This silly old bear and his friends are perhaps the most famous stuffed animals of all time. British author A.A. Milne wrote Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner for his son, Christopher Robin Milne, born in 1920. The real Christopher Robin had a stuffed bear, and later he was given a stuffed tiger, pig, donkey, and kangaroo. Ernest Shepard, who illustrated the stories, visited the Milne family at their country home and based his drawings on Christopher and his toys.
Winnie-the-Pooh was the first volume of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh, written by A. A. Milne and published by Methuen & Co. Ltd. (London) on October 14, 1926. The book focuses on the adventures of a teddy bear called Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, a small toy pig; Eeyore, a toy donkey; Owl, a live owl; and Rabbit, a live rabbit. The characters of Kanga, a toy kangaroo, and her son Roo are introduced later in the book, in the chapter entitled “In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath.” The bouncy toy-tiger character of Tigger is not introduced until the sequel, The House at Pooh Corner.
These books were themselves adapted from a collection of stories penned by Milne and originally published in the London Evening News, Punch Magazine, St. Nicholas Magazine, Vanity Fair and others, prior to publication in book form. Thus, the chapters in the book can be read independently of each other, as they are episodic in nature and plots do not carry over from one chapter to the next. Contents:
- In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees and the Stories Begin
- In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place
- In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle
- In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One
- In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump
- In Which Eeyore has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents
- In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath
- In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole
- In Which Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water
- In Which Christopher Robin Gives Pooh a Party and We Say Goodbye
The now famous honey-loving Pooh character can be found in countless cartoons, movies, and books, although there are differences between the original books and the subsequent movies, shows, and books. The Walt Disney company licensed the rights to adapt Winnie-the-Pooh for cartoons and films in 1961, and chose to drop the hyphens between the bear’s name.
For more information, see:
The Page at Pooh Corner – This site is dedicated to the wonderful stories found in the books, Winnie-The-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
Winnie-the-Pooh FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions And Other Things You Should Know About the Books by A. A. Milne.
The Characters of the Pooh Books – Descriptions of the characters, including differences between the original classics and the Disney versions.
Pooh Corner – The only website sanctioned by the Pooh Properties Trust, the owners of the copyright of the four books by A. A. Milne.
Winnie The Pooh Quotes – These aren’t just for children; these quotes contain wisdom that speaks to adults too.