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Yesterday was A. A. Milne’s birthday.

NPG x19563,Alan Alexander ('A.A.') Milne,by Howard Coster

He was born in 1882, in the Kilburn area of London, England.