Monday, 31 October 2011

Three things you didn’t know about Winnie the Pooh

The original teddy crossed the Atlantic after the Second World War where he became a book-touring celebrity, eventually inspiring Disney to make him an international film star. He never returned and now receives about 750,000 visitors a year at his adopted home in the New York Public Library, where he lives in a bullet-proof glass case!

The forest, where Pooh lived, is based on Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield, East Sussex, close to where the Milnes lived. It has its own Five (not Four) Hundred Acre Wood, and although much of the area is now privately owned, a local shop sells maps of the walk to Poohsticks Bridge, where you can still play the game of racing floating sticks through the arches according to the strict rules. In the ‘sport’ of Poohsticks, competitors drop sticks into a stream from a bridge and then wait to see whose stick will float across the finish line first. This game was played for real by Christopher Robin it was also played by Pooh and his friends in the book The House At Pooh Corner.


Pooh’s friend Tigger’s favourite food was extract of malt, which Kanga gives to Roo as medicine in the books. Spoonfuls of the thick syrup, a by-product of brewing, were given to school children every morning just after the Second World War to build them up after food rationing.



Winnie the Pooh was 90 this year – Happy Birthday Pooh (maybe that's four things you didn't know?)

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14 comments:

  1. Love, Love, Love Pooh! Thanks for the insights!

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  2. barbaraannefisher31 October 2011 at 14:48

    Hello Suze, you are most welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. I am a HUGE Winnie the Pooh fan. I still go back and read those books. Years ago when I visited a friend in NYC we searched out the Children's Library branch of the NYPL (which is not in the same place as the main branch-it's on a little unassuming side street several blocks away) and saw Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Kanga. It was a very exciting moment for me. I bought the posters of the real animals they sold there and I still have them.
    Thanks for posting this. Happy Birthday, Pooh!!

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  4. barbaraannefisher1 November 2011 at 09:21

    Hello Sharon
    I had no idea there was a children's library branch of the NYPL - I'm so glad you told me because I would love to visit one day.
    I'm a big fan of Winnie the Pooh too and enjoyed finding out a little more about him. Glad you like the post.

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  5. I love Winnie the Pooh stories. My favorite is Tigger. Loved the trivia. Such a happy fun series.

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  6. barbaraannefisher2 November 2011 at 10:10

    I think everyone loves Pooh Bear – or at least I’ve never come across anyone who doesn’t. When my son was small his favourite story and the one that always made him laugh was Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree especially the part where Pooh gets stuck in rabbit’s door

    Winnie the Pooh: Oh, oh, help and bother! I’m stuck.
    Rabbit: Oh, dear. Oh, gracious. Oh. Well, it all comes from eating too much.
    Winnie the Pooh: It all comes from not having front doors big enough!
    Rabbit: Why did I ever invite that bear to lunch? Why, oh, why, oh, why?

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  7. I'm more of a Christopher Robinson poetry fan but I'd love to visit the Poohsticks Bridge one day! Thank you for sharing these fun facts.

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  8. barbaraannefisher2 November 2011 at 15:07

    Your comment sent me scurrying to Google to look up Christopher Robinson – and I arrived at the Night Train blog, they say you learn something new everyday and I just did. Thank you.

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  9. Wow, bullet proof glass? They must be very protective of Pooh!

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  10. barbaraannefisher3 November 2011 at 22:19

    Amazing isn’t it but the original artwork sells for thousands of pounds at auction so I would think the original bear must be priceless.

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  11. Hard to believe Pooh was 90 this year! The appeal of these stories just goes on and on doesn't it. When my son was born (he's almost 14) I decorated his bedroom with a big Pooh mural and he had a quilt with all the characters (from the books, not the Disney version) that I had to wash and dry and put straight back in his cot as he would not sleep without it. (I still have it packed away somewhere.)

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  12. barbaraannefisher4 November 2011 at 19:58

    It must be nice to be 90 and not look a day older!
    Your son’s nursery sounds lovely (he probably wouldn’t agree now that he’s 14!). I was trying to remember my son’s nursery but all I can think of is the wallpaper he had when he was eight – it was dark blue with enormous space rockets! He still liked Pooh but the space rockets made him feel very grown up.

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  13. Thanks for the new facts! My best friend is a huge Pooh fan- now I can quiz her. :)

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  14. barbaraannefisher5 November 2011 at 08:39

    Does she get a prize if she passes the quiz??

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