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Winnie-the-Pooh  
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Winnie-the-Pooh (original version from 1926)
Author A. A. Milne
Illustrator E. H. Shepard
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Methuen & Co. Ltd. (London)
Publication date 1926-10-14

Winnie-the-Pooh, commonly shortened to Pooh Bear or simply Pooh, and once referred to as Edward Bear, is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.

The hyphens in the character's name were later dropped when The Walt Disney Company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh featurettes that became one of the company's most successful franchises worldwide: see Winnie the Pooh (Disney).

The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages, notably including Alexander Lenard's Latin translation, Winnie ille Pu, which was first published in 1958, and, in 1960, became the only Latin book ever to have been featured on the New York Times Best Seller List.[1]

Contents

History

Origin

Original Winnie the Pooh stuffed toys. Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear ("Winnie the Pooh"), Eeyore, and Piglet. Roo was lost long ago; the other characters were made up for the stories.

Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. His toys also lent their names to most of the other characters, except for Owl and Rabbit, as well as the Gopher character, who was added in the Disney version. Christopher Robin's toy bear is now on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in New York.[2]

Harry Colebourne and Winnie 1914

Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, an American black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and "Pooh", a swan they had met while on holiday. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en-route to England during the First World War. He named the bear "Winnie" after his hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Winnie" was surreptitiously brought to England with her owner, and gained unofficial recognition as The Fort Garry Horse regimental mascot. Colebourne left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit were in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo, as she had become a much loved attraction there.[3] Pooh the swan appears as a character in its own right in When We Were Very Young.

In the first chapter of Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne offers this explanation of why Winnie-the-Pooh is often called simply "Pooh":

"But his arms were so stiff ... they stayed up straight in the air for more than a week, and whenever a fly came and settled on his nose he had to blow it off. And I think — but I am not sure — that that is why he is always called Pooh."

Ashdown Forest: the setting for the stories

The Winnie-the-Pooh stories are set in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England. The forest is a large area of tranquil open heathland on the highest sandy ridges of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated 30 miles (50 km) south of London. In 1925 Milne, a Londoner, bought a country home a mile to the north of the forest at Cotchford Farm, near Hartfield. According to Christopher Milne, while his father continued to live in London "...the four of us—he, his wife, his son and his son's nanny—would pile into a large blue, chauffeur-driven Fiat and travel down every Saturday morning and back again every Monday afternoon. And we would spend a whole glorious month there in the spring and two months in the summer." [4] From the front lawn the family had a view across a meadow to a line of alders that fringed the River Medway, beyond which the ground rose through more trees until finally "above them, in the faraway distance, crowning the view, was a bare hilltop. In the centre of this hilltop was a clump of pines." Most of his father's visits to the forest at this time were, he noted, family expeditions on foot "to make yet another attempt to count the pine trees on Gill's Lap or to search for the marsh gentian". Christopher added that, inspired by Ashdown Forest, his father had made it "the setting for two of his books, finishing the second little over three years after his arrival".

Many locations in the stories can be linked to real places in and around the forest. As Christopher Milne wrote in his autobiography: “Pooh’s forest and Ashdown Forest are identical”. For example, the fictional "Hundred Acre Wood" was in reality Five Hundred Acre Wood; Galleon's Leap was inspired by the prominent hilltop of Gill's Lap, while a clump of trees just north of Gill's Lap became Christopher Robin's The Enchanted Place because no-one had ever been able to count whether there were sixty-three or sixty-four trees in the circle.[5]

The landscapes depicted in E.H. Shepard’s illustrations for the Winnie-the-Pooh books are directly inspired by the distinctive landscape of Ashdown Forest, with its high, open heathlands of heather, gorse, bracken and silver birch punctuated by hilltop clumps of pine trees. In many cases Shepard's illustrations can be matched to actual views, allowing for a degree of artistic licence. Shepard's sketches of pine trees and other forest scenes are on display at the V&A Museum in London.

The game of Poohsticks was originally played by Christopher Milne on a footbridge across a tributary of the River Medway in Posingford Wood, close to Cotchford Farm. It is traditional to play the game there using sticks gathered in nearby woodland. When the footbridge required replacement in recent times the engineer designed a new structure based closely on the drawings by E. H. Shepard of the bridge in the original books, as the bridge did not originally appear as the artist drew it. An information board at the bridge describes how to play the game.

