Thank you for the Bear.

By: ofieldstream , 3:53 PM GMT on January 18, 2007

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Happy Birthday A. A. Milne!! "Thank you for the Bear!"

Winne-the-PoohAuthor of the famous and fabulous stories from, The 100-Aker-Wood, of Christopher Robin and his childhood friends, Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Eore, Lumpy and Rabbit, Englishman A.A. Milne "brought to life" on the pages of his books and poems these characters that have played a huge role in my life growing up and I'm sure of many reading this now... and in the future.

Though Pooh was originally the name for a Swan at the London Zoo, a favorite visiting place of Master Christopher, Milne renamed the Bear, originally named Edward in the early poem, "When We Were Very Young", [1], [2], to Pooh. The name has certainly endured.

There actually was a real life "Winnie", who inspired Milne to write the story of Pooh. "Winnie" was a black bear cub, on loan to the London Zoo, by a lieutenant Harry Colebourn, of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. Colebourn left the little bear, under the care of the Zoo, when his unit was deployed to France, during WW I.

Colebourn purchased the young female cub from a hunter who had killed the little bear's mother, for $20. The little bear quickly became the Brigades beloved mascot. Colebourn was from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and thus, he nicknamed the little bear, "Winnie". That name stuck with her through all the days she spent living at the Zoo; from 1919 to 1934.

Milne brought the Bear, Pooh, to life in a series of short stories and poems, written for his young son, Christopher Robin. All the characters, along with Pooh, came from the stuffed animals among Master Christopher's toys.

October the 14th of 1926, saw the initial publishing, by Methuen, of "Winne-the-Pooh". From there, as they say, the rest is a wonderful history of childhood dreams and make-believe companions.

One of Poohs many fan-club members, was the young daughter of dream-maker-come-to-life, Walt Disney. In 1977, Walt Disney productions released, "The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh" and a whole new genre and generation of Pooh Lovers were born.

Today, Pooh and his friends are part of a worldwide love affair with the the loveable, though clumbsy and stubborn little brown, hunny loving, mistake making, but alway righting, bear. There may be such, but it is hard to imagine, a place on earth where you could set down with a child and not have them recite to you the story of Winne-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, their friend Tigger and all the rest of the residents of 100 Acker Wood.

Another fine treasure of immense impact on cultures around the world and on generations to come.

Again, Mr. Milne ... "Thank you for the Bear".

les O'fieldstream


Down by the corner of the street,
Where the three roads meet,
And the feet
Of the people as they pass go "Tweet-tweet-tweet---"
Who comes tripping round the corner of the street?
One pair of shoes which are Nurse's;
One pair of slippers which are Percy's...
Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!

"When We Were Very Young"... A.A. Milne (page 1)

The History of Winne-the-Pooh

Wikipedia: Winne-the-Pooh

Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh, Official Site

UK: Pooh's Page


Do enjoy! I sure did .... ": )))

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4. palmettobug53
6:16 PM GMT on January 18, 2007
I still have my hardback copy of "Winnie the Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner", that my Gramma gave me for Christmas 1959.
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3. FLCrackerGirl
5:38 PM GMT on January 18, 2007
To Seem Quite-at-Ease,
Hum "Tiddely-Pom" Once or Twice
In a What-Shall-We-Do-Now Kind of Way.
--Pooh On Stress Management
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2. FLCrackerGirl
5:31 PM GMT on January 18, 2007
Thanks for Sharing The Links, Les.

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4:33 PM GMT on January 18, 2007
Great tribute. Today is also my moms b'day...some of my earliest memories of her were reading me the Pooh stories and first poem I knew by heart was When We Were Very Young....Happy Days!
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