Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows

The first book is all about the story of Winnie-the-Pooh. It is a book that captured the interest of many children. Winnie-the-Pooh tales and poems tells about different events in the life of its main character Winnie the Pooh and his friends.The story and characters was originally created in 1926 by A.A. Milne then later become one of the well known Disney characters. Winnie the Pooh is a portly little bear known by his bewildered sense of things and endearing discoveries that made him loved by his group of friends.The Hundred Acre Wood is the place where Winnie the Pooh and his friends come alive. The animal characters together with Winnie the Pooh include Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, and Roo. Christopher Robin on the other hand is the human boy in the story that takes care of these animals.So what is the story all about? The Winnie the Pooh tales feature about the way children think and play. It especially guides young children to the world of childhood experiences and the cause and effects of their actions. There is no sort of magic but just simple solutions to the problems they encounter everyday. Like other children what they do are play versions of the real life experiences of an adult.Winnie the Pooh and friends is a bunch of animals that have distinct personality traits. Tigger which is described as a bouncy animal has an impulsive and energetic personalityEeyore is somewhat his opposite since he is always gloomy. Piglet is a humble animal and easily frightened. Kanga is a no nonsense kangaroo while Rabbit and Owl are both self- important. Lastly is the simple and direct Winnie the Pooh.         It is a mixed of different characters. They could be like any group of children brought together by chance. It teaches important lessons on friendship and love for adventure. Positive values and character traits are observed and encourage upon the story.The Wind in the WillowsAnother story with similarity to Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne is The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This book has also animal characters in the cast. It also values friendship and quest for adventure.The story all started with Mole a small furred burrowing animal. Mole spent most of his time at home. One spring time, he gave up his house cleaning and began to wander in the fields and meadows. Going out of his comfort zone he explores the world outside of him and found everything around him new. Then he found a river which he saw for the first time. In this place he met Water Rat who then invited him to a boat ride. Rat has explained to Mole everything. They also had a picnic during their time together.After this they both paid a visit to Mr. Toad. Toad is happy to have them to join him in his cart and horse trip. They have an adventure on open road. Their cart was wrecked on the high road so the automobile becomes the new craze.After this adventure he journeyed to the wild wood and there he met Mr. Badger. The three of them then went to the Toad Hall to help Mr. Toad who had done so much reckless driving. After which there are many more events that happened in the lives of Mole and his friends.Positive character traits are also been tried to develop on each of the four main characters. They have their own shortcomings too that sometimes lead them to trouble. It gave emphasis on positive character traits like kindness, patience, hard work and faith. Like Winnie-the-Pooh this story encourages creative play and the need for good times and not just all work. It’s a story specially made for children with its different animal characters and their exciting world of adventures and experiences.The World Is Not a Garden of EdenMost fictional stories and children stories are written to fascinate and entertain the readers. Like in the two stories people can observed this fact that these stories are just fictional effort to mediate between the seemingly perpetual human desire for a perfect Garden of Eden in which to live and the realization that the world is rather an imperfect, demanding and hostile place to live.The story depicts the world in which we just dream of, world that’s always full of fun, carefree and adventurous. It was sad to realize though that the real life is not what the stories really show or expect life to be. Fictional stories are just childhood fantasy and not for real.Just like children when they are young nothing really matters much but to play and play but when people get old they will realize that life is not for playing only. Children will realize that life is tough, full of challenges and risk.Fictions stories always expose us to pleasant moments of life and that everything is fun and exciting and full of memorable moments. In real life not everything is as easy at it seems. Certainly there are many limitations in doing what we really like.The Garden of Eden is a perfect place, no cruelties, no difficulties and people can live happily every time. Everything we want is within our reach. In reality life seems to be full of complexities and troubles which people must accept as ordinary part of life. Life as what this stories display is not as sweet or as good as it seems.In the story of Winnie the Pooh the different situations and event in the life of the character reflect some childish, simple way on how man should deal with life’s problems and difficulties. People can relate to the characters on their personality traits. In the story of Wind in the Willows one can also see the same pattern of the story. It emphasized on the need for adventure and leisure. There are unrealistic twist and turns of events which sometimes stay away from the true nature of real life.References“The Wind in the Willows: Book Summary”. EDOCERE A Resource for Catholic Education. 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