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Silly Old Bear Almost every child and adult has heard this phrase before which comes from the Winne the Pooh series written by AA Milne In this series of books written about Winnie the Pooh the silly old bear his friends and their adventures together in the Hundred Acre Wood Forest Milne captures the incomparably and enduringly the frolic and indolence the sweetness and foolishness of animals which are also peopleDiscovering Authors Many critics and people agree that Pooh is simply an ignorant little bear who is only interested in self-indulgence and is literally a silly old bear This statement however is not true Through the use of his characters in the Winnie the Pooh stories Milne is able to present both the good and bad qualities of people that make up the Chinese philosophy of Taoism One may even say the Pooh is a master of Taoism Born a Scotsman Alan Alexander Milne spent most of his childhood in London where he grew up to be one of the most well known British authors of his timeDennis Today Milne is praised for his accurate and sympathetic observations of child behavior his wit and his skill with language especially wordplay and dialogue which are easily recognizable in his famous Winnie the Pooh storiesDiscovering Authors Although people today regard Milnes stories as childrens stories Milne did not intend them for children but rather for the child within every personDennis As Barbara Novak puts it Milnes work captures the gaiety of a childs mind and suggests a positive attitude to life and a fresh appreciation of the smallest thingsNovak Not only does Milne show the positive attitudes of people but he also shows the negative attitudes and characteristics of people which combined come to make up the philosophy of Taoism What is Taoism Taoism is and ancient Chinese philosophy that began during the 300s BC The word tao originally meant way or road The general idea behind
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