Thursday, October 14, 1976

A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh: Published 50 Years Ago Today

Last updated 11/2/2020.


A.A. Milne

First Publication: October 14, 1926

Category: children’s stories

Sales: 2.95 million

Accolades (click on badges to see full lists):

About the Book:

In this classic children’s book, “A.A. Milne created a life philosophy with the trials, triumphs and tiddley-poms of the honey-loving, always kind-hearted” TG teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and his adventures with his friends who include the timid Piglet, the melancholy Eeyore, the wise Owl, the picky Rabbit, and the motherly Kanga looking after her son Roo. The book’s sequel, The House at Pooh Corner, introduced the bouncy Tigger.

“These characters and their stories are timeless treasures of childhood that continue to speak to all of us with the kind of freshness and heart that distinguishes true storytelling.” AZ

In 1926, Saturday Review said: “Winnie-the-Pooh is a joy; full of solemn idiocies and the sort of jokes one weeps over helplessly, not even knowing why they are so funny, and with it all the real wit and tenderness which alone could create a priceless little masterpiece.” AZ

A.A. Milne, “wrote this book for his son, Christopher Robin.” AZ As the illustrator, Ernest H. Shepard “lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape.” AZ “Portions of the book were adapted from previously published stories. The first chapter, for instance, was adapted from ‘The Wrong Sort of Bees,’ a story published in the London Evening News in its issue for Christmas Eve 1925. The chapters in the book can be read independently of each other, as they are episodic in nature and plots do not carry over from one chapter to the next.” WK

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