Oct 6, 2009 5:06 PM | 0
On Monday, October 5, the unimaginable occurred—a new Winnie-the-Pooh book hit shelves. It’s confusing enough that the author of previous Pooh books, A.A. Milne, has been dead for over 50 years, but suddenly a new character has appeared! Okay, I’m not truly up-in-arms about this, but people around the world have voiced strong opinions about adding Lottie the Otter to this classic children’s series.
Objections ring out when any classic is altered by its creator or, even worse, someone else. But voices get particularly loud when it’s a childhood classic. Take the soon-to-be-released film version of Where the Wild Things Are—I’ve heard a lot of trepidation from those for whom the iconic book was a pivotal early reading experience.
On the one hand, the belief is that a new generation of readers will discover these classic books if they’re introduced in a new way. On the other, isn’t what makes them classic the fact that they are a product of their time and have gone unchanged for generations? Which side do you fall on the issue—is Lottie welcome in Hundred Acre Wood?