Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Winnie the Pooh returns for new children's adventure

Children's literature favourite Winnie the Pooh is back in a new adventure with trusty sidekicks Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore -- but also a new friend.

The stories featuring the absent-minded, honey-loving bear and his friends were originally created by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H. Shepard.

The last collection, "The House At Pooh Corner", came out in 1928 and the stories are available in around 50 languages around the world.

But now author David Benedictus and illustrator Mark Burgess have penned a new volume of 10 stories, "Return To The Hundred Acre Wood and features a new character -- Lottie The Otter.

"Lottie has her own very definite ideas about how things should be done. She believes that one must always follow the correct etiquette," said Benedictus, adding that she embodies Pooh's values of "friendship and adventure."

based the original stories on his son Christopher Robin's stuffed toy collection and also put the boy himself in the stories.

The tales unfold in Hundred Acre Wood, supposedly inspired by a forest near Milne's home in East Sussex, southern England.

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