Good morning, everyone! Today is the birthday of author Alan Alexander (A. A.) Milne, the creator of one of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, Winnie-the-Pooh. I decided to begin my celebration of National Winnie-the-Pooh Day a bit early this year, starting over the weekend with a re-read of A. A. Milne’s The World of Pooh.
The World of Pooh is actually a collection of two books, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, which focus on the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends: Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Tigger, Owl, and a young boy named Christopher Robin.
From Pooh’s attempts to trick honeybees into thinking that he is a rain cloud (rather than a hungry bear), to the friends’ expedition to find the North Pole, the stories included in The World of Pooh include a nice blend of adventure and friendship that both children and adults will enjoy.
The book also includes fantastic illustrations, which were created by E. H. Shepard. The illustrations are every bit as delightful as the stories themselves, and really add to the reader’s enjoyment of the book. My copy of The World of Pooh includes both black and white drawings, as well as full-color illustrations.
If you’re looking for a great way to spend National Winnie-the-Pooh Day, reading The World of Pooh would be a wonderful option…especially if you’ve never had the opportunity to read the original stories before. But if you’d like to do something a little more active to celebrate the day, you might consider checking out Pinterest. A quick search for “Winnie the Pooh crafts” or “Winnie the Pooh activities” will bring up a considerable number of fun ideas and printables (including coloring and activity pages).
Since I decided to re-read the book over the weekend, I am going to be celebrating the day by curling up on the couch with Tigger (and probably Darcy as well), and watching The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. While Disney’s movie adaptation is somewhat different than the original books, it is still a wonderful movie that I enjoy watching at least once a year.
However you decide to celebrate National Winnie-the-Pooh Day, I hope that you have a wonderful time!