If there’s anything that frightens Winnie the Pooh, other than running out of honey, it’s Heffalumps. You do of course know what a Heffalump is, don’t you? It’s an elephant-like creature that has been known to cause poor ol’ Pooh bear many a sleepless night because it seems intent on stealing his precious honey.
Winnie-the-Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt is written by the very talented Giles Andreae, who also wrote one of my all time favourite books Giraffes Can’t Dance. The story sees Pooh and Piglet bravely deciding to catch a Heffalump with a cunning trap baited with “a yumptious jar of honey.” The friends split up – Piglet is to dig the pit and Pooh is to fetch the honey. With the trap set the two plan to meet the next day to see what they’ve caught.
But Pooh is hungry, and when he discovers his last jar of honey was used in the trap he sets out into the dark forest to eat just one more pawful. Piglet, meanwhile, is scared, and longing for his best friend Pooh to be with him, and so he also sets out alone to find comfort from him.
What’s that “mournful, muffled moan”? Who is in the pit? Have they caught a Heffalump?
The Great Heffalump Hunt is a wonderful Winnie the Pooh story of friendship to share with your children. They will love the rhyming verse and the beautiful, coloured illustrations to accompany the tale of Pooh and Piglet’s brave new adventure. If you love Pooh Bear this is a must to add to your book shelf! It’s a lovely big book for children to hold, with a beautiful cover that features silver embossed stars and leaves as well as raised flickering fireflies.
Winnie-the-Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt is available from bookstores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R130. It’s recommended for children aged three to eight years old.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for giving us even more reasons to love Winnie the Pooh!