De Tao van Pooh gaat over “hoe je in alle omstandigheden calm en gelukkig kunt blijven”. Schrijver Benjamin Hoff gebruikt de figuren en verhalen uit de boeken Winnie-The-Pooh en The House at Poo Corner om de basisprincipes van Taoïsme uit te leggen.
Hoff explains the principle of the Uncarved Block, meaning things in their natural state. “From the state of the Uncarved Block comes the ability to enjoy the simple and the quiet, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work, odd as that may appear to others at times… When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun… The Uncarved Block is a way of saying, ‘like Pooh.’”