A Pooh Fan

Ernest H. Shepard illustration courtesy of carlemuseum.org

Anyone who has grown up in the last century has to be familiar with Pooh. And if you’re a fan, I don’t have to tell you who Pooh is: philosopher, thinker, and primarily a lover of honey. So as a tribute to A.A. Milne (Alan Alexander), who was born on this day in 1882 in England, I would like to quote a little Pooh.

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

“It’s the same thing,” he said.

A. A. Milne had a son named Christopher Robin and his toy bear, pig, donkey, tiger, and Kangaroo where Milne’s inspiration for the Winnie the Pooh stories , which were first published in 1926. Ernest H. Shepard was the illustrator and also used Christopher Robin’s toys for his illustrations. (He also did the illustrations for the lovely The Wind in the Willows stories.) Winnie the Pooh has been published in 21 languages. Milne died in 1956.

Ernest H. Shepard illustration from whatsoeverthingsarelovely-coleenelizabeth.com