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“Aalto’s lovely book provides two great pleasures: a visit to the actual wild spots that inform the fictional Pooh world and a chance to slip into our memories of the books themselves.”
The Washington Post

“The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh reminds us that the Hundred Acre Wood is quite real and very much alive. Everyone who loves Pooh and Piglet and Christopher Robin will cherish this behind-the-scenes exploration of A. A Milne’s world.”
–Amy Stewart, author, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks

“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, author, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods

“Kathryn Aalto has skillfully woven together the geology, geography, history and natural history of the Forest … providing a travelogue, a guide, a nature spotting manual, and a nostalgic glimpse of the past, all rolled into a delightful and eminently readable book, profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings.”
The Garden Window

“The Natural World of Winne-the-Pooh is for those adult readers who have spent years being intrigued by the fictional Hundred Acre Wood and want to know if their imaginations and stories are in fact based on a real place.”
The Durham Herald Sun

“Expertly researched but with a lightness of touch that makes a fascinating read for lovers both of Ashdown Forest and the books of A.A. Milne – the magic of the ‘place’ and the Pooh stories are bought together beautifully.”
–Pat Buesnel, Director, Conservators of Ashdown Forest, The Ashdown Forest Centre

“An intimate guide to the forest’s history, geology, animals, colours and textures. Tantalising descriptions and photographs invite us to slow our pace, look and listen.”
BBC Wildlife Magazine

“Lavishly illustrated with superb photographs as well as reproductions of the delightfully familiar Shepard illustrations…an affectionate book written with enthusiasm.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Take this book outdoors, settle into a cushy spot and listen to birds and the breeze as you follow in Winnie’s footprints and see the places that are the foundations to E.H. Shepard’s illustrations, which are as iconic as Milne’s words.”
The Oregonian

“If you grew up with Winnie-the-Pooh, you’ll enjoy this new book. It finds all the places in Ashdown Forest that inspired the stories.”
My Weekly

“For anyone who has read and reread Milne’s stories, Aalto furnishes a delightful addition to these classic tales, reawakening the childlike wonder and amusement first experienced when reading the books inspired by these locations.”
Shelf Awareness Reader

“A fun book with a serious heart.”

The Northumbrian

“Aalto’s book explores Milne’s deep connection the natural world, and the real-life inspirations behind the stories that have lasted for generations.”
–Minnesota Public Radio

“This is a beautifully produced book with an unusual premise that will delight the knowledgeable landscape designer and lay reader alike…Aalto’s book enriches our understanding of the world of this iconic children’s story.”
Landscape Architecture Magazine

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh takes us through the land of Pooh and his friends, with descriptions and explanations as to how the stories unfolded before Christopher Robin, and came to be told by his father. We learn a little about method writing (brilliant!), and a lot about the charming area, including flora and fauna. By the time we’re done with the book, we have not only a wonderful sense of place, but an even greater appreciation for the Pooh stories. It’s a marvelous blend of information that carries enough appeal that it will satisfy the writer, the reader, and the gardener.”
Our Little Acre

“A nostalgic read that explores the magical reality behind the fictitious world of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood.”
Gardens Illustrated

“Aalto’s book is filled with biographical details from Milne’s life, illustrated reminders of Shepard’s whimsical genius, and even tidbits of trivia that reflect on the real flora and fauna of Ashdown. Aalto recounts everything from the forest’s surrounding area, Hartfield Village, to Milne’s home at Cotchford Farm, all the while reminiscing over the fantasy parts too: Pooh’s trap for the heffalumps and Eeyore’s gloomy place.”
The Huffington Post


NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Walk in the woods with Ari Shapiro, Podcast: “Natural World: In Which We Make an Expotition to the Hundred Acre Wood”  October 26, 2015

Northeast Public Radio, The Roundtable with Joe Donahue. Podcast: Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, October 15, 2015

Irish Public Radio, Sean Moncrieff Show. Podcast: listen here.  October 29, 2015.

Minnesota Public Radio, Reading and Roaming with Kerri Miller. Podcast: “Inside Winnie-the-Pooh’s Real Hundred Acre Wood.”  November 3, 2015.