First publication

Winnie-the-Pooh's début in the Dec. 24, 1925 London Evening News

There are three claimants, depending on the precise question posed. Christopher Robin's teddy bear, Edward, made his character début in a poem in Milne's book of children's verse When We Were Very Young (1924). Winnie-the-Pooh first appeared by name on 24 December 1925, in a Christmas story commissioned and published by the London newspaper The Evening News. It was illustrated by J. H. Dowd.[6] The first collection of Pooh stories appeared in the book Winnie-the-Pooh. The Evening News Christmas story reappeared as the first chapter of the book, and at the very beginning it explained that Pooh was in fact Christopher Robin's Edward Bear, who had simply been renamed by the boy. The book was published in October 1926 by the publisher of Milne's earlier children's work, Methuen, in England, and E. P. Dutton in the United States.[7]

Sequel

An authorised sequel Return to the Hundred Acre Wood was published on 5 October 2009. The author, David Benedictus, has developed, but not changed, Milne's characterisations. The illustrations, by Mark Burgess, are in the style of Shepard.[8]

Stephen Slesinger

On January 6, 1930, Stephen Slesinger purchased U.S. and Canadian merchandising, television, recording and other trade rights to the "Winnie-the-Pooh" works from Milne for a $1000 advance and 66% of Slesinger's income, creating the modern licensing industry. By November 1931, Pooh was a $50 million-a-year business.[9] Slesinger marketed Pooh and his friends for more than 30 years, creating the first Pooh doll, record, board game, puzzle, US radio broadcast (NBC), animation, and motion picture film.[10] In 1961, Disney acquired rights from Slesinger to produce articles of merchandise based on characters from its feature animation.

Red Shirt Pooh

The first time Pooh and his friends appeared in colour was 1932, when he was drawn by Slesinger in his now-familiar red shirt and featured on an RCA Victor picture record. Parker Brothers also introduced A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh Game in 1933, again with Pooh in his red shirt. In the 1940s, Agnes Brush created the first plush dolls with Pooh in his red shirt.

Disney

Disney's adaptation of Stephen Slesinger, Inc.'s Winnie-the-Pooh.

After Slesinger's death in 1953, his wife, Shirley Slesinger Lasswell, continued developing the character herself. In 1961, she licensed rights to Walt Disney Productions in exchange for royalties in the first of two agreements between Stephen Slesinger, Inc. and Disney.[11] The same year, Daphne Milne also licensed certain rights, including motion picture rights, to Disney.

Since 1966, Disney has released numerous animated productions starring Winnie the Pooh and related characters. These have included theatrical featurettes, television series, and direct-to-video films, as well as the theatrical feature-length films The Tigger Movie, Piglet's Big Movie, and Pooh's Heffalump Movie.

In December 2005, Disney announced a Disney Channel animated television series, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, focusing on adventures had by 6-year-old Darby and the Pooh characters, with the occasional appearance from Christopher Robin.[12] The show began airing on the Disney Channel on May 12, 2007.

The Disney version of Winnie the Pooh was featured in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, the Kingdom Hearts videogames and the TV series House of Mouse

Pooh also appears at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meet-able and child friendly character.

Merchandising revenue dispute

Winnie Pooh with Stingo from Fifi & the Flowertots in Zagreb, Croatia

Pooh videos, teddy bears, and other merchandise generate substantial annual revenues for Disney. The size of Pooh stuffed toys ranges from Beanie and miniature to human-sized. In addition to the stylized Disney Pooh, Disney markets Classic Pooh merchandise which more closely resembles E.H. Shepard’s illustrations. It is estimated that Winnie the Pooh features and merchandise generate as much revenue as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto combined.[13]

In 1991, Stephen Slesinger, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Disney which alleged that Disney had breached their 1983 agreement by again failing to accurately report revenue from Winnie the Pooh sales. Under this agreement, Disney was to retain approximately 98% of gross worldwide revenues while the remaining 2% was to be paid to Slesinger. In addition, the suit alleged that Disney had failed to pay required royalties on all commercial exploitation of the product name.[14] Though the Disney corporation was sanctioned by a judge for destroying forty boxes of evidential documents,[15] the suit was later terminated by another judge when it was discovered that Slesinger's investigator had rummaged through Disney's garbage in order to retrieve the discarded evidence.[16] Slesinger appealed the termination, and on September 26, 2007, a three-judge panel upheld the lawsuit dismissal.[17]

