When someone says "Winnie The Pooh," the first reaction is usually thoughts of cutesy stories for children. However, as an adult rereading these stories, I have to say that these stories are just as delightful, if not funnier to read NOW!
I grew up enjoying the adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Roo, Rabbit, and Kanga. These characters were some of my favorite childhood companions. My youthful afternoons were spent watching all sorts of VHS tapes with stories of their adventures. As I got older, the idea of reading the Winnie the Pooh books suddenly became something interesting to me, and I checked out all the stories at the library. Eventually, I bought myself a copy of The House at Pooh Corner. I've read it cover to cover multiple times since then.
The beauty of Milne is that his books can be read again and again, and the story only gets better. As a child, these tales become funnier and funnier. The wry wit and humor starts to leak out. You pick up on small jokes that didn't make sense as a child. Like a classic family movie, these stories work for both parents (or childless adults) and kids. I know reading these stories again, I was quite enthralled by the stories, the humor, and the idealistic bubble of happiness that filled these tales.
During these grey January days and nights, this would be a great book to choose, bringing the reader out of the dark and gloom of the winter with the warmth of friendship and adventure.