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National Winnie-the-Pooh Day

Posted by Brittany

National Winnie-the-Pooh DayOn this date in 1882 A.A. Milne, the creator of the Winnie-the-Pooh, was born in London, England.  Inspired by his son’s love of zoo animals, especially a black bear cub named Winnipeg, his stories and poems sprout from an interesting history.  Tales of the honey-loving Pooh Bear and his friends in the 100-Acre-Wood have mesmerized children and adults alike for 85 years.

I grew up with the Disney channel and a love of cartoons, especially anything with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.  But I also remember watching the Winnie-the-Pooh cartoons that came on after the regular Disney fare.  Winnie-the-Pooh wasn’t my favorite show so I never had many Pooh toys or read any of Milne’s books.  So for National Winnie-the-Pooh Day Chris and I decided to celebrate by reading a bit of the original “Winnie-the-Pooh” published in 1926.  (The entire book is available for free, complete with it’s adorable illustrations, when you download iBooks for iPhone and iPad.)  Chris read Chapter One aloud during our drive home and we couldn’t stop laughing — first at his character voices, and then at the bizarre nature of the writing.  The book is trippy — like Catbus from Totoro trippy — with a strange introduction and funny chapter names only fitting for a children’s book.  We enjoyed the first chapter but when I asked Chris if he wanted to read more, he said he was “fresh out of Pooh.”  (Ah, thank you A.A. Milne and Christopher Robin).  Later, when dinnertime approached, Chris and I honored pudgy little Pooh Bear by adding some honey-covered toast to the meal.  Now I know why he’s always after those darn bees!

Even if you aren’t a big fan of Winnie the Pooh, the bear and his friends have become celebre-toons in our society.  Is there any such thing as a Pooh-free (hehe) nursery, or a Pooh-less child’s bookshelf?  For adults and bigger kids, there are countless websites dedicated to the lovable character, complete with the best Pooh recipes (this is killing the 12-year-old in me), and Pooh clothing, movies, plush toys, etc.  Pooh, it seems, is everywhere.

So happy WInnie-the-Pooh Day!  He could kick Paddington’s ass any day.

Tomorrow is National Popcorn Day.  See you at the movies!

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