Publication Date: 29/09/2022 ISBN: 9780008513955 Category:

Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear

Jane Riordan

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 29/09/2022 ISBN: 9780008513955 Category:
Paperback / Softback


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Enjoy the early adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in Winnie-the-Pooh Once There Was a Bear (the Official Prequel)

Beautiful new paperback edition of Winnie-the-Pooh Once There Was a Bear.

We all have a special place in our hearts for the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh told by A.A.Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Highly talented author Jane Riordan has written a wonderful collection of stories in the style of A.A.Milne that take us back to where it all began, when Winnie-the-Pooh was first purchased for Christopher Robin in Harrods.

Jane Riordan has a strong pedigree in writing in the style of A.A.Milne, having also created Winnie-the-Pooh Meets the Queen and the re-issue edition Winnie-the-Pooh Goes to London.

The stories are decorated with beautiful illustrations by Mark Burgess in the style of E.H.Shepard. Mark is uniquely suited to this having also illustrated Return to the Hundred Acre Wood and The Best Bear in All the World.

The paperback edition of this timeless story collection is a real tribute to the world’s most famous bear and the perfect opportunity for everyone to find out how these favourite friends become the larger than life characters we all love.

Do you own all the classic Pooh titles?


The House at Pooh Corner

When We Were Very Young

Now We Are Six

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

The Best Bear in All the World

Once There Was a Bear

The nation’s favourite teddy bear has been delighting generations of children for over 95 years. Milne’s classic children’s stories – featuring Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and, of course, Pooh himself – are gently humorous while teaching lessons about friendship and kindness.

Pooh ranks alongside other beloved character such as Paddington Bear, and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage. Whether you’re 5 or 55, Pooh is the bear for all ages.

Publisher Review

'Winnie-the-Pooh has always been a very special (albeit funny old) bear, not least of all because his books are filled with wonderful words of wisdom.', Stylist magazine 'Once There Was A Bear by Jane Riordan is a prequel to the AA Milne Winnie the Pooh books and delightfully decorated by Mark Burgess.', Stylist magazine 'Once There Was a Bear is a beautiful hardback', Artists and Illustrators magazine 'Often, the original is the best and any attempts to recreate a classic will simply flop. But with Once There Was a Bear the process was so painstaking, the writing so charming and the illustrations such a lovely echo of the past that reading it feels simultaneously like experiencing the very old and the brand new all at once. And we'd say that's a brief perfectly fulfilled.', Artists and Illustrators magazine 'For those who don't know the background of the bear bought from Harrods and how he met his friends, it's a treat.', Daily Mail Christmas gift guide 'Not only is Winnie-the-Pooh a much-loved character, the appeal of these stories is enduring. They have followed me through my childhood, into adulthood and, now, I can share these cherished books with the next generation. I'm reminded of the power of reading, of shared stories and connection. There's something wonderful about that.', Northern Soul 'It's the forest where Christopher Robin once played, and here, a new generation are keen to retrace Pooh's history.', 'radiating the warmth and playfulness of the original stories, Once There Was a Bear is a tribute to The Best Bear in All the World - for ages 5 years to 105 years!', MyWeekly 'Jane Riordan has put together a collection of brand-new Pooh stories to revel in, to think with and dream about', Bookanista Children's Gift Guide

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