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Winnie the Pooh Day: January 18th

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Winnie the Pooh Day



AA Milne was born on 18th January, 1882. He grew up to write many books and plays, but is by far best known for that willy nilly silly old bear, Winnie the Pooh.

To celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day, here are 10 things you may not know about the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff…

1. Christopher Robin was a real person – AA Milne’s son.

2. Winnie the Pooh was an Alpha Farnell teddy bear Christopher Robin received for his first birthday. Originally named Edward, he was later named after Winnie, a Canadian black bear who had been a military mascot in World War 1 and ended up in London Zoo. “Pooh” came from a swan of the same name.

3. The other characters in the book: Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo and Tigger were also Christopher Robin’s toys – but Rabbit and Owl were creations of Milne’s imagination.

4. In the original Winnie the Pooh books, the illustrator EH Shepard drew Pooh in the image of his own son’s teddy, Growler.

5. Hundred Acre Wood (where Winnie the Pooh lives) is based on Five Hundred Acre Wood, part of Ashdown Forest  in East Sussex; AA Milne lived on the edge of the forest.

6. There are two Winnie the Pooh books: Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. He didn’t want to write more books because Christopher Robin was growing older, and he felt any further books would be lacking in originality.

7.  As well as the two books, there were poems about the bear in two of his collections of poetry, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.

8. The original Winnie the Pooh did not have a red shirt – that was the invention of an American producer named Stephen Slesinger. Slesinger bought US and Canadian merchandising, television, recording and other trade rights to Winnie the Pooh from AA Milne in 1930, and  in so doing, created the modern licensing industry. Within two years, Winnie the Pooh was worth £50 million a year – and that was before Disney got involved!

9. Winnie the Pooh was originally Winnie-the-Pooh. Disney removed the hyphens when they purchased the rights from Slesinger’s widow in 1961.

10. There are four Winnie the Pooh movies: Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie and Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.

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