Wednesday 26 July 2017

Winne the Pooh proves you're never too old to meet someone as he makes a new friend at 90

The House at Pooh Corner, first published 1928. Text by A.A. Milne copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Line illustrations copyright © E.H.Shepard.
The House at Pooh Corner, first published 1928. Text by A.A. Milne copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Line illustrations copyright © E.H.Shepard.
Cover image - The Best Bear in All the World
A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin Milne - playing with a toy teddy bear (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)
The House at Pooh Corner, first published 1928. Text by A.A. Milne copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Line illustrations copyright © E.H.Shepard.

Sasha Brady

Winne the Pooh is celebrating his 90th birthday with a new friend.

Four new books have been published to mark the 90th anniversary of the much-loved children's character, along with the introduction of a brand new friend.

Pooh's new adventures are written by Brian Sibley and sees a brand new character, known as Penguin, join the Hundred Acre Wood gang.

The character is based on a photograph of Pooh author AA Milne and his son Christopher playing with a penguin stuffed toy.

Cover image - The Best Bear in All the World
Cover image - The Best Bear in All the World

Sibley said: "While pondering what other toys Christopher Robin might have owned, but which were never written about, I remembered seeing a photograph of father and son playing on the nursery floor with Winnie the Pooh and a penguin.

"The thought of Pooh encountering a penguin seemed no more outlandish than him meeting a kangaroo and a tiger in a Sussex wood, so I started thinking about what might have happened if, on a rather snowy day, Penguin had found his way to Pooh Corner."

The House at Pooh Corner, first published 1928. Text by A.A. Milne copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Line illustrations copyright © E.H.Shepard.
The House at Pooh Corner, first published 1928. Text by A.A. Milne copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Line illustrations copyright © E.H.Shepard.

Many of Pooh's famous friends, including Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Roo and Piglet, and even the beloved bear himself, were based on Christopher's toys.

The very first Winnie the Pooh book was published on October 14, 1926 and went on to achieve lasting, worldwide popularity.

Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson is set to play AA Milne in the movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin. Australian actress Margot Robbie will play his wife Daphne.

The movie will show Christopher, his nanny Olive and his parents as they are swept up in the international success of the books in the aftermath of the First World War.

The House at Pooh Corner, first published 1928. Text by A.A. Milne copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Line illustrations copyright © E.H.Shepard.
The House at Pooh Corner, first published 1928. Text by A.A. Milne copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Line illustrations copyright © E.H.Shepard.

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