While it may be almost 100 years old, A.A. Milne’s classic stories certainly stand the test of time. I rediscovered an old copy while dusting off my bookshelf, and upon cracking open the cover, I instantly fell back in love. If you’re a parent at home with small children, or a grandparent looking to connect with the kiddos, Winnie-The-Pooh is a delight to read out loud. The stories are charming, lyrical, and absurd in the best way, and the pen-and-ink illustrations remind me of the VHS tapes of Pooh and his friends me and my siblings used to watch as kids. When the whole world can seem confusing and the news is scary, a classic like Winnie-The-Pooh reminds you to take life one step at a time. Here’s a little piece of bear wisdom to take with you:
“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
Happy 90th birthday, to one of the world's most beloved icons of children's literature, Winnie-the-Pooh!
Since 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends—Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore—have endured as the unforgettable creations of A.A. Milne, who wrote this book for his son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape.
These characters and their stories are timeless treasures of childhood that continue to speak to all of us with the kind of freshness and heart that distinguishes true storytelling.
"Winnie-the-Pooh is a joy; full of solemn idiocies and the sort of jokes one weeps over helplessly, not even knowing why they are so funny, and with it all the real wit and tenderness which alone could create a priceless little masterpiece." Saturday Review, 1926
About the Author
A. A. Milne was born in 1882 in London. He was a playwright and journalist as well as a poet and storyteller. His classic children's books were inspired by his son, Christopher Robin. Milne died in 1956.
Ernest H. Shepard was born in 1879 in England. His pictures of the Pooh characters are based on real toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne. Shepard died in 1976.