Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Change. Separation. Growing Up…these are themes we deal with in life that can be difficult to discuss with children at times. Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin by Bruce Talkington (an adaptation of the film) presents these themes in a way that can be embraced by young and old alike.
The story begins on the last day of Summer in Hundred-Acre Wood. Christopher Robin is anxious about telling his friend Winnie the Pooh that he will be starting school. When they meet at their favorite hill, Pooh finds a rather sad Christopher Robin and the following exchange takes place:
CR: “Pooh Bear, there’s something I need to tell you. Suppose a tomorrow came and we weren’t together?”
Pooh: “What does not together mean?’
CR: “It means I will always be with you, but that I might not always be here.”
Pooh: “Then I’m glad it’s tomorrow because then I don’t have to think about it today.”
CR: “Silly old bear!”
The following morning, Pooh finds a jar of honey with a note attached and takes it to where his friends Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyoer and Owl are. Owl reads the note and tells the group “Christopher Robin has gone to skull!” The friends asked Owl if he is absolutely sure and Owl responds, “Well, what else could S-C-H-O-O-L spell?” With that, the group of friends sets off with a map that none of them can read on an expedition to get Christopher Robin back from the mysterious skull place. As the story unfolds, we follow the friends as they encounter situations that test each of them. Will they be strong and brave enough without Christopher Robin there to help them?
I’ve not seen the movie version, but I thought the book was a heart-warming story and a great tool to discuss numerous life lessons: dealing with fear, facing difficulties or challenges in life, relying on friends/others for support, self-confidence and bravery, importance of reading and map skills, and recognizing that we are never truly alone. We really enjoyed it!
Expand The Lesson:
You can expand the lesson by offering a brief biography on A. A. Milne and his son (the real Christopher Robin), as well as references to Christopher’s stuffed toys (inspiration for characters) and Ashdown Forest (inspiration for Hundred Acre Wood).
just-Pooh.com offers lots of information, pictures and updates related to A.A. Milne and his Winnie the Pooh series.