Study Guide

Roo in The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

By A. A. Milne

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Roo may be the youngest character in the book and he's typically characterized by unbridled enthusiasm about EVERYTHING. He tends to be clumsy—he falls into mouse holes when we're first introduced, he slips into the river on the Expotition and he just loves stumbling around Owl's fallen house. Like any young child that we have stereotyped in our minds, he protests taking his medicine: "Roo was saying, 'Must I?' and Kanga was saying 'Now, Roo dear, you remember what you promised'" (House.2.132). He hates being left behind. And he finds the joy in scary experiences without having the foresight to see the danger. Like when he goes "swimming" in the river. And when he and Tigger fall from branch to branch in the trees, Roo exclaims: "'That was a lovely bit just now, when you pretended we were going to fall-bump-to-the-bottom, and we didn't. Will you do that bit again?'" (House.4.80)

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