“What day is it?”, asked Winnie the Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
― A.A. Milne
Today, January 18th, is the birthday of author A.A. Milne. And it is thus, that today we celebrate what I believe to be his most marvellous creation: Winnie the Pooh. Author A.A. Milne brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories which also featured his son, Christopher Robin.
I have always loved Winnie the Pooh as long as I can remember. I think I was around the age of eight when I started to read the books alone. I also recall watching The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on a Saturday morning when I was a little older.
It wasn’t just Winne the Pooh that was adorable. So many other characters that I loved. To name a few there is Piglet, Eeyore,Tigger and Rabbit. Piglet always tries his very best to brave even though he was a small animal and Rabbit used to always organise everything.
“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
― A.A. Milne
Here are a couple of facts about this wonderfully marvellous bear and the stories.
Do you know where Winnie-the-Pooh got his name?
As Milne explains in his introduction of Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin has a swan (or the swan had Christopher Robin) that he called Pooh. After the swan was gone, Christopher Robin went to the zoo and saw a bear named Winnipeg, or Winnie. So when Edward Bear needed a new name, Christopher Robin called him Winnie-the-Pooh.
Did you know the Hundred Acre Wood was based on a real place?
Cotchford Farm, A.A. Milne’s country home in East Sussex, backed up to the northern edge of Ashdown Forest, which had a section called Five Hundred Acre Wood, in which Christopher Robin frequently played. The wooden bridge Christopher Robin and his nanny would take to get from Cotchford Farm to Ashdown Forest is now called Poohsticks Bridge. I am sure most people have played Poohsticks at some point.
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?”
― A.A. Milne
I will never tire of Winnie the Pooh, I even have a wonderful book The Tao of Pooh. A book that is full of all Winnie the Pooh’s wisdom. The book makes you stop and think. All of the characters relate to a different part of emotion that the reader can relate too. The Tao of Pooh is aimed at older teens and adults.
To celebrate this wonderful bear I might indulge in some honey on toast and introduce my children to this wonderful bear by watching some of his episodes on Netflix.
I hope everyone has a lovely Winnie the Pooh day!