Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape historian, designer, teacher, and author living in Exeter, England. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. Featured on NPR's All Things Considered and a People magazine Best New Book Pick, the book has received wide critical acclaim with reviews in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe and many radio programs.
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The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh
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The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh:
A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood
Delve into the home of the world's most beloved bear!
The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the magical landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh's adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England.
In the pages of this enchanting book you can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh's house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life.
This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H. Shepard's original illustrations, hundreds of color photographs, and Milne's own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical place they called home.
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