National Winnie the Pooh Day on January 18th commemorates author A.A. Milne’s birthday in 1882. He brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories, which also featured his son, Christopher Robin. Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear, as he was fondly called, is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie. Winnie lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her and a swan named Pooh.
This friendship inspired a collection of books starting with Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926. E.H. Shepard beautifully illustrated the books.
Their adventures took them and millions of children through the Hundred Acre Woods. Each character played a unique role in the books. Whether the wisdom of Owl or Rabbit lead the group awry or a celebration ensued, the stories characters became beloved around the world.
In the 1960s, Disney bought the rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh characters dropping the hyphen from Pooh’s name. The illustrations were a bit different, too.
Milne’s stories have been translated into over 50 languages and are considered classic children’s stories today.
Quotes by Winnie the Pooh
HOW TO OBSERVE #WinnieThePoohDay
Snuggle up with your favorite Pooh fan, a pot of honey, and take turns reading about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Share your favorite Pooh Bear adventure or quote. Watch a Winnie the Pooh movie. Listen to songs like “Return to Pooh Corner” by Kenny Loggins.
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Winnie the Pooh Day was created to celebrate the birthday of the creator, A.A. Milne. Realistically, Winnie the Pooh (and all his friends) were created from stuffed animals that Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne, had as a child. Christopher Robin is also a character in the stories himself.
Think of how you can describe the characters' personalities
- Roo, the joey, is always adventurous and curious about things.
- Piglet, the pig, is scared and timid when it comes to some situations, but can be brave at times.
- Tigger, the tiger, is the silliest and hyper character. He'll bounce on other characters to wake them up.
- Winnie the Pooh, the bear, never forgets a pot of honey. He'll say that his pot is empty, but then confess that he ate it all.
- Eeyore, the donkey, is always sad and in a mopey mood.
- Rabbit is the smartest one out of the group. Everyone will come to him and find solutions to their problems.
- Owl speaks out his opinions about things and tells stories about his family.
- Watch Winnie the Pooh videos or catch episodes on television. Sing favourite songs from the movies, such as the "Tigger Song" and the main "Winnie The Pooh" song. Cuddle and sleep with a stuffed animal of your favourite character. Put a small plush toy keychain on your bag or wallet. Little girls can have a Winnie the Pooh tea party. Have fun spending time with your plush animals.
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