The Te Of Piglet by Benjamin HoffThe Te Of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

The Te Of Piglet

byBenjamin Hoff

Paperback | November 1, 1993

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The Te of Piglet . . . in which a good deal of Taoist wisdom is revealed through the character and actions of A. A. Milne's Piglet. Piglet? Yes, Piglet. For the better than impulsive Tigger? or the gloomy Eeyore? or the intellectual Owl? or even the lovable Pooh? Piglet herein demonstrates a very important principle of Taoism: The Te--a Chinese word meaning Virtue--of the Small. Happy 90th birthday (October 14th), to one of the world's most beloved icons of  literature, Winnie-the-Pooh! 
Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon. As a child, he preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. And from an early age he loved to write. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Tao of Pooh and The Diary of Opal Whiteley.
Title:The Te Of PigletFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.23 × 5.08 × 0.72 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140230165

ISBN - 13:9780140230161

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12


Rated 1 out of 5 by from exasperating I don't know much about Taoism, but I can't believe that this grumpy, regressive, bitter book reflects it accurately. The chapter railing at married women who don't take their husband's surnames is where I threw the book across the room.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hoff Misses the Point Hoff completely misses the point of what made the Tao of Pooh so successful. He goes into much deeper philosophy in this book while trying to use Piglet to explain what is happening. The difficult concepts do not work well with the simple characters, and the author is unable to accurately explain his train of thought. The book also comes across as an ego-booster for the author, as he discusses his views as if there is no other answer than his own. Readers looking for the Tao of Pooh 2.0 must look elsewhere.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who knew Piglets had so much to say? The sequel to Hoff's Tao of Pooh is probably one of the deeper parts of his writing. As in Tao of Pooh, Hoff explains the basic principles of Chinese Tao'ism and explains beautifully how A.A. Milne's characters are representive of the various aspects to this ideology. In Te of Piglet, Hoff was not only more in depth but seemed to explore a greater empathy in his writing, rather than empowering Piglet to be "small but mighty," he seemed to make the reader feel somewhat sorry for Piglet. In all honesty, this was my only criticism to the writing and found it to flow well with Pooh book. Picks up right where Tao of Pooh left off and gives you a little more food for thought. A suggested read indeed.
Date published: 2004-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An average sequel Once again Hoff uses Winnie the Pooh characters as a vehicle to explain Taoism, but in the Te of Piglet, Hoff carries the discussion a step further and links his thoughts with some of the issues facing society today. While on a personal level I may agree with most of what he is saying, I found that Hoff feels VERY passionately about his beliefs and that reflects in a more "assertive" writing style. I found the Te of Piglet worth reading and I would still recommend this book, but I definitely did not enjoy it as much as the Tao.
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excuse for a political opinion piece This "sequel" to the Tao of Pooh was not worth reading, never mind buying. The biased portrayal of Confucianism and Buddhism that existed in the Tao of Pooh is even worse in the Te of Piglet. I would suggest that readers refer to other sources if they want a more accurate portrayal of the "three great religions of China". (Thomas Cleary comes to mind) The Tao of Pooh was interesting because it found an alternate, unexpected and yet quite good analogy with Winnie the Pooh epitomizing the ideal Taoist. Unfortunately, this fresh view of Taoism through Pooh is not available to save this book. The analogy becomes contrived as Hoff seems to force archetypes onto the Pooh characters all in order to spout political rhetoric. There is much less in the way of universal, timeless lessons and more in the way of one-sided cynicism and arrogance in the superiority of Hoff's view of the Taoist way. Although the book claims to be about Taoism, it seems more like a prolonged political essay. I cannot recommend this book even if it is sometimes bundled with the Tao of Pooh. The only reason why I didn't give a 1 was because the writing was technically okay.
Date published: 1999-06-13

From Our Editors

Combining the irresistible charm of the A.A. Milne classic, the enduring wisdom of ancient teachings, and the contemporary appeal of its predecessor, this delightfully enlightening sequel to The Tao of Pooh is sure to captivate the legions of loyal readers who have found pleasure in walking the Path of Pooh. 51 line drawings