“The Tao of Pooh”


Benjamin Hoff


“The Tao of Pooh” gives an interesting transformation to a classical children story. Benjamin Hoff, the author of “The Tao of Pooh”, compares the characters, their behavior and their views on the world to ancient Chinese principals of Taoism.


In “The Tao of Pooh”, author depicts characters of a classical children book as principals of Taoism, an ancient Chinese Teaching.


“That’s [“Winnie the Pooh” book] not about Taoism. … It’s about this dumpy little bear that wanders around asking silly questions, making up songs, and going through all kinds of adventures, without ever accumulating any amount of intellectual knowledge or losing his simpleminded sort of happiness. That’s what it’s [the book] about,” the Unbeliever asked.


“Same thing,” I said (Hoff xi).


Its main character, Winnie-the-Pooh, portrayed as an essence of Taoism teaching; that is being constantly happy and going along with things around you. Pooh vied as the Uncarved Block, what in Taoism are things in their original simplified form contain their own natural power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed.