Although the language and turns of phrase are from a bygone era,
the Winnie-The-Pooh books continue to
be hugely popular (the later Disney creations have only helped to widen the honey-munching bear’s appeal).
The tales were inspired by Milne’s own son (immortalised as Christopher Robin) and his cuddly toys. However, the image of Pooh that we have come to know and love was based on the favoured toy bear of illustrator Ernest Shepard’s son.
In the tales about life with Edward Bear (Winnie to you and I), the first collection of stories establishes Pooh’s world with Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit and Kanga, and their many life-learning adventures in 100 Acre Wood.