Today January 18 is celebrated as Winnie the Pooh Day, in honor of the little bear and his friends.
How will you celebrate this furry old friend today?
It is the birthday of the writer A.A. Milne, who created Pooh.
Pooh, who has a big heart, is none too bright. Even he knows it. “For I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me,” he says.
Milne died in 1958.
The original stuffed animals can be seen at the New York Public Library.
Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear, as he was fondly called, is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie who 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. The books were illustrated by E.H. Shepard.
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.