Sooqr must-reads #4: The Tao of Pooh
In response to #worldbookday, our troopers will be sharing their (professional) must-reads. Number four in this series: The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff.
’The Tao of Pooh is about Taoism, but it is portrayed from Winnie the Pooh’s point of view. This makes it an odd, yet very funny and playful novel, that has a lot of overlap with mindfulness, a very trending topic nowadays. The book is very accessible, as it gives readers an introduction into philosophy. Something that I think could give a lot of people clarity and peace of mind.’
‘What’s this you’re writing?’, asked Pooh, climbing onto the writing table. ‘The Tao of Pooh’, I replied. ‘The how of Pooh?’ asked Pooh, smudging one of the words I had just written. ‘The Tao of Pooh’, I replied, poking his paw away with my pencil. ‘It seems more like ow! of Pooh’, said Pooh, rubbing his paw. ‘Well, it’s not’, I replied huffily. ‘What’s it about?’ asked Pooh, leaning forward and smearing another word. ‘It’s about how to stay happy and calm under all circumstances!’ I yelled. ‘Have you read it?’ asked Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that have made him the world’s most beloved bear, and Pooh’s Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism. The Tao of Pooh gives a humorous and enlightening introduction to Taoism, with the classic decorations by E.H. Shepard (the original artist that drew Pooh) throughout the book.