Happy Anniversary, Winnie-the-Pooh! —Owain Mckimm Ninety years ago, the world was introduced to an adorable, honey-loving bear named Winnie-the-Pooh in a book by the British writer A. A. Milne. Titled Winnie-the-Pooh, it became an instant classic and was soon available in more than 25 languages. Since then, Pooh and his friends have never been far from the spotlight. In the 1960s, Disney adapted the book into several films. Original Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by Disney soon followed, giving rise to a TV series and merchandise.
Winnie-the-Pooh's success was largely due to its ability to capture children's imaginations. Pooh's early adventures include encounters with strange creatures in the Hundred Acre Wood and an attempt to reach the North Pole. Of course, Pooh doesn't have these adventures alone. He's often accompanied by his friends, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, and others. Pooh's best friend, however, is Christopher Robin, a character that was based on the author's son, Christopher Robin Milne.
Milne was inspired to write the book by watching his young son at play. For his first birthday, Christopher received a teddy bear which he would play with in and around the forest near the family's holiday home. Later, the bear was joined by more soft toys, which Milne also brought to life as characters in his stories.