When my children were born, Winnie the Pooh was kind of a big deal. People were decorating their nurseries with all the characters at that time. I didn’t. As soon as something gets over marketed, I am done with it. Another example…I always wanted a Cabbage Patch Doll but as soon as everyone was stampeding people to get one I was done with it. The other night a bunch of teachers I work with and myself were sorting books for our school literacy night. There were several Winnie the Pooh books in the mix. I declared, “I dislike Winnie the Pooh. I really didn’t read too many of those books to my two boys.” Several colleagues looked at me like I was nuts. No one said anything. (Crickets chirping)
Today in my classroom I read the book, Finding Winnie, to my students. Do you know this book? You should read it! I have a new like for Winnie the Pooh after reading this book. My fourth
graders loved it! I came across this book at the WSRA convention. Sunday Cummins used it in her presentation when she talked about reading across two texts. I also bought the other book that she diacussed. They are excellent!
Needless to say I have a new appreciation for Winnie the Pooh. I now know the back story and appreciate it so much more.