Winnie the Pooh day

18th January 2022 is Winnie the Pooh day and was chosen due to it being the author A A Milne’s birthday. Alan Alexander Milne was a poet as well as the author of Winnie the Pooh. He served in both world wars, joining the British army in World War I, and as a captain of the British home guard in World War II.

On the 31st January 1956 Alan Alexander Milne sadly passed after he published 18 plays and three novels; Lovers in London, Once on a time, Four days’ wonder. Years after his death, the rights for Winnie the Pooh got sold to Walt Disney, making it into even more of a success.

Winnie the Pooh is a fantasised imaginative children’s book and first appeared on the printed page in 1926, following the life of a fictional teddy bear, Winnie. The message that Milne wanted to present was the importance of forming solid, lasting friendships. Therefore diversity between individuals was a key feature with each one the characters having illnesses. Pooh was ADD, Tiger was ADHD, Rabbit was OCD, Roo was Autism, Eeyore was depression and Christopher Robin was schizophrenia. It is an internationally loved book and film, owing to the fact it is an escape into innocence, for adults and children alike. Additionally, the simplicity of the plot lines and illustrations enable readers to find comfort in the relatable characters such as Christopher, Pooh and his friends.

Fun facts:

Milnes son was Christopher Robin Milne who is the main character in Winnie the Pooh.

Two more characters was based on Milnes imagination owl and rabbit, while gopher was added to the Disney version.