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Winnie the Pooh Day

At Beanfield we celebrated Winnie the Pooh day on Friday 18th January by sharing some of our favourite stories from the famous books by A.A. Milne.

Winnie the Pooh day

At Beanfield we celebrated Winnie the Pooh day on Friday 18th January by sharing some of our favourite stories from the famous books by A.A. Milne.

Pooh, Tigger and Piglet are just a few of the famous characters that we all know and love from these tales, but here are a few facts you might not be so familiar with:

 

  1. All the original books’ characters are based on Christopher Robin’s toys apart from two. A A Milne invented the characters of Owl and Rabbit.

 

  1. Christopher Robin named his teddy bear after Winnie - the real-life Canadian black bear that lived at London Zoo during the 1920s and 30s. The 'Pooh' part of the name actually emerged when the Milne family met a swan on holiday which was nicknamed 'Pooh'. Who knew!

 

  1. Winnie-the-Pooh was published on Oct. 14, 1926 and was an immediate success, selling 35,000 copies in the U.K. and over 150,000 copies in the U.S.

 

  1. Winnie the Pooh has been translated into dozens of languages, but it's a special Latin version of the book that broke records. In 1958, Winnie Ille Pu translated by Dr. Alexander Lenard became the first non-English book to be featured (for 20 weeks!) on the New York Times Best Seller List.

 

  1. Winnie the Pooh and his friends famously lived in the Hundred Acre Wood...but did you know it's actually based on a very real place? Milne purchased a country home in Ashdown Forrest, Sussex, in 1925, and the nearby Five Hundred Acre Wood became the inspiration for his fictional world.

        

        

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