After the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998, Clare Milne, Christopher Milne's daughter, attempted to terminate any future U.S. copyrights for Stephen Slesinger, Inc.[18] After a series of legal hearings, Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the United States District Court for the Central District of California found in favour of Stephen Slesinger, Inc., as did the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. On June 26, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, sustaining the ruling and ensuring the defeat of the suit.[19]

On 19 February 2007 Disney lost a court case in Los Angeles which ruled their "misguided claims" to dispute the licensing agreements with Slesinger, Inc. were unjustified,[20] but a federal ruling of 28 September 2009, again from Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, determined that the Slesinger family had granted all trademark and copyright rights to Disney, although Disney must pay royalties for all future use of the characters. Both parties have expressed satisfaction with the outcome.[21][22]

Adaptations

Theatre

Audio

RCA Victor record from 1932 decorated with Stephen Slesinger, Inc.'s Winnie-the-Pooh.

Selected Pooh stories read by Maurice Evans released on vinyl LP:

  • Winnie-the-Pooh (consisting of three tracks: Introducing Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin; Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place; Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle) 1956
  • More Winnie-the-Pooh (consisting of three tracks: Eeyore Loses a Tail; Piglet Meets a Heffalump; Eeyore Has a Birthday.)

Unabridged recordings read by Peter Dennis of the four Pooh books:

  • When We Were Very Young
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Now We Are Six
  • The House at Pooh Corner

Radio

  • Pooh made his US radio debut on Nov. 10, 1932, when he was broadcast to 40,000 schools by the American School of the Air, the educational division of the Columbia Broadcasting System.[25]

Television

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends debuted on NBC Television in 1960.

A version of Winnie The Pooh, in which the animals were played by marionettes, was presented on Oct. 3, 1960, on NBC Television's The Shirley Temple Show.

Five playtime videos (NOTE: These are episodes from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

  • 2003: Cowboy Pooh
  • 2003: Detective Tigger
  • 2004: Pooh Party
  • Fun 'N Games

Magical World of Winnie the Pooh (NOTE: These are episodes from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

Full-length features

*These features integrate stories from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and/or holiday specials with new footage.
These features were Direct-to-video.

Television shows

"Vinni Pukh" and Piglet as they appear in the Russian adaptation.

Holiday TV specials

Soviet adaptation

In the Soviet Union, three Winnie-the-Pooh, or "Vinni Pukh" (Russian language: Винни-Пух) stories were made into a celebrated trilogy[26] of short films by Soyuzmultfilm (directed by Fedor Khitruk) from 1969 to 1972. Pooh was voiced by Yevgeny Leonov, looking distinctly different from both the yellow-and-red Disney incarnation and Shepard's illustrations. He was brown instead of yellow, as he is known in the US.

Video games

References in other media

  • Winnie-the-Pooh is such a popular character in Poland that a Warsaw street is named after him, "Ulica Kubusia Puchatka." There is also a street named after him in Budapest (Micimackó utca). [27]
  • In the "sport" of Poohsticks, competitors drop sticks into a stream from a bridge and then wait to see whose stick will cross the finish line first. Though it began as a game played by Pooh and his friends in the stories, it has crossed over into the real world: a World Championship Poohsticks race takes place in Oxfordshire each year.
  • The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff use Milne's characters in an effort to explain Taoism in an accessible way.
  • In December 2000, a Canadian medical journal jokingly "diagnosed" characters in the books and films with various mental illnesses[28]
  • A number of philosophical books have been written about Winnie the Pooh – Postmodern Pooh and The Pooh Perplex by Frederick Crews rewrite stories from Pooh's world in abtruse academic jargon (from a number of sources including postmodernism, psychoanalysis and so on) for the purpose of satire [29]. Pooh and the Philosophers by John T. Williams uses Winnie the Pooh as a backdrop to illustrate the works of philosophers including Descartes, Kant, Plato and Nietzsche [30].
  • Not everyone was a fan of the original stories. Dorothy Parker in particular was critical of what she considered A. A. Milne's "dumbing down of English for children", a criticism she had for many other children's book authors as well. In her pseudonym as Constant Reader in the New Yorker magazine she made one of her most famous barbs when she, while reviewing one of the stories, wrote, "and it is precisely at that word, 'hunny' that Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
  • Kenny Loggins wrote the song "House at Pooh Corner", which was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band[31]. Loggins later rewrote the song as "Return to Pooh Corner", featuring on the album of the same name in 1991.

