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Teen Book Review: The Tao of Pooh

Taoism isn’t a religion, it’s a way of life. But like any complicated concept, it can be difficult to understand and even more difficult to explain. One of the reasons that *The Tao of Pooh* is such a great book is because it explains a way of life in terms anyone can understand, using characters we all know and love: Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends.

The book covers all facets of Taoism, including topics such as accepting and appreciating things in their natural state without trying to fight or change it. “…the basic Taoism that we are concerned with here is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life.” Pooh exemplifies the concepts of Taoism because of his disaffected attitude and his ability to believe that things will work themselves out in the end. Using a character from everyone’s childhood as well as brief humorous side notes, Benjamin Hoff explains Taoism in a way that is simple, easy to understand, and a lot of fun to read.

–book review by Alison Malehorn, a volunteer @ CLP – Main, Teen

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