Milne based the character on a toy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin, and the adventures of the bumbling, loveable bear and his friends have been translated into many different languages. In 1966 Winnie was ‘Disneyfied’ for the big screen, and further characters were introduced. But the original pencil sketches by E.H. Shephard remain the favourites in many people’s minds with their beautiful simplicity.
Characters like Piglet and Eeyore captured the public’s imagination and the books have inspired people in areas as diverse as philosophy and religion. Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet explain the Eastern belief system of Taoism using the Winnie the Pooh characters.
If you live in the area, you might like to visit the Ashdown Forest which was the setting for the Winnie the Pooh stories – the Milnes’s owned a house on the edge of the forest and walked there regularly. There are leaflets at the visitor centre that guide you on two walks through the forest taking in the sites of Pooh’s adventures.
Other ideas to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day include:
- Read one of your favourite Winnie the Pooh stories
- Have toast and honey
- Play pooh-sticks
- Visit the Ashdown Forest
- Which Winnie the Pooh character do you share most characteristics with? Have fun deciding (and just hope it’s not Eeyore!)…