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Pooh Bear

(book 5 of 5 for OUaT: Quest the First)

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne original art work by E.H.Shephard Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; (September 3, 2009) (my edition is 1987)
Language: English

A.A. Milne was born in England in 1882, studied at Westminster School and Cambridge, and then went to London to write.  From 1906 until the start of World War I he was an editor for Punch .  His only child, Christopher Robin, was born in 1920.  As a child Christopher was given some stuffed toys from Harrod’s in London, and these became the inspiration for Pooh and his friends.  A.A. Milne died in 1956.

Ernest H Shepard was born in London in 1879.  He was a popular illustrator for Punch  when he was asked if he would like to illustrate a book of verse by A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young .  The book appeared in 1924 and was an instant success.  It was followed in 1926 by Winnie the Pooh, and for this Shepard traveled to Milne’s home in Sussex, Cotchford Farm, to draw the actual settings for the stories.

From Publishers Weekly

Fans of the Hundred Acre Wood can celebrate Pooh’s 75th birthday with collector’s editions of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. Both books contain A.A. Milne’s complete text as well as b&w decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. Dressed up for the party, each book features a redesigned jacket plus gold and silver gilded page edges, respectively.

If there is anyone out there who hasn’t (at one time or another, most probably when young) read Winnie the Pooh I am greatly surprised and would say to them:  Get the books and read them for they never, ever disappoint!

So, although I remember them not from my own youth, I certainly remember the Pooh books from my children’s youth.

I have to admit, I had a really nice set of Pooh books for my boys when they were young and don’t know what happened to them.  I found a set just like them on Amazon but for 35.00 ummmm. I’ll forgo them seeing as I have this simple book now.


Also I have to admit that as I read this book I heard each and every one of the voices from the Disney movies… the original movies that is with such wonderful actors doing the voices as:

Sebastian Cabot: Narrator

Christopher Robin: Bruce Reitherman and Jon Walmsley

Winnie-the-Pooh: Sterling Holloway 

Piglet: John Fieldler

Eeyore: Ralph Wright

Owl: Hal Smith

Tigger: Paul Winchell

Kanga: Barbara Luddy

Roo:  Clint Howard

Badger: Howard Morris

Who brought all these characters even more to life than they already were. 

And besides all these wonderful actors and their voices, I have to show credit to the (then) Animation Department who brought Pooh Bear and all the others to life….

Animation Department
Dale Barnhart ….  layout artist 
Basil Davidovich ….  layout artist 
Al Dempster ….  background artist 
Don Griffith ….  layout artist 
Fred Hellmich ….  animator 
Ollie Johnston ….  directing animator: “Winnie The Pooh” and “Piglet” 
Milt Kahl ….  animator: “Tigger” 
Hal King ….  animator 
Bill Layne ….  background artist 
John Lounsbery ….  animator: “Owl” 
Dan MacManus ….  animator 
David Michener ….  animator (as Dave Michener)
Sylvia Roemer ….  layout artist 
Walt Stanchfield ….  animator 
Art Stevens ….  animator 

The writing of A.A Milne of Pooh and his friends with his son Christopher is something that stays with one all their life.  Although it might not always be upfront in the brain.. it’s never, ever forgotten.  Get yourself a Pooh book and read it now… and remember things you may have forgotten.

 “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”

“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.” – Winnie the Pooh

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