woozle?
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Chapter 3: in which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle.

The Piglet lived in a very grand house in the middle of a beech tree, and the beech tree was in the middle of the Forest, and the Piglet lived in the middle of the house.  Next to his house was a piece of broken board which had: 'TRESPASSERS W' on it.

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Rabbit finds something to eat
Eyeore finds his tail
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Chapter 4: in which Eyeore loses a tail and Pooh finds one.

The Old Grey Donkey, Eyeore, stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things.  Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, 'Why?' and sometimes he thought, 'Wherefore?' and sometimes he thought, 'Inasmuch as which?' - and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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	Heffalumps chases Piglet in his dreams
Heffalumps chases Piglet in his dreams
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Chapter 5: in which Piglet meets a Heffalump.

One day, when Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet were all talking together, Christopher Robin finished the mouthful he was eating and said carelessly: 'I saw a Heffalump to-day, Piglet.'
'What was it doing?' asked Piglet.
'Just lumping along,' said Christopher Robin, 'I don't think it saw me.'

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Piglet runs with a huge balloon
Piglet runs with a huge balloon
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Chapter 6: in which Eyeore has a birthday and gets two presents.

Eyeore, the old grey Donkey, stood by the side of the stream, and looked at himself in the water.
'Pathetic,' he said. 'That's what it is. Pathetic.'
He turned and walked slowly down the stream for twenty yards, splashed across it, and walked slowly back on the other side. Then he looked at himself in the water again.

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	Kanga and Roo jumping
Kanga and Roo jumping
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Chapter 7: in which Kanga and Baby Roo come to the forest, and Piglet has a bath.

Nobody seemed to know where they came from, but there they were in the Forest: Kanga and Baby Roo. When Pooh asked Christpher Robin, 'How did they come here?' Christopher Robin said, 'In the Usual way, if you know what i mean, Pooh,' and Pooh, who didn't said 'Oh!'

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