See also

References

  1. ^ McDowell, Edwin. "Winnie Ille Pu Nearly XXV Years Later", New York Times (18 November 1984). Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ "The Adventures of the Real Winnie-the-Pooh. The New York Public Library.
  3. ^ "Winnie". Historica Minutes, The Historica Foundation of Canada. Retrieved on 2008-05-30.
  4. ^ Willard, Barbara (1989). The Forest - Ashdown in East Sussex. Sussex: Sweethaws Press.   introduction pp. xi-xii
  5. ^ "Winnie-the-Pooh". Ashdown Forest. The Conservators of Ashdown Forest. http://www.ashdownforest.org/pooh/winnie_the_pooh.php. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  
  6. ^ "A Children's Story by A. A. Milne", London Evening News: 1, Dec. 24  
  7. ^ Thwaite, Ann (2004). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Alan Alexander Milne. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  
  8. ^ Kennedy, Maev (5 October 2009). "Sequel brings Pooh friends old and new". The Guardian: pp. 15.  
  9. ^ "The Merchant of Child", Fortune: 71, Nov. 1931  
  10. ^ McElway, St. Claire (26 Oct. 1936), "The Literary Character in Business & Commerce", The New Yorker  
  11. ^ "The Curse of Pooh." Fortune.
  12. ^ "New-look Pooh 'has girl friend'." BBC News.
  13. ^ "The Curse of Pooh" Fortune.
  14. ^ "The Pooh Files" The Albion Monitor.
  15. ^ Nelson, Valerie J (2007-07-20). "Shirley Slesinger Lasswell, 84; fought Disney over Pooh royalties". Los Angeles times. http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-lasswell20jul20,0,4053283.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california. Retrieved 2007-08-14.  
  16. ^ "Judge dismisses Winnie the Pooh lawsuit" The Disney Corner.
  17. ^ James, Meg (2007-09-26). "Disney wins lawsuit ruling on Pooh rights". The Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pooh26sep26,1,2582327.story?coll=la-headlines-business. Retrieved 2007-09-26.  
  18. ^ "Winnie the Pooh goes to court" USA Today
  19. ^ "Justices Refuse Winnie the Pooh Case." ABC News.
  20. ^ "Disney loses court battle in Winnie the Pooh copyright case". ABC News. 2007-02-17. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/02/17/1850319.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  21. ^ James, Meg (29 September 2009). "Pooh rights belong to Disney, judge rules". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-disney29-2009sep29,0,3287132.story. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
  22. ^ Shea, Joe (4 October 2009). "The gordian knot of Pooh rights is finally untied in federal court". The American Reporter. http://www.american-reporter.com/3,781W/3.html. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  
  23. ^ "Hastings Marionettes: Will Open Holiday Season at Guild Theatre on Saturday", New York Times: 28, Dec. 22, 1931  
  24. ^ "A Children's Story by A. A. Milne", London Evening News: p. 1, Dec. 24, 1925  
  25. ^ "His Master's Voice Speaks Again", Playthings, Nov.  
  26. ^ Russian animation in letters and figures | Films | «Winnie the Pooh»
  27. ^ Google Maps
  28. ^ "Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: a neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne." The Canadian Medical Association Journal. December 12, 2000. V163: 12.
  29. ^ http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/00000006DB0F.htm
  30. ^ http://www.sonderbooks.com/Nonfiction/poohandphilosophers.html
  31. ^ House at Pooh Corner by Loggins and Messina Songfacts

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Alan Alexander Milne (18 January 188231 January 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems.

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When We Were Very Young (1924)

  • They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
    Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
    They've great big parties inside the grounds.
    "I wouldn't be king for a hundred pounds",
    Says Alice.
  • James James
    Morrison Morrison
    Weatherby George Dupree
    Took great care of his mother
    Though he was only three.
    James James said to his mother
    Mother he said, said he:
    You mustn't go down to the end of the town if you don't go down with me.
    James James Morrison's Mother
    Put on a golden gown.
    James James Morrison's Mother
    Went to the end of the town
    James James Morrison's Mother
    Said to herself, said she:
    I can go right down to the end of the town and be back in time for tea!

Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

Time for something sweet...
  • "If there's a buzzing-noise, somebody's making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you're a bee."
    Then he thought another long time, and said: "And the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey."
    And then he got up, and said: "And the only reason for making honey is so as I can eat it." So he began to climb the tree.
    • Chapter One - Pooh
  • Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then, so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the bread, please."
    • Chapter Two
  • "What?" said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn't been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice more in an exercising sort of way.
    • Chapter Three
  • "I have been Foolish and Deluded," said he, "and I am a Bear of No Brain at All."
    • Chapter Three - Pooh
  • These notices had been written by Christopher Robin, who was the only one in the forest who could spell; for Owl, wise though he was in many ways, able to read and write and spell his own name WOL, yet somehow went all to pieces over delicate words like MEASLES and BUTTEREDTOAST.
    • Chapter Four
  • "I'm giving this to Eeyore," he explained, "as a present. What are you going to give?"
    "Couldn't I give it too?" said Piglet. "From both of us?"
    "No," said Pooh. "That would not be a good plan."
    • Chapter Six
  • It was just as if somebody inside him were saying, "Now then, Pooh, time for a little something."
    • Chapter Six
  • "Because my spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."
    • Chapter Six - Pooh
  • "It is hard to be brave," said Piglet, sniffing slightly, "when you're only a Very Small Animal."
    • Chapter Seven
  • Owl was telling Kanga an Interesting Anecdote full of long words like Encyclopædia and Rhododendron to which Kanga wasn't listening.
    • Chapter Eight
  • "It's a little Anxious," he said to himself, "to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water."
    • Chapter Nine - Piglet
  • Kanga said to Roo, "Drink up your milk first, dear, and talk afterwards." So Roo, who was drinking his milk, tried to say that he could do both at once . . . and had to be patted on the back and dried for quite a long time afterwards.
    • Chapter Ten
  • "H–hup!" said Roo accidentally.
    "Roo, dear!" said Kanga reproachfully.
    "Was it me?" asked Roo, a little surprised.
  • Chapter Ten
  • "And how are you?", said Winnie-the-Pooh. (...)
    "Not very how", he said. "I don't seem to have felt at all how for a long time."
  • Cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie,
    A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly.
    Ask me a riddle and I reply,
    Cottleston, cottleston, cottleston pie.
  • "Good morning, Pooh Bear", said Eeyore gloomily. "If it is a good morning", he said. "Which I doubt", said he.
  • Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
  • How sweet to be a cloud
    Floating in the blue
  • "Hello Rabbit, is that you?"
    "Let's pretend it isn't", said Rabbit, "and see what happens."
  • Isn't it funny
    How a bear likes honey?
    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
    I wonder why he does?
  • There are some people who begin the Zoo at the beginning, called WAYIN, and walk as quickly as they can past every cage until they get to the one called WAYOUT, but the nicest people go straight to the animal they love the most, and stay there.
  • We can't all and some of us don't. That's all there is to it.
    • -Eeyore

Now We are Six (1927)

  • When I was One,
    I had just begun.
    When I was Two,
    I was nearly new.
    When I was Three
    I was hardly me.
    When I was Four,
    I was not much more.
    When I was Five,
    I was just alive.
    But now I am Six,
    I'm as clever as clever,
    So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.
    • The End
  • I found a little beetle, so that beetle was his name,
    And I called him Alexander and he answered just the same.
    I put him in a matchbox, and I kept him all the day...

    And Nanny let my beetle out
    Yes, Nanny let my beetle out
    She went and let my beetle out-
    And beetle ran away.

    She said she didn't mean it, and I never said she did,
    She said she wanted matches, and she just took off the lid
    She said that she was sorry, but it's difficult to catch
    An excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for a match.

    She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn't mind
    As there's lots and lots of beetles which she's certain we could find
    If we looked about the garden for the holes where beetles hid-
    And we'd get another matchbox, and write BEETLE on the lid.

    We went to all the places which a beetle might be near,
    And we made the sort of noises which a beetle likes to hear,
    And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort of shout:
    "A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!"

