Delve into the home of the world's most beloved bear! Few people know that the Hundred Acre Wood-the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh's adventures-was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 14,000 acres in southeast England. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the enchanting landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. You can visit the ancient black walnut tree on the edge of the forest that became Pooh's house, go deep into the pine trees to find Poohsticks Bridge, and climb up to the top of the enchanted Galleons Lap, where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin. You will discover how Milne's childhood connection with nature and his role as a father influenced his famous stories, and how his close collaboration with illustrator E. H. Shepard brought those stories to life. This charming book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals, and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest, whether you are visiting in person or from the comfort of your favorite armchair. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H.
Shepard's original illustrations, hundreds of colour photographs, and Milne's own words, you will rediscover your favourite characters and the magical place they called home.
Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape designer, historian, writer, and lecturer. She has master's degrees in garden history and creative nonfiction with a particular interest in literary landscapes. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh is a New York Times bestseller, a People Best New Book Pick, and it was featured on National Public Radio. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and the Garden History Society. Learn more at kathrynaalto.com.