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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Social-Emotional Learning --- Courage; Friendship; Teamwork.

Moral-Ethical Emphasis --- Respect; Caring.

At a Glance ---Age: 3-8; MPAA Rating: G; Animated; 1977; 74 minutes; Color; Available at

When adults read to children, it helps the children become good readers in the future. As children listen to the story they form mental images of what is described by the words being read. A similar creative process is used by older children and adults when they read a book. Thus, listening to a story provides valuable practice in skills required for reading. Movies, however, provide vibrant ready-made images and require little mental effort by the viewer. In addition, reading a story to a young child develops a positive emotional association between reading and parental affection.

Books containing the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends have been entertaining children for more than eighty years. This movie recounts some of the stories found in those books. If parents read the books to their children before showing the movie, the childen will create mental pictures of the events described in the book. However, if parents read the books to their children after showing the movie, kids will simply remember the images of the film. Some of the creative effort of developing their own images from the words of the stories will have been preempted by the movie. For this reason, TWM recommends that parents read Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner to children before showing the movie.

Description --- , "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" introduces children to the Hundred Acre Wood and all of the characters who have stood the test of time: Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl, Gopher, Christopher Robin and even Heffalumps and Woozles (in a dream sequence). A narrator takes us through the pages of Milne's book (the pages turn, the characters jump from one page to another as type falls and moves across the page) and we get to see classic stories like "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree", "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day", "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too", and "The House at Pooh Corner".

Benefits --- This movie is a classic. The characters are loveable and sweet, and the animation and stories continue to be endearing and entertaining 30 years after the film was made. The stories are simple and easy to follow and encourage children to be imaginative with their toys (since Pooh and his friends are Christopher Robin's stuffed animals).

Possible Problems --- NONE.

For more suggestions about how intentional parents can use family movies to foster verbal, social and emotional learning and teach lessons in character education, see Ideas for Talking and Playing Using Family Movies. New Words --- See the New Words listed in Playing for Growth Activity #1!


CONVERSATION STARTERS --- Who was your favorite character in this movie? Who would you like to have for a friend? --- Which of your toys would be your best friend? --- Why do you think Christopher Robin loved spending time in the Hundred Acre Wood?
(Just talking with your child fosters verbal, social and emotional learning. You can talk about a movie at any time: right after it is over, in the car on the way to school, during quiet time, or before bed. --- Ask about the story, the characters, and the plot. Keep it light and fun. --- Always encourage your child to form opinions and to share them. --- Exercise memory skills by asking about plot details. --- Open-ended questions will help get a discussion going. --- Young children love Story Time.)
DISCUSSIONS BASED ON THEMES IN THE MOVIE --- Select questions appropriate for your child.

Theme #1.   It's fun to play pretend and to use our imagination!
    1.   Which characters used their imaginations in this movie? Talking about it --- Well, all of them! To start with, the characters are from a very famous book called "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh". And in the book, they are the stuffed animals of Christopher Robin, who imagines adventures with them. And the different characters imagine other things, too, like the Heffalumps and Woozles.

    2.   Why is it fun to use our imagination and to play pretend? Talking about it --- Because we can create new characters to have adventures with. Imagination is what helps us write funny stories, draw neat pictures and make up songs and dances. Whenever you have a fun idea, or are playing pretend with your friends, you are using your imagination!
(When a parent takes a concept from the movie seriously, a child will start thinking about the lessons of the film. Often it only takes one comment. Don't try to cover everything contained in this Guide, usually a few questions or brief comments are more than enough. However, if you allow your child to watch the movie more than once, on each occasion start a new conversation or pick a new activity. This will enhance verbal development and increase the number of lessons your child takes from the film.)
Theme #2.   People can be friends, even if they are different! --- Friendship, Respect, Caring.
    1.   Which characters were good friends? Were they the same or different? Talking about it --- Pooh and Piglet were good friends, and Christopher Robin and Pooh were good friends, too. Besides the differences on the outside (Piglet was a pig, Pooh was a bear, Christopher Robin was a human and the others were stuffed animals) they were different on the inside too (Pooh was silly, Piglet was shy) but they were able to see past these differences and still be good friends.

