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I confess I can’t count myself among the fans of Winnie the Pooh, but I urge you all to visit the new Pooh exhibit in the Horn Book’s backyard. For the devout, there are dozens of Shepard’s sketches and illustrations and manuscript pages (and I’m hoping Lolly, who I ran into at the opening party, will weigh in here), and for my inner four-year-old and your actual ones, there is a feast of things to do. Ring a bell! Climb halfway up Christopher Robin’s stairs! Go back down! Stand on a little bridge and watch the Pooh sticks float below! There’s a slide! (I asked the two guards which required more attention, the bell or the slide, and they told me they switched places often enough that neither got too bad.) Best of all, the exhibit designers have worked miracles in allowing for both adult and child-sized experiences in a way that neither impedes the other, and, despite the bell, the atmosphere is calm and soothing. If this is what the Hundred Acre Wood is like, I’m moving there.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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  1. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    I agree with Roger — don’t miss this one! I went to the preview thinking i’d do a short write-up for Out of the Box, but this exhibit gets so much right that I plan to meet with the US curator (it originated at the Victoria & Albert in London) to get more information and expand our coverage.

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