This is one of my favorite children’s books! I do not know why I love it so much. Since my daughter was born, I have been reading this book to her. I do not even remember buying it for her, but I must have at some point. The Winnie the Pooh: ‘How to Catch a Heffalump” story features the Pooh characters: Piglet, Pooh, and Christopher Robin with Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, and Kanga on the inside cover picture.
It all starts at a picnic, of course! Christopher Robin mentions that he thought he saw a Heffalump yesterday and wishes that he had caught it. Christopher Robin heads home and Winnie the Pooh wants to thank him in some way for the picnic. Pooh’s grand idea to thank him is to catch the heffalump!! Piglet seems none too happy to hear that and is a bit shaky about the whole thing. A clever plan in the works, they start drawing diagrams with a stick in the dirt of a trap to catch it.
Of course, since neither Pooh nor Piglet had ever seen a heffalump, questions were brought up such as what does a heffalump look like and what kind of food would draw the heffalump to the trap? Pooh thinks that heffalumps eat honey as Pooh likes honey! “At least he thought they did.” Pooh heads home to pick up some honey while Piglet digs the hole for the trap. The honey jar was too heavy to carry, so Pooh puts some in his mouth. It was still too heavy so Pooh ate more of it. They put the honey pot in the hole to lure the heffalump to the trap. Pooh and Piglet agree to meet back to see if they had caught one the next morning.
That night, Pooh got hungry and went to the cabinets to get some honey…only to find that he was out of honey! He thought about it and remembered the honey in the trap. “Heffalumps like honey, it will probably eat the whole pot! At least he thought it would.” After a bit, Pooh decides to head back to the honey pot. Pooh crept closer to the trap to see if they had caught a heffalump. Closer….until he fell in the hole! He found the honey pot exactly where they left it and started eating the last little bit of honey out of it. The next morning, Piglet ran to see the heffalump in the trap. Once he arrived there, he saw a monster with a big head! Piglet ran to Christopher Robin and told him they had caught one! Christopher Robin followed Piglet back and once he looked in the hole, he started laughing. It was Pooh, not a monster, with the honey pot stuck on his head.
My daughter enjoys this book and we have had it for years. It is a fun story and the best Pooh book that we have ever read. It is one of our favorite children’s books! The pictures are bright, colorful cartoon creations of Pooh and the 100-acre Wood as well as Pooh’s and Piglet’s house. The best part of the book is all of the imagined pictures of what a heffalump might look like. Is it big? Is it very horrible? The very creative pictures of heffalumps is the part we enjoy most!!
Even though Piglet and Pooh are afraid of heffalumps, their imagined pictures of what a heffalump may look like are not scary. They are more fanciful creations than anything. One is a bumblebee crossed with an elephant. They actually look friendly.
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