After stumbling upon a pretty convincing comment on Reddit describing the quality of The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff I decided $8 was worth satisfying my curiosity. I’m especially likely to impulsively buy a title like this when it’s brief enough I know I’ll be able to finish it in a couple sittings.

The Tao of Pooh
The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh is a book which attempts to explain Taoism through the characters and events in Winnie The Pooh. This truly shows itself to be a great idea, as the situations in 100 Akre Forest become the backdrop for demonstrating insightful Taoist ideals. Not only that, but the characters are great representations of different behavioral trends that we all exhibit at times. It’s effective enough I don’t think I can ever see Winnie The Pooh in the same light.

I found his book full of very useful, insightful information presented with very clear and simple language. Benjamin was very precise in the observations he made and the view points he described. The result is a read where the fundamentals of Taoism shine through the beautifully simple language A.A. Milne used in the original Winnie The Pooh. The gap between Lao-Tse and Milne is bridged easily by Hoff’s own commentary.

This is a title I’ll definitely be recommending to friends, if only for the educational value and insight into Eastern philosophy.

“If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won’t have very much. But if we add up the spaces between the rewards, we’ll come up with quite a bit.”