Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Winnie the Pooh


winnie the pooh & friends
Originally uploaded by weennee

Oops, I posted without a photo and three friends left comments, so I am posting again, with photo this time.
This gang is so cute, they deserve a photo, don't you think?
October 14 is Winnie the Pooh's birthday, with the book of that title published on that date in 1926.
Do you have a favorite Pooh character? I might choose Eeyore, he is so sad and woe be gone, and needs a friend.
Tigger is a cute fireball of energy.
I learned today that Winnie is based on a real Canadian black bear that lived in the London Zoo.
The author, A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin, loved to visit Winnie in the zoo and named his own teddy bear Winnie.
The black bear arrived in England in 1919 as the mascot of a brigade from Canada, which was sent to fight in World War I. When the brigade was sent to fight in France, the soldier who adopted Winnie loaned him to the zoo, where Winnie lived until his death in 1934. The solider bought the orphaned Winnie in Winnipeg, Canada, so he gained the name Winnie, as the brigade shipped out to England, and so the bear cub traveled across the sea.

28 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thanks for the information. It is an interesting story. Happy Birthday Winnie!

BumbleVee said...

Eeyore has always been my fav.... oh, woe is me ..... ... he is so down and out all the time it makes me laugh....

Sandy said...

I read Winnie books to my sons when
they were children. Now that they
have grown up I still read and
watch anything Winnie. All these
lovable little characters have a
special place in my heart.

the wild magnolia said...

Happy Birthday Winnie the Pooh.

Thanks for sharing.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Terra Sweetie...
Oh yes I do have a favorite, Pooh bear. He has always been my favorite. I even have him tatooed on my right ankle. Love Pooh Bear.
Happy Birthday Pooh. Happy Birthday to you.

Hope you have a gorgeous weekend sweet friend. I am so happy to be back out and blogging again. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Debbie said...

Awww... Happy Birthday Pooh Bear!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I do love Pooh!!

Amrita said...

I love this series. My fave is Winnie

xinex said...

I think I like Pooh. Thanks for the history, Terra. Did you enter my giveaway yet?...Christine

Marydon said...

I have to pick? Eeyore would be my choice. Such a sweet fella that needs a friend. So love these stories.

Great info I didn't know. TY for sharing.

Have a beautiful weekend
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Daisy said...

Ha! Winnie is the topic of the day today! :-) I love the whole book series. I didn't know Pooh was based on a real bear though. Very interesting to hear that. I think Pooh is probably my favorite character. Happy birthday Winnie! I'm sure he will continue to entertain generations to come. I hope so anyway. Have a good weekend, Terra!

Cassi Renee said...

I loved Winnie the Pooh as a kid, and I loved sharing it with my daughter when she was younger. Pooh was my favorite, although Piglet was a close second.

Equally enjoyable is reading Milne's childrens poems out loud.

Friko said...

I missed these stories as a child, they are never translated.

Linda Myers said...

I know a number of Eeyores. I'm more of a Tigger, myself. Love the stories, read them to my kids, can still see the illustrations in my head.

Isabelle Thornton said...

Sweet story.
I love winnie :)
Thanks for saying hi :)
Happy week-end!
Isabelle

Jemi Fraser said...

Love Winnie & his Pals - they're my favourite! :)

The original bear was named Winnipeg for the city - nicknamed Winnie!

Patty said...

Piglet is cute.

Catherine said...

My son loved Winnie the Pooh when he was a small boy. He is a classic.

Happy Birthday Winnie!
xo Catherine

Buttercup said...

The picture is adorable and my favorite is Pooh. Tigger is a close second, but Pooh has a big place in my heart.

Simply Debbie said...

Hello Terra,
Winnie the Pooh was my daughter's favorite...She had a big winnie the Pooh blow up ornament that she put in her yard at christmas.
I did not know the story of the real Winnie...that is awesome.
Thank you for sharing that.
Have a lovely week.
hugs

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hey... I just came over to say congratulations on your second book coming out! So exciting! AND of course I just had to come by and wish Winnie a Happy Birthday!

The Tame Lion said...

Excellent! Nice post!!

koralee said...

Love Pooh and his friends...Yes..I knew that the story was based on a Canadian black bear!
I love Pooh the best..but really they all are fun..fun ..fun. xoxoxo

Hugs...and thank you for all your sweet comments you leave me..what a dear you are!

Toyin O. said...

What a fun story, Happy Birthday to Winnie!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I always like Piglet, he was so insecure, but knew exactly the things that make him feel OKAY.

Enchanted Oak said...

They called me Eeyore at work for a while, gave me a stuffed one that would say things, such as "It's sunny today but it will probably rain tomorrow." Now I make it a point to spread sunshine wherever I go.

Lady Jane said...

Thanks for sharing about Winnie the Poo. I didnt know that very interesting. Cheers. LJ

Deborah Ann said...

Very interesting! I love learning the history behind the story. Winnie the Pooh has always been a favorite...