At the book's end, Christopher Robin bids farewell to his animal friends in a symbolic farewell to his childhood. It's a poignant end to a splendid book. "This is an absolutely perfect ending," said Maria Nikolajeva, a Cambridge University education professor who has taught Milne's works for 30 years, "and doing anything beyond this is pointless."
So much for leaving perfection alone. Starting today, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood -- the first authorized sequel to the book in more than 80 years -- goes on sale in stores worldwide.
What next? A Casablanca II movie?
How about a sequel to Wuthering Heights, where Catherine and Heathcliff magically come back to life and run away together? Or maybe Tom Joad can get a nice, steady, white-collar job in a follow-up to The Grapes of Wrath .
The classics shouldn't be tampered with. And The House at Pooh Corner is undeniably a classic. It doesn't require a sequel, just like the Mona Lisa doesn't require a few extra brush strokes.