    2.   Why do you think differences are important? Talking about it --- People who are different than you can teach you new things. If you are shy (like Piglet), a brave person could show you how to have courage (like Pooh, or Tigger). The characters were able to be friends because of the Golden Rule.

    (Here is a modern formulation of the Rule. Have your child memorize this or another version. Repeat it to your child often when a decision about how to act must be made: "In every situation, act toward others in the same way that you would want others to act toward you." Show your child how to apply it in his or her own life. Let your child see you apply the Rule in decisions that you make.)

Theme #3.   Everyone deserves respect. --- Respect.
    1.   Did everyone always show respect for each other in this movie? Talking about it --- Rabbit didn't, when he wanted Tigger to stop bouncing. By trying to trick Tigger and get him lost in the woods, Rabbit was being disrespectful of the differences between him and Tigger. And when Pooh ate all of Rabbit's honey (or anyone else's honey!) he wasn't respecting their property or being as polite as he could have been.

    2.   Was Rabbit correct that Tigger should stop bouncing? Talking about it --- No. Tigger bounced because that's who he was. But, Tigger should have been more considerate and contolled his bouncing so that he didn't bother other people. The best way to show respect for others is to follow the Golden Rule!

"Trustworthiness", "Respect", "Responsibility", and "Caring" refer to elements of the Six Pillars of Character developed by Character Counts. is proud to be a Character Counts Six Pillars Partner and to stress character education, intentional parenting, and social-emotional learning through family movies.


    1.   Winnie the Pooh's Wonderful Words --- There are many fantastic words and phrases in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. (A brief list: unfortunate, predicament, anecdote, waterfall, brave, hero, expect, splendid, ridiculous, narrator, terra firma, smidgen, teensy weensy, precious, rescue, whirlpool, chin up, cuckoo clock, acre, wood, enchanted, kangaroo, rabbit, owl, bear, donkey, gopher, pig, tiger, stoutness, munch, disguise, suspect, wedged, excavation, impassible, bedrock, blustery.) While you are watching the movie, or reading the book, write a list of words that your child is unfamiliar with. Take this list of words out one day with you, to a park, school or on a walk. Try to show or demonstrate to your child what these words mean. Try to remember how they are used in the movie and talk to your child about that. Let your child check each one off with a big red crayon when he or she has understood it well enough to explained it to you. You can also find some fun vocab activities for older children at The Web at Pooh Corner!

    2.    Rumbly in my Tumbly --- The one thing Pooh loved most (besides his friends) was… HUNNY! There are plenty of Pooh based recipes on the Internet, and you can find some tasty honey recipes here. You can also buy some refrigerated biscuit dough (the kind that comes in a tube) and set them out on a cookie tray (or as the instructions indicate). Before you bake them, pull the biscuits in half and spread a little honey inside. Place the pieces back together and brush a little more honey on top. Bake according to the directions. Serve them warm, with butter and more honey!

    3.   Making Maps --- Many editions of "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" book have a map of the Hundred Acre Wood on the inside covers. You can see a copy of the map, with stories linked to each area at The Web at Pooh Corner. Explain to your child the importance of maps (that they help us know where we are, and help us find our way if we get lost). Then gather up a large piece of paper and some pencils and crayons. Work with your child to create a map of your neighborhood. Help your child to draw pictures of your house, where his or her friends live, their favorite places to play, etc. Work with your child to write labels for all of these things. And make sure to color it, too! When you're finished, put it up on the wall in your child's bedroom or playroom, and explore the map of the Hundred Acre Wood!


Stories are essential tools for verbal development, social-emotional learning, and character education. Intentional parents can use family movies as a basis for storytelling.

Repeat the story of the movie at bedtime, on a rainy day, or at any quiet time. Let your child correct you if you make a mistake and, better yet, encourage your child to tell you the story. Both of you can invent new adventures for Fern, Wilbur, and all their friends. Your child's imaginative and verbal capacities will be enhanced if you invent new characters and create situations that are not in the movie. To learn more about enhancing growth and development through stories told to children, go to
How to Tell Bedtime Stories . . . Any Time.

