Book Review: Pooh Invents a New Game

Pooh Invents a New Game
By A. A. Milne
Illustrated by E. H. Shepard
Dutton’s Children’s Books
Age Range: 4 and up

Not much time to write a proper review, because as I type it’s almost storytime and I need to be reading books to The Four-Year-Old, not writing up reviews of them.

But this week’s book is a classic Winnie-the-Pooh story and there is really very little I need to say about it anyway. So instead of adding another five paragraphs of praise for A. A. Milne to the Webiverse, I will simply say that this may be my favorite paragraph from any book The Four-Year-Old and I have read together thus far:

By the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, ‘There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.’ But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.

I have yet to find any other passage in all of children’s literature that describes the difference between my stage of life and The Four-Year-Old’s so very well.

And now it’s your turn. What are you reading this week?

Cross-posted on my other blog: Caterpickles.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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