    It was Alexander Beetle I'm as certain as can be
    And he had a sort of look as if he thought it might be ME,
    And he had a kind of look as if he thought he ought to say:
    "I'm very, very sorry that I tried to run away."

    And Nanny's very sorry too, for you know what she did,
    And she's writing ALEXANDER very blackly on the lid,
    So Nan and me are friends, because it's difficult to catch
    An excited Alexander you've mistaken for a match.

    • Forgiven (affectionately also known as Alexander Beetle)

The House at Pooh Corner (1928)

  • When we asked Pooh what the opposite of an Introduction was, he said "The what of a what?" which didn't help us as much as we had hoped, but luckily Owl kept his head and told us that the Opposite of an Introduction, my dear Pooh, was a Contradiction; and, as he is very good at long words, I am sure that that's what it is.
    • Contradiction
  • The more he looked inside the more Piglet wasn't there.
    • Chapter One - Pooh
  • "Nearly eleven o'clock," said Pooh happily. "You're just in time for a little smackerel of something."
    • Chapter One
  • "Shall I look too?" said Pooh, who was beginning to feel a little eleven o'clockish. And he found a small tin of condensed milk, and something seemed to tell him that Tiggers didn't like this, so he took it into a corner by itself, and went with it to see that nobody interrupted it.
    • Chapter Two
  • Pooh said good-bye affectionately to his fourteen pots of honey, and hoped they were fifteen; and he and Rabbit went out into the Forest.
    • Chapter Three
  • Piglet looked up, and looked away again. And he felt so Foolish and Uncomfortable that he had almost decided to run away to Sea and be a Sailor, when suddenly he saw something.
    • Chapter Three
  • One day when Pooh was thinking, he thought he would go and see Eeyore, because he hadn't seen him since yesterday.
    • Chapter Four
  • Now it happened that Kanga had felt rather motherly that morning, and Wanting to Count Things — like Roo's vests, and how many pieces of soap there were left, and the two clean spots in Tigger's feeder.
    • Chapter Four
  • "Yes," said Tigger, "they're very good flyers, Tiggers are. Strornry good flyers."
    • Chapter Four
  • Piglet took Pooh's arm, in case Pooh was frightened.
    • Chapter Four
  • "And he respects Owl, because you can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count."
    • Chapter Five - Rabbit, speaking of Christopher Robin
  • Owl took Christopher Robin's notice from Rabbit and looked at it nervously. He could spell his own name WOL, and he could spell Tuesday so that you knew it wasn't Wednesday, and he could read quite comfortably when you weren't looking over his shoulder and saying "Well?" all the time, and he could—
    • Chapter Five
  • "I've got a sort of idea," said Pooh at last, "but I don't suppose it's a very good one."
    "I don't suppose it is either," said Eeyore.
    • Chapter Six
  • Pooh looked at his two paws. He knew that one of them was the right, and he knew that when you had decided which one of them was the right, then the other one was the left, but he never could remember how to begin.
    • Chapter Seven
  • "Lucky we know the forest so well, or we might get lost," said Rabbit half an hour later, and he gave the careless laugh which you give when you know the Forest so well that you can't get lost.
    • Chapter Seven
  • ...and then he and Roo pushed each other about in a friendly way, and Tigger accidentally knocked over one or two chairs by accident, and Roo accidentally knocked over one on purpose, and Kanga said, "Now then, run along."
    • Chapter Seven
  • "You only blinched inside," said Pooh, "and that's the bravest way for a Very Small Animal not to blinch that there is."
    • Chapter Nine
  • "Well," said Pooh, "what I like best—" and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
    • Chapter Ten
  • "I'm not going to do nothing anymore."
    "Never again?"
    "Well, not so much. They don't let you."
  • "I shouldn't be surprised if it hailed a good deal tomorrow", Eeyore was saying. "Blizzards and what-not. Being fine today doesn't mean anything. It has no sig - what's that word? Well, it has none of that. It's just a small piece of wheather."
  • If I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will grow up into a beehive.
  • So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest a little boy and his bear will always be playing.
  • "That's what Jagulars always do", said Pooh, much interested. "They call 'Help! Help!' and then when you look up, they drop on you."
  • "They wanted to come in after the pounds", explained Pooh, "so I let them. It's the best way to write poetry, letting things come."

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