Here is a bedtime story for ages 3 - 6. Read it after you have read Winnie The Poor and The House at Pooh Corner to your child or after your child has seen the film. Remember, TWM strongly recommends that you read the books to your child before your child sees the movie. If your child falls asleep before you are finished with the story, complete it at some other time.
In a town not so far away, a little boy named Anthony lived with his mother and father. Like most children, he loved to play outdoors. He especially liked the swings and the jungle gym at the park. His favorite game was hide and seek. He loved to go on treasure hunts with his friends, where a parent hid something and the kids tried to find it. When Anthony was five years old, he learned something he'd remember all his life.

At bed time, Anthony loved for his mom or dad to read him a story. Sometimes he fell asleep before the story was over and then, the next night, he'd ask them to read it again. His favorite stories were from ---
[The first time you read the story, ask your child to guess Anthony's favorite book. You can give hints, like . . . quot;It's a story with toys in it. quot; If he or she doesn't guess that time, say, "It's a story about stuffed animals." Then try, "One of the characters really likes honey". Finally, "It's a story about a stuffed bear who likes honey."]
The first time that Anthony's dad read him a story from The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, Anthony fell in love with the book. He wanted his parents to read from the book each night as he fell asleep. After his parents had read him the book five or six times, Anthony remembered which part of the story was on each page. He would sit in his cozy green and yellow striped chair in the corner of the den, look at the pictures and tell the story to himself. Anthony didn't read yet. All he could do was spell out his name, but he wasn't sure which sound came with each letter and some of the letters came out backwards.

Anthony's mom worked during the day and Anthony's dad took care of him. In the afternoons, when the weather was good, Anthony and his dad would walk to the park a few blocks from where they lived. There were interesting things to see and do along the way.

On the corner, there was a house that still had its Christmas lights up, even though Christmas had been over for months. The lights were on during the day as well as at night. Anthony's mom passed that house each day on her way to work. She said that the people who lived there were energy wasters and hurting the country. Anthony's dad said that the people hadn't found the time to take down their lights. Anthony wondered how somebody lost time and, if they had lost it, how they looked for it and found it again, but he didn't say anything. He liked having the lights on. They blinked four colors: white, blue, green and red. Anthony liked to try and guess which color would come next.

Still on the way to the park, across the street from the house with the Christmas lights, was the public library. Anthony had his own "Card for Young Readers". He felt proud when he checked out a book for his parents to read to him. It was at the library that Anthony's dad had first suggested that Anthony check out The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh. But when it was time to return the book to the library, Anthony wanted his parents to keep reading it to him. So, Anthony made an important decision. He decided that he wanted to buy his very own copy with the money his grandmother had sent for his birthday. His dad was happy to drive Anthony to the bookstore, and help him pick out the book. Anthony chose a copy with a hard cover. He wanted it to last forever. As soon as he got home, Anthony wrote his name in the front of the book with a red crayon. That night he slept with the book next to him in his bed!

Next door to the library on the way to the park was a small grocery store that had fruit from all over the world. Anthony loved to look at all the fruit. One day Anthony had found a star fruit and he asked the store owner if it was related to a starfish.
[Star fruit is in the shape of a five pointed star. It has a golden yellow to green color and a waxy skin. The flavor seems to be similar to plums, pineapples, and lemons, all rolled into one fruit. It originated in Sri Lanka and the Moluccas and has been cultivated in Southeast Asia and Malaysia for several hundred years. For more information and a photograph of a star fruit click here.]
Just after the market there was a shallow hole in the middle of the sidewalk. Anthony didn't know how this hole had gotten here, but he liked to imagine that maybe a sky pirate had dropped a treasure chest from his flying ship. The chest had broken open on the sidewalk and treasure had scattered all around. Whenever he passed by the hole in the sidewalk Anthony looked to see if he could find any gold coins from the treasure chest.

After the hole in the sidewalk came the park.

