Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Very Famous Teddy Bear

We all know the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin thanks to author A.A. Milne’s loveable books and Disney’s darling films. But did you know that Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh were real? 

Christopher Robin was the son of author A.A. Milne, and Winnie was the name of his beloved teddy bear. His bear was named after a real bear that Christopher Robin often visited in the London Zoo. 

(That's author and father A.A. Milne, young Christopher Robin, and Winnie the Pooh!)
Just like his namesake, Winnie the zoo bear had a lot of adventures himself: Winnie was bought in Winnipeg (a Canadian city for which he is named) for $20 by a Canadian Lieutenant about to depart to England during World War I. While the soldiers were fighting in France, Winnie lived at the London Zoo. He became such a popular attraction that the Lieutenant donated him to the zoo. 

(There's the real life Winnie with a soldier.)

Where did the “Pooh” part of Winnie’s name come from? Pooh was the name of a swan! Christopher Robin had seen Pooh the swan while on holiday.

The forest where Christopher Robin and Pooh play is called the Hundred Acre Wood in the books. In real life, it is based on Ashdown Forest. Rumor has it that Christopher Robin once lost another one of his toys, Piglet, in these woods, and it has become a tradition for British children to search for Piglet while visiting the forest.
You can even see Christopher Robin’s teddy bear on display at the New York Public Library. 

Are you interested in learning more about Winnie the Pooh? Check our online catalog for A.A. Milne’s books HERE.

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