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IN WHICH WE ARE INTRODUCED TO WINNIE-THE-POOH AND SOME BEES, AND THE STORIES BEGIN
| Chapter 2,|
IN WHICH POOH GOES VISITING AND GETS INTO A TIGHT PLACE
| Chapter 3,|
IN WHICH POOH AND PIGLET GO HUNTING AND NEARLY CATCH A WOOZLE
IN WHICH EEYORE LOSES A TAIL AND POOH FINDS ONE
IN WHICH PIGLET MEETS A HEFFALUMP
IN WHICH KANGA AND BABY ROO COME TO THE FOREST, AND PIGLET HAS A BATH
IN WHICH CHRISTOPHER ROBIN LEADS AN EXPOTITION TO THE NORTH POLE
IN WHICH PIGLET IS ENTIRELY SURROUNDED BY WATER
IN WHICH CHRISTOPHER ROBIN GIVES A POOH PARTY, AND WE SAY GOOD-BYE
ONE day when the sun had come back over the Forest, bringing with it the scent of may, and
all the streams of the Forest were tinkling happily to find themselves their own pretty shape
again, and the little pools lay dreaming of the life they had seen and the big things they had done,
and in the warmth and quiet of the Forest the cuckoo was trying over his voice carefully and
listening to see if he liked it, and wood-pigeons were complaining gently to themselves in their
lazy comfortable way that it was the other fellow's fault, but it didn't matter very much; on such a
day as this Christopher Robin whistled in a special way he had, and Owl came flying out of the
Hundred Acre Wood to see what was wanted.
УOwl,Ф said Christopher Robin, УI am going to give a party.Ф
УYou are, are you?Ф said Owl.
УAnd it's to be a special sort of party, because it's because of what Pooh did when he did what
he did to save Piglet from the flood.Ф
УOh, that's what it's for, is it?Ф said Owl.
УYes, so will you tell Pooh as quickly as you can, and all the others, because it will be tomorrow?Ф
УOh, it will, will it?Ф said Owl, still being as helpful as possible.
УSo will you go and tell them, Owl?Ф
Owl tried to think of something very wise to say, but couldn't, so he flew off to tell the others.
And the first person he told was Pooh.
УPooh,Ф he said, УChristopher Robin is giving a party.Ф
УOh!Ф said Pooh And then seeing that Owl expected him to say something else, he said, УWill
there be those little cake things with pink sugar icing?Ф
Owl felt that it was rather beneath him to talk about little cake things with pink sugar icing, so
he told Pooh exactly what Christopher Robin had said, and flew off to Eeyore.
УParty for Me?Ф thought Pooh to himself. УHow grand!Ф And he began to wonder if all the
other animals would know that it was a special Pooh Party, and if Christopher Robin had told
them about The Floating Bear and the Brain of Pooh, and all the wonderful ships he had invented
and sailed on, and he began to think how awful it would be if everybody had forgotten about it,
and nobody quite knew what the party was for; and the more he thought like this, the more the
party got muddled in his mind, like a dream when nothing goes right.
And the dream began to sing itself over in his head until it became a sort of song. It was an
ANXIOUS POOH SONG.
3 Cheers for Pooh
(Why what did he do?)
I thought you knew;
He saved his friend from a wetting!
3 Cheers for Bear!
He couldn't swim,
But he rescued him!
(He rescued who?)
Oh, listen, do!
I am talking of Pooh?
(I'm sorry I keep forgetting).
Well. Pooh was a Bear of Enormous BrainЧ
(Just say it again!)
Of enormous brainЧ
(Of enormous what?)
Well, he ate a lot,
And I don't know if he could swim or not,
But he managed to float
On a sort of boat
(On a sort of what?)
Well, a sort of potЧ
So now let's give him three hearty cheers
(So now let's give him three hearty whitches?)
And hope he'll be with us for years and years,
And grow in health and wisdom and riches!
3 Cheers for Pooh!
3 Cheers for Bear
3 Cheers for the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh!
(Just tell me, somebodyЧWHAT DID HE DO?)
While this was going on inside him, Owl was talking to Eeyore.
УEeyore,Ф said Owl, УChristopher Robin is giving a party.Ф
УVery interesting,Ф said Eeyore. УI suppose they will be sending me down the odd bits which
got trodden on. Kind and Thoughtful. Not at all, don't mention it.Ф
УThere is an Invitation for you.Ф
УWhat's that like?Ф
УYes, I heard you. Who dropped it?Ф
УThis isn't anything to eat, it's asking you to the party. To-morrow.Ф
Eeyore shook his head slowly.
УYou mean Piglet. The little fellow with the exited ears. That's Piglet. I'll tell him.Ф
УNo, no!Ф said Owl, getting quite fussy. УIt's you!Ф
УAre you sure?Ф
УOf course I'm sure. Christopher Robin said 'All of them! Tell all of them. 'Ф
УAll of them, except Eeyore?Ф
УAll of them,Ф said Owl sulkily.
УAh!Ф said Eeyore. УA mistake, no doubt, but still, I shall come. Only don't blame me if it
But it didn't rain. Christopher Robin had made a long table out of some long pieces of wood,
and they all sat round it. Christopher Robin sat at one end, and Pooh sat at the other, and between
them on one side were Owl and Eeyore and Piglet, and between them on the other side were
Rabbit, and Roo and Kanga. And all Rabbit's friends and relations spread themselves about on the
grass, and waited hopefully in case anybody spoke to them, or dropped anything, or asked them
It was the first party to which Roo had ever been, and he was very excited. As soon as ever
they had sat down he began to talk.
