That magical little bear of big tummy and small brain is 90 years old! Actually, the teddy bear which inspired A. A. Milne’s original story of Winnie the Pooh is 90 years old. The bear, which was given to Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, by his mother is now housed in a museum in New York but was originally bought from the famous Harrod’s in London.
When I was a child, I was a little bit in love with that little bear who was just a little bit simple and loved honey just a little too much. I would have loved it if my father had written a book about one of my toys but Christopher Robin came to resent Winnie the Pooh and his stories, I believe he even wrote a book about it.
Winnie the Pooh was named after a bear in London Zoo who had been the mascot for the Winnipeg regiment of the Canadian army during World War One. Winnie the Pooh (the character) is now richer than the Queen of England and has his own star on the Hollywood walk of fame. The Queen, then known as Princess Elizabeth was a fan of the little bear.
The first of Milne’s tales about Pooh bear were published in 1924 and would be beloved by children the world over.