The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood
A New York Times Bestseller
“Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh provides an intimate look into the magic and inspirations behind Milne’s stories, while reminding us of the joy children experience through nature” – Richard Louv, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
When you read passages from Winnie-the-Pooh, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic. You might remember your parents reading you the stories, or you might remember reading them to your kids. Maybe you remember the original Disney movie or the stuffed bear that sat on your bed. In one way or another, we have all been touched by A. A. Milne’s beloved bear. But did you know that the Hundred Acre Wood—the place where Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet lived and played—is based on a real place? Did you know that you could actually visit Poohstick’s Bridge? That The Floody Place is real?
The setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures was inspired by the Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In The Natural World of Winne-the-Pooh, garden historian Kathryn Aalto explores how this magical place moved both A. A. Milne and E. H Shepherd to create the cherished tales that remain not only relevant, but wildly popular. Aalto takes readers through an exploration of the real landscapes, shares iconic moments from the books and situates them in the places that exist today, and celebrates the interplay of landscape and literature. 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.
Nature and Human Intervention
A limited edition book, Nature and Human Intervention details the process behind the 2011 Laurent-Perrier Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal garden, a collaboration between three acclaimed artists-garden designer Luciano Giubbilei, acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma,and sculptor Peter Randall-Page.
Captured in 250 colour photographs by Steve Wooster and Allan Pollock-Morris, the book shows how artists, craftsmen, and suppliers worked together to expose, highlight, and craft beauty from Nature. “We return time and again to the comfortable vocabularies, images, sounds, memories, thoughts and feelings that constitute the boundaries of our experience and expression,” says Luciano Giubbilei. “Yet every now and then, we encounter a breakthrough moment– a rare instant when the daunting constraints of possibility melt away and when we gain the courage to focus through new lenses.”
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BBC Countryfile Magazine, Feature article on Ashdown Forest, March 2016.
Sierra Club Magazine, “What We Learn from Re-reading Winnie-the-Pooh,” April 05, 2016.
“Author Kathryn Aalto walks us through the landscapes that inspired A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh,” by Kathryn Aalto, Sussex Life, 29 October 2015.