УHallo, Pooh!Ф he squeaked.
УHallo, Roo!Ф said Pooh.
Roo jumped up and down in his seat for a little while and then began again.
УHallo, Piglet!Ф he squeaked.
Piglet waved a paw at him, being too busy to say anything.
УHallo, Eeyore!Ф said Roo.
Eeyore nodded gloomily at him. УIt will rain soon, you see if it doesn't,Ф he said.
Roo looked to see if it didn't, and it didn't, so he said УHallo, Owl!ФЧand Owl said УHallo, my
little fellow,Ф in a kindly way, and went on telling Christopher Robin about an accident which
had nearly happened to a friend of his whom Christopher Robin didn't know, and Kanga said to
Roo, УDrink up your milk first, dear, and talk afterwards.Ф So Roo, who was drinking his milk,
tried to say that he could do both at once... and had to be patted on the back and dried for quite a
long time afterwards.
When they had all nearly eaten enough, Christopher Robin banged on the table with his spoon,
and everybody stopped talking and was very silent, except Roo who was just finishing a loud
attack of hiccups and trying to look as if it was one of Rabbit's relations.
УThis party,Ф said Christopher Robin, Уis a party because of what someone did, and we all
know who it was, and it's his party, because of what he did, and I've got a present for him and
here it is.Ф Then he felt about a little and whispered, УWhere is it?Ф
While he was looking, Eeyore coughed in an impressive way and began to speak.
УFriends,Ф he said, Уincluding oddments, it is a great pleasure, or perhaps I had better say it has
been a pleasure so far, to see you at my party. What I did was nothing. Any of you-except Rabbit
and Owl and KangaЧwould have done the same. Oh, and Pooh. My remarks do not, of course,
apply to Piglet and Roo, because they are too small. Any of you would have done the same. But it
just happened to be Me. It was not, I need hardly say, with an idea of getting what Christopher
Robin is looking for nowФЧand he put his front leg to his mouth and said in a loud whisper, УTry
under the tableФЧУthat I did what I didЧbut because I feel that we should all do what we can to
help. I feel that we should allЧФ
УHЧhup!Ф said Roo accidentally.
УRoo, dear!Ф said Kanga reproachfully.
УWas it me?Ф asked Roo, a little surprised.
УWhat's Eeyore talking about?Ф Piglet whispered to Pooh.
УI don't know,Ф said Pooh rather dolefully.
УI thought this was your party.Ф
УI thought it was once. But I suppose it isn't.Ф
УI'd sooner it was yours than Eeyore's,Ф said Piglet.
УSo would I,Ф said Pooh.
УHЧhup!Ф said Roo again.
УASЧIЧWASЧSAYING,Ф said Eeyore loudly and sternly, Уas I was saying when I was
interrupted by various Loud Sounds, I feel thatЧФ
УHere it is!Ф cried Christopher Robin excitedly. УPass it down to silly old Pooh. It's for Pooh.Ф
УFor Pooh?Ф said Eeyore.
УOf course it is. The best bear in all the world.Ф
УI might have known,Ф said Eeyore. УAfter all, one can't complain. I have my friends.
Somebody spoke to me only yesterday. And was it last week or the week before that Rabbit
bumped into me and said 'Bother!' The Social Round. Always something going on.Ф
Nobody was listening, for they were all saying, УOpen it, Pooh,Ф УWhat is it, Pooh?Ф УI know
what it is,Ф УNo, you don't,Ф and other helpful remarks of this sort. And of course Pooh was
opening it as quickly as ever he could, but without cutting the string, because you never know
when a bit of string might be Useful. At last it was undone.
When Pooh saw what it was, he nearly fell down, he was so pleased. It was a Special Pencil
Case. There were pencils in it marked УBФ for Bear, and pencils marked УHB У for Helping Bear,
and pencils marked УBBФ for Brave Bear. There was a knife for sharpening the pencils, and
indiarubber for rubbing out anything which you had spelt wrong, and a ruler for ruling lines for
the words to walk on, and inches marked on the ruler in case you wanted to know how many
inches anything was, and Blue Pencils and Red Pencils and Green Pencils for saying special
things in blue and red and green. And all these lovely things were in little pockets of their own in
a Special Case which shut with a click when you clicked it. And they were all for Pooh.
УOh!Ф said Pooh.
УOh, Pooh!Ф said everybody else except Eeyore.
УThank-you,Ф growled Pooh.
But Eeyore was saying to himself, УThis writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if
you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.Ф
Later on, when they had all said УGood-byeФ and УThank-youФ to Christopher Robin, Pooh and
Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening, and for a long time they were
УWhen you wake up in the morning, Pooh,Ф said Piglet at last, Уwhat's the first thing you say to
УWhat's for breakfast?Ф said Pooh. УWhat do you say, Piglet?Ф
УI say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting to-day?Ф said Piglet. Pooh nodded
УIt's the same thing,Ф he said.
УAnd what did happen?Ф asked Christopher Robin.
УI don't know.Ф
УCould you think, and tell me and Pooh some time?Ф
УIf you wanted it very much.Ф
УPooh does,Ф said Christopher Robin.
He gave a deep sigh, picked his bear up by the leg and walked off to the door, trailing Winniethe-
Pooh behind him. At the door he turned and said, УComing to see me have my bath?Ф
УI might,Ф I said.
УWas Pooh's pencil case any better than mine?Ф
УIt was just the same,Ф I said.
He nodded and went out... and in a moment I heard Winnie-the-PoohЧbump, bump, bumpЧ
going up the stairs behind him.
Let's have fun
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