the more it snows – tiddly pom

January 13th, 2009

“… the more it goes – Tiddly-pom
the more it goes – Tiddly-pom
on snowing.”
– Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner

I’ve been reading two chapters a night of Winnie the Pooh to Will and Sylvie. Our collection is tattered from 34 years of use so I flinch when the kids reach to turn the page or slow my reading so that they can see the few pictures. It has been years since I last read anything by A. A. Milne, and the last was probably Now We Are Six or When We Were Very Young, so I’d forgotten until now how amusing his prose is. Definitely books for the shortlist. Will and I are enjoying how Pooh turns out the unlikely hero, how Eyeore is a lot like a kid we know, and still lost to Will, but enjoyable to me is the fact that although everyone (Owl, Rabbit, Christopher Robin) all feign the ability to read and write, they all very clearly can not.