Saturday, December 24

Pooh

Winnie the Pooh, one of the world's best loved literary characters, is celebrating his 80th birthday.

Pooh--the main character in the bedtime stories by Alan Alexander Milne--first appeared in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve 1925 in the story, The Wrong Sort of Bees. The honey-loving bear's many adventures--along with his friends Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore--have since been translated into more than 40 languages and several Walt Disney animated films.

The inspiration for the stories came from Milne's son, Christopher Robin--who, as a result, figured into the stories as well. The real-life boy had a favorite teddy bear, which he named Winnie the Pooh in honor of a Canadian bear he had seen in London Zoo. He had other stuffed animals, including a kangaroo, a piglet and a donkey, which all became the basis for other characters in the stories, which were written for Milne's family.

The initial story was such a success that Milne wrote a whole anthology of Pooh stories, Winnie the Pooh, which was published about a year later, in October 1926.

3 comments:

covenantpromise said...

"Cuddleston,Cuddleston,Cuddleston pie....Ask me a riddle and I'll reply, Cuddleston,Cuddleston,Cuddleston Pie".

"Think,think,think.....said Pooh.

I have often wondered what makes anything (music, stories, legend etc...)"timeless".

My children (5yrs, 4yrs and 8 mos) love teenage mutant ninja turtles, strawberry shortcake and the like just as much as the next 21st century child. Yet nothing seems to bring more delight to them than a story that includes, ol' long ears, Pooh , roo, tidoublegrr and the rest of the crew taking a romp through the 100 acre wood. This one is truly a classic.
jbp

TulipGirl said...

A.A. Milne is one of the masters of the English langauge. The music of his writing is amazing. Years ago, I found a book of his plays in the little library in the little Massachuesetts town where we briefly lived. No one had checked it out in over a decade. I requested permission to buy it. I was declined. I'm embarrassed to say I seriously considered "losing" the book and "finding" it again after we moved.

But I didn't. And I haven't seen them anywhere else since then.

George said...

TG: Try doing a search on ABEBooks.com. I'm sure a copy will turn up pretty quickly.