Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends
How old is Winnie-the-Pooh?
Deep within the 100-Acre Woods lives the friend to all, Winnie-the-Pooh. One of the most beloved characters of Disney is a teddy bear named Winnie-the Pooh. There was a dispute about the actual birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh. Some argue that Winnie’s birthday is 1921. That’s the year the author of these popular children books, A.A. Milne, gave a teddy bear to his son, Christopher Robin, for his first birthday. That would make Winnie-the-Pooh 91 years old this year (2012).
Others argue that Pooh was not born until 1925, the year that his name changed from “Edward Bear” to “Winnie Pooh.” That would put Winnie at 87 years old. A.A. Milne settles the argument when he wrote in the House at Pooh corner a conversation between Pooh and Christopher Robin.
Christopher Robin asks his beloved Pooh bear to always remember him, even if he lives to be a hundred years old. Pooh agrees, but is still curious to know how old that would make him. Christopher tells Pooh that would make him 99 years old. Sadly, Christopher Robin only lived to be 75 years old, but pooh kept his promise to always remember him. In fact, pooh is now 91 years old and he and Christopher Robin will remain in the hearts of Winnie the Pooh fans for evermore!
Winnie-the-Pooh got his unusual name from two live animals familiar to the Milne family. Winnie was a live bear living in the London Zoo and Pooh was a swan who swam in a lake near their home. It’s not clear why Christopher Robin changed the name of his bear from Edward Bear to Winnie-Pooh.
The story began from a bedtime story Alan Milne would tell Christopher Robin about his Pooh bear. When Alan was asked by a publisher of London Evening News for a Christmas Eve story, Alan’s wife, Daphne, encouraged him towrite the bedtime story about Winnie-Pooh. The story was so popular it became the first chapter of the book, “Winnie-the-Pooh.”
The book “When We Were Young” introduced Pooh Bear’s neighbors and friends of the 100-Acres Woods: Eeyore, the gloomy donkey, Piglet, the timid, stuttering baby pig, Kanga, the kind-hearted mother kangaroo and Roo, her son. Tigger, Rabbit and Owl were later created by Milne because they were not a part of Christopher Robin’s nursery. The world loved the idea of The Teddy Bear and his friends and over 150,000 copies were sold in the US alone by the end of 1926.
“Now We Are Six” was published in 1927 and sold 94,000 copies in England in the first two months of its release. The final book written in 1928, “The House at Pooh Corner” added Tigger to the group of friends and the game called “Poohsticks.” Sales were so numerous that the last book in the series had an astounding 130 printings from 1928 – 1943.
Why Everyone Will Always Love Winnie-the-Pooh
Winnie-the-Pooh is portrayed as a helpful friend who is willing to do anything he can to help his friends. He is always seen on his way to melancholy Eeyore’s house or one of his other friends to help them out of a dilemma. Winnie-the-Pooh may not be the sharpest teddy bear in the world, but he is the most caring of them all. The object lessons we have all learned from Winnie-the-Pooh over the last 90 years will go on to teach love for others to future generations.
And here is one of my favorite Pooh episodes, featuring Owl, who is probably my favorite character. Enjoy…..