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National Winnie The Pooh Day

Happy National Winnie The Pooh Day, today is A.A. Milne’s birthday so what better way to celebrate than with his cuddly, adorable characters that have been part of many cherished childhoods and are planted deeply in many hearts old and young alike.

I really love Pooh Bear and his friends, especially Tigger and I love the stories too as they are so sweet and bring back so many fond memories from my childhood when I read them. These stories have spanned decades, they have been in publication for 90 years and are still as popular and loved today as they were back then. These stories have been read from generation to generation, I had these stories read to me as a small child and in turn I have read them to all my nieces and nephews who love them just as much. I think these characters have become part of nearly everyones childhood memories.

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A.A. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his young son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. The rest of Christopher Robin favourite toys, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, were also incorporated into Milne’s stories. Though, Owl and Rabbit were creations from Milne’s own imagination.

Did you know that Winnie The Pooh was named after “Winnie“, a Canadian black bear that Christopher Robin often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh“, after a swan they had met while on holiday.

The first collection of stories written about Winnie The Pooh, were in the book titled Winnie-the-Pooh that was published in 1926, and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner that was published 1928.

A.A. Milne also wrote poems about this special little bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young that was published in 1924 and many more followed in Now We Are Six published three-year later in 1927. All four volumes were  beautifully illustrated by E. H. Shepard. Milne’s stories have been translated into over 50 languages and are considered today as classic children’s stories.

 

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Us Two

Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.
“Let’s go together,” says Pooh.”What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh.
(“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.)
“I think it ought to be twenty-two.”
“Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
“It wasn’t an easy sum to do,
But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what it is,” said Pooh.”Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
“Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
“As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That’s what they are,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what they are,” said Pooh.

“Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.
“I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!
Silly old dragons!”- and off they flew.

“I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,
“I’m never afraid with you.”

So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. “That’s how it is,” says Pooh

A.A. Milne

Did you read the Winnie The Pooh stories when you were young or have you read them to your little ones? Who is your favourite character ?
Lots of Love Berry xx

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