I heard on the radio today that there is an authorized sequal to the 83 year old Winnie the Pooh series. David Benedictus (who could ask for a cooler name?!) has been authorized by the estate of A.A. Milne to write Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.
The book has a few changes. There is a new character. Lottie the Otter is a bossy, pearl-wearing female otter. Christopher Robin is older and Eeyore is a bit less depressed--more proactive, Benedictus says.
Whether Benedictus' attempt is as well written as the original remains to be seen. Whether today's children (and their parents) would be drawn to a children's book as well written as the original Winnie the Pooh books were, is another question altogether. The balance is tricky to maintain.
I would love to get a copy of this new book outlining Christopher Robin's adventures now that he is a school boy. Perhaps it is time to Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.