For all you Winnie the Pooh lovers out there, today is the day to celebrate! January 18th is the day we get to honor author A.A. Milne and all things Pooh related!
Why January 18th?
January 18th was A.A. Milne’s birthday. Milne was born in 1886. He began writing the beloved stories for his son, Christopher Robin way back in 1926. The original black bear named Winnie lived in the London Zoo during World War I. Milne’s son liked to visit the bear. Christopher Robin named his own stuffed bear Winnie in honor of the black bear. The Pooh he named after a swan named Pooh. Who knew?
What else about Winnie the Pooh are we missing?
Also, the characters of Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo were created from some of Christopher Robin’s other stuffed toys. Owl and Rabbit were not. The Hundred Acre Wood was based on Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Furthermore, the original Winnie the Pooh toy is on display in the New York Public Library.
Disney studios bought the rights to Winnie the Pooh and all the other characters in the 1960’s. However, the Disney studio added the Gopher character and made changes to the artwork and general look of the original artwork created by E.H.Shepard.
Disney has made many Winnie the Pooh animated features and has brought all the beloved characters to a whole new generation of Pooh lovers!
So how do se celebrate this very special day?
In conclusion, why not go to the library or local book store and get copies of Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner and re-read them. Or better yet, read them to the children in your life, or grandchildren.
Finally, we know they will love the stories and what better way to remember a different time than by introducing your tiny humans to the wonderful old bear!
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