The Tao of Pooh


The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world’s great Taoist masters isn’t Chinese–or a venerable philosopher–but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I’m not going to lie – this should have been a quick read, but it took me forever.  I think it was an interesting and potentially fun perspective on Taoism.  The purpose of The Tao of Pooh is to explain the complexity of this spiritual belief system using a fun and beloved character that everyone knows.

Winnie-the-Pooh has always been one of my favorite characters.  His loving and caring personality is something one never forgets.  He is so very simple, that there are even times when his behavior/comments may seem like they border on simpleton.  Yet, he always seems to understand the problem at hand better than anyone else and he always finds a way to save the day.

Unfortunately, the book did not pull me in. Hoff tried to balance the heavy information about Taoism with the comedic and fun-loving comments and questions from Pooh, but I feel like it was not enough.  All of the moments when Hoff brought Pooh in, whether through reflections on past events or through questions being asked were interesting and fun to read.  However, other than those moments, I did not always feel interested.

Would I add it to the library?

No.  Although it was a book that I have always wanted to read, I did not feel like it was something I would have chosen otherwise.  Reading it definitely explained why I had always looked for it but never actually bought it.


Genre: Taoism
ISBN: 9780140067477
Rating:  meh

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