One afternoon, not so very long ago, Anthony and his dad walked to the park so that Anthony could play on the jungle gym. Anthony took his new copy of The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh because Anthony took the book everywhere and the park was no exception. Anthony's dad locked the door to their house and the two of them walked past the house with the lights and then past the library. They went into the market to buy a banana and a kiwi fruit to eat at the park. Anthony's dad also bought some oranges to bring home. Anthony looked all around for some star fruit but there weren't any in the store. Then Anthony and his dad walked past the hole in the sidewalk. Anthony turned this way and that looking for any of the pirate's treasure that might still be there.

When they came to the park, they sat down on a bench next to the picnic tables. Anthony peeled the banana while his dad took the skin off the kiwi fruit and cut it in half with a pocket knife. Then each gave the other half of his fruit. Anthony loved the sweet soft taste of the banana and the green clean taste of the kiwi fruit. After that, Anthony played on the swings and the jungle gym. He ran across the wobbly bridge and went down the slide. He spent some time in the sand box and . Then he found some friends and they played hide and go seek. Anthony's dad talked to the mothers of the other kids. All too soon, it was time to go home. Anthony was happy because he'd been able to play so much. His dad carried the bag of oranges and Anthony skipped all the way home.

When they reached the front door to their house, Anthony's dad put down the bag of oranges and was searching his pockets for the key to open up the lock. It was then that Anthony realized something was terribly wrong. He looked around his feet, patted his pockets, and scratched his head. Something wasn't right . . . and then he remembered. His heart dropped. "My book!" he cried. "I don't have my book! -- Dad, I lost my book!" Anthony looked in the bag of oranges but his book wasn't there. He felt sick to his tummy. A deep fear gripped his chest. "Where's my book?!"

As Anthony felt tears squiggling in his eyes, his dad knelt down next to him. He gave Anthony a big hug and said, "I know it's scary to lose something that's important to you, but we might be able to find it. If we stay brave and think positive, we have a good chance. It'll be like a treasure hunt." Anthony's lip quivered. This treasure hunt was for real.

"But, Dad, how are we ever going to find one little book in this whole wide world?" Anthony's voice cracked and he felt a tear slip down his cheek. He didn't want to cry, so he stared at his shoelaces very hard.

His dad took his hand and knelt down so that his head was at the same level as Anthony's. "The best way to find something you've lost is to retrace your steps," said Anthony's dad.

".Retrace? ". Anthony asked, unsure of what the word meant.

"Yep! " said his dad. "It means to go back over something again. Just like if you draw a picture with a pencil, and then draw over the pencil lines with a bright marker. You are retracing the line. And to retrace our steps, all we have to do is find a place to start. That place is the last time you remember having your book. Now, tell me, what can you remember about when you last had your book today?"

Anthony thought for a minute. "I can't remember things like that," he thought, "We have done so many different things today." Then his eyes lit up. "Oh! I remember, I had the book with me when we went into the store, when we bought the banana and the kiwi fruit!"

"Great start," said his dad standing up. He put the bag of oranges inside the house. He stepped outside again, closed the door and locked it. "Let's look at the store and if it's not there, we'll retrace the path we took to get to the park".

This time Anthony's held his dad's hand as they went past the Christmas tree lights, past the library and right to the store. Anthony looked all around the outside of the store, but the book wasn't there. They went into the store but the manager said that he hadn't seen a book. They looked all around the store, on the shelves and tables where the fruit was kept. They looked on the floor and even under the tables. Anthony thought there'd be a lot of dust and old pieces of forgotten fruit hidden under the tables, but the place was very clean. And there was no book. The manager said he'd keep an eye out for the book and wished them luck.

"Alright, now we try at the park," said Anthony's dad. As they went outside, Anthony kept his eyes on the ground trying to look all around for his book. "Anthony, you look on the right and I'll look on the left," his dad said. Anthony didn't remember which side was right and which was left, so he looked at his dad. His dad was looking on one side of the sidewalk for the book, so Anthony looked on the other.

They passed the shallow hole in the middle of the sidewalk. The book wasn't in the hole. Or anywhere near the hole. Anthony had this wild thought that the pirate who had lost his treasure chest had come back looking for his gold and found the book instead. Or maybe one of the trees from the park had decided to pull up its roots and take a walk. What if it had seen his book and taken it, thinking it looked interesting?

