Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy Birthday, A. A. Milne!

Today we celebrate the life of Alan Alexander Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, and other beloved children's classics including When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.

Many of the origins of Winie-the-Pooh are based on facets of Milne's life.  The character Winnie-the-Pooh was christened after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. Christopher's toys also lent their names to most of the other characters, except for Owl, Rabbit, and Gopher, who were added in Disney's version of Winnie-the-Pooh.  And Pooh's forest, the Hundred Acre Wood, is based on  Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England.

Thank you, Mr. Milne, for inviting us into the enchanting world of Winnie and his wonderful friends!

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