National Winnie-the-Pooh Day is annually observed on January 18th and commemorates the birthday in 1882 of the author, A. A. Milne. A. A. Milne brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories which also featured his son, Christopher Robin.
Milne's lovable Pooh Bear, as he was fondly called, is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author's son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her and a swan named Pooh.
This friendship inspired a collection of books starting with Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926. The books were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
Milne's stories have been translated into over 50 languages and are considered classic children's stories today.
From "The House at Pooh Corner"
"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
"How old shall I be then?"
Pooh nodded. "I promise," he said.
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