When they reached the park, Anthony's dad said, "Okay, where did we first go when we got here?"

"The bench", said Anthony and he ran over to the bench. He looked all around but there was no book. A family was having a picnic on the tables nearby. The kids were playing tag, laughing and running around, and Anthony thought that he'd like to be them, without a care in the world, their favorite book waiting for them at home in their favorite chair.

Anthony walked toward the swings. The book wasn't there. He pushed some sand around, but the book wasn't buried. He looked on top of the slide, slid down, and then looked underneath the slide. All he could see were blades of grass and a little bird pecking at the dirt. He went to the wobbly bridge and walked very, very slowly, looking up, down and side to side, trying to see if he could spot the book somewhere in the distance. He couldn't. And as he swung across the monkey bars, he couldn't see the book, either.

Anthony was feeling frustrated. "I can't find my book anywhere. I guess I have lost my book forever." He was mad at himself for losing the book, but he was even madder that he couldn't find it again!

His dad said, "So we've looked through the park as best we can and we still can't find it. Think hard, do you remember having the book any time at the park? "Anthony shrugged and kicked at the grass. His dad said, "Well, what does Pooh Bear do when he is trying to remember something?"

Anthony couldn't help but smile. He crossed his arms and tapped his head and said, "Think, think, think. . . . But I can't think of anything, Dad. We've looked everywhere."

Then his dad said, "Okay, then let's look again. Maybe we missed something the first time. Back to the bench." Anthony didn't see any good in this because they'd already looked around the bench. But he followed his dad.

As they looked around the bench, Anthony noticed the other family's little girl giggling as she sat at the bench next to him. She had her head pushed all the way into a book that looked awfully familiar. Anthony slowly approached the family. ".Um, excuse me? ". he said quietly. The mother turned and saw him standing there, "Hi there. Is everything okay? ".

"It might be," said Anthony. He didn't take his eyes off of the book for a second. "I don't mean to bother you, and this might sound like a weird question, but that book your daughter is reading, is that your book?".

The mother leaned over her daughter and glanced at the pages. "No, we actually just found this book sitting on the bench over there."

Anthony's heart leapt and he grinned. "I think that book might be mine," he said happily, "Look in the front, I wrote my name in it. It will say 'Anthony'! In red crayon!"

The mother slipped the book out from her daughter's hands and flipped to the front cover. She looked at it, and then at Anthony. Anthony could hardly take the suspense. The mother closed the book, smiled, and handed it to him. "Why, I guess it is your book! I'm so glad that you came back to find it, because this truly is a special book. In fact, we've been reading it all afternoon! And now that you have your copy back, do you happen to know where we could find one to read?"

Anthony took the book from the mother's hands and immediately felt relaxed. He hugged the book tightly to his chest. He pointed down the street. "At the library! That's where I found it the first time! And thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping my book safe! " said Anthony. The mother nodded and waved goodbye.

Anthony ran back to his dad, who was waiting at the bench. "I found it!" he shouted as he held the book up in the air. "I can see that," said his dad, laughing.

"It worked, retracing our steps, it worked!" Anthony yelled and jumped up and down.

Together Anthony and his Dad walked back home. Once inside Anthony went straight to the den, snuggled into his cozy green and yellow striped chair, and turned to the first page of The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Bridges to Reading --- The movie is based on the famous collection of stories under the same name by A.A. Milne You can find this book online or at your local library.

Other Movies --- Children who love this movie and the characters in the Hundred Acre Wood might be interested in other Pooh movies like "Pooh's Heffalump Movie", "Piglet's Big Movie" or "The Tigger Movie". There are also plenty of Pooh movies based on different themes like Halloween. Check online or at your local library for more!

Talking and playing based on family movies is an excellent way to enhance verbal skills and foster social and emotional learning. It's also a great opportunity for character education and increases communication between parent and child. When fathers and mothers make entertainment an engine for their child's growth and development, they are practicing intentional parenting at its best.

Check out TWM's Index of Guides to Talking and Playing for Growth. For all of the indexes, click here.

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