Utah Public Radio, The Zesty Garden with Bryan Earl. Podcast: An Interview with Kathryn Aalto. November 23, 2015.

Northeast Public Radio, The Roundtable with Joe Donahue.  Podcast: “Kathryn Aalto and the Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh in Hudson.” November 19, 2015.

KSFO, Bob Tanem in the Garden. Podcast: “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh.”  December 20, 2015.

“The Literati Scene with The Smoki Bacon and Dick Concannon,” December 2015.

BBC Radio Devon, The David Fitzpatrick Show, December 15, 2015.

KSFO, Bob Tanem in the Garden, December 20, 2015.

WFYI, Indianapolis, Feb 12, 2016.

KVCR with David Fleming, August 31, 2016.


 Featured Stories

“Rowena House interviews Kathryn Aalto,” Words and Pictures, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, July 29, 2015.

“A Hunny Pot of Nostalgia,” by Mary Quattlebaum, The Washington Post, 15 October 15, 2015.

“Author to Speak about Real Forest that Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood,” by Corbie Hill, The News and Observer,  22 October 2015.

“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.

“The real forest that inspired the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh,” by Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post, 10 November 2015.

“Landscape historian Kathryn Aalto on Winnie-the-Pooh’s forest,” The Boston Globe, November 15, 2015.

“New Nonfiction Best Picks,” People Magazine, November 16, 2015.

“An Enchanted (and real place): Winnie-the-Pooh’s Woods,” by William Hageman, The Chicago Tribune, November 16, 2015.

“Winnie-the-Pooh’s Real Life Wonderland,” by Liz Hoggard, The Daily Mail, November 21, 2015.

“Searching for the Real Winnie,” by Al Sullivan, The Hudson River News, November 22, 2015.

Tokyo Inn Hotel, In-room magazine, December 2015.

Books of Interest,  Landscape Architecture Magazine, December 2015.

Best New Book of December 2015, Children’s Book Club, Junior Magazine, December 2015.

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, review by Sonia Day, The Toronto Star, December 18, 2015.

Ashdown Forest Centre Newsletter, December 2015.

“Winnie-the-Pooh’s Legacy Endures at 90,” by Michael Machosky, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 15, 2016.

Bare Essentials Magazine: Seek Adventure, Save Wildlife, January 11, 2016

Gardens Illustrated, Book review, January 2015.

“The Real Forest that Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood,” by Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post, January 18, 2016.

“Christopher Robin Was Real, and Other Winnie-the-Pooh Facts,” by Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post, January 18, 2016.

” The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh” book excerpts by Kathryn Aalto, Country Gardens, Early Spring 2016.

“Author’s inspiration came from Ashdown Forest — and pubs,” by Rachel Barr, East Grinstead Courier and Observer, February 01, 2016.

“Author takes readers through forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood,” by Brian Blair, The Republic of Columbus, Indiana, Feb 10, 2016.

“Exploring the Hundred Acre Wood with Kathryn Aalto,” by Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal, February 12, 2016.

“From Permaculture to Perennials: Garden Authors at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show,” The Oregonian, Feb 12, 2016.

“Famed woodland world of Winnie-the-Pooh comes to Hudson,” by Tim Troglen, February 14, 2016.

The New York Times Book Review, Travel Section, #7 “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh,” Feb 16, 2016.

“Book Clubs Welcoming Readers with Open Pages,” Chicago Sun-Tribune, Feb 18, 2016.

“Alumna walk through the Hundred Acre Wood,” by Christian Conahan, The Western Front, Feb 21, 2016.

“Discover: Winnie-the-Pooh Country,” by Kathryn Aalto, BBC Countryfile Magazine, March 2016.

“What We Learn from Rereading Winnie-the-Pooh,” by Kathryn Aalto, Sierra, The Sierra Club’s on-line magazine, April 05, 2016.

“Author’s Journey Takes Her from Escalon to Hundred Acre Wood,” by Deke Farrow, The Modesto Bee, Sept 01, 2016.

“Walks into the Real Hundred Acre Wood,” by Mythily Ramachandran, The Gulf News, December 21, 2016.