While Pooh stands alone, Milne’s other writings are worth reading, especially this collection of short stories and silly poems, many from his days with Punch. He lampoons literary pretensions in several self-conscious stories and plays, and his explanation of his “One Star” as a Second Lieutenant is hilarious. Anytime “Celia” appeared, the story would be a great example of Milne’s gift of mining the mundane for lightly humorous gold, but my favorite is probably the one describing the sound of a letter traveling down the chute to the letterbox. Through Celia and her husband, Milne gives us a refreshing portrait of married life as a dance, rather than a battle, between the sexes.
Many of these selections will no doubt be read aloud in the Bowen home for years to come.