Friday, October 14, 2011

Winnie the Pooh, Happy Birthday Today

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 Englandin 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 as the brigade shipped out to England, and so the bear cub traveled across the sea.


Mari said...

Happy Birthday to Winnie! I always loved Tigger too.

Blondie's Journal said...

Terra...this is so interesting!! I never thought Christopher Robin could be a real person!! Eyore was my favorite for a long time because as a child my dog had a little plastic Eyore toy and after he died, I found it in the backyard and saved it for a long time. Piglet is also a favorite, he's so cute!!

Thanks for a sweet post. Happy Birthday, Winnie!


Chatty Crone said...

I didn't know it was Winnie's birthday - I LOVE Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. Happy birthday Pooh bear.

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love Pooh Bear! What a fun post! ♥