4 April 2011

The story of the audio tapes

Hi, Today I am joining in with Sian's storytelling Sunday. For the observant of you, it is now monday but I love stories and this was too good an oppertunity to miss, Hope that is ok Sian?!

When we were very young, to while away a long journey in the car we would listen to audio tapes. This was back in the days when CD's were new and hip and an i-pod hadn't even been thought of. Story books are big in our household. Bed time reading was a ritual that happened without fail after baths in the evening. It was only natural then that our favourite tapes in the car were stories.

We all had our favourites. Maximus the church mouse was high up on the list as was Tintin when we got slightly older. My favourites were Anne of Green Gables and The Railway Children but naturally these were not often listened to in the car with two younger brothers!

The Story that we all loved most though was Winnie the Pooh. I hasten to add that this wasn't the disney version. This was the original text by AA Milne and read by Alen Bennett. The stories in their sweetest most simple form with brilliant voices for all the characters. Our all time favourite part of the audio tape though was when Piglet believes he has caught a heffalump in the trap he and pooh makes. His squeals of alarm had my brothers and I howling with laughter for minutes.The tape was played so many times that we could often recite large sections.

The story of the audio tapes doesn't end there.
I still have the tape in my room and every now and again put it on.
Winnie the Pooh is an icon in our household and it is normal for a family member to enter a room and cry "hello everybody" in a very good impression of tigger.

The story of Winnie the Pooh is one that traced through my childhood and one that still makes me smile!

"Owl," said Pooh. "I've thought of something."
"Astute and Helpful Bear," said Owl.
Pooh looked proud at being called a stout and helpful bear, and said modestly that he had just happened to think of it.
The House at Pooh Corner

"I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me."

Thanks for stopping by xxx


Sian said...

Abi, it is absolutely WAY more than okay! It is fantastic to have you join us this month - what a treat! I love your story and the illustrations you have chosen for it; and I can only agree that Winnie the Pooh read by Alan Bennett is magic (with Anne of Green Gables not far behind of course).

Thank you :) And I do hope we aren't keeping you away from any English revision??!

scrappyjacky said...

Pooh has always been a great favourite in our house....my eldest daughter actually spent 2 years BEING Tigger!!!!

Lynn said...

That is such a lovely story!

Gail said...

Love the story Abi and I definitely prefer the original Pooh. Love the illustrations you've chosen to use too.

Cheri said...

Pooh and his friends definitely have wisdom for the ages. Lovely story Abi!

Maria Ontiveros said...

We loved Pooh, an I still do. DS Henry had a stuffed piglet that he just adored, and Clara had a very small Pooh.

Mary B said...

Oh I love the original Winnie the Pooh too Disney has ruined it as far as I'm concerned. A lovely story well told.

furrypig said...

Winnie the Pooh is fab (though I do prefer the non disney type too!) being a pig fan I have to love piglet! Great story

Jimjams said...

Great post - I love the old-fashioned illustrations by E.H.Shepard - far more innocent and beautiful than Disney!

Susanne said...

Pooh rocks! My kids loved listening to books on tape too, but we didn't have A.A. Milne, pity.

Anonymous said...

I didn't read Winnie the Pooh when I was young and don't remember it from DD's childhood either. BUT, it was on my IPad so I'll have to check it out. TFS what is obviously a well-loved favorite!

humel said...

Love Winnie the Pooh!! And when I did my ArtsyCrafts workshop, I got nicknamed Tigger - I even got given a special badge! (I think maybe my excitement was showing just a little?!)

Miriam said...

Oh we all love WtP & Piglet too. I have Eeyore (very small cousin of course) on top of my fridge. Such a lovely story and beautifully told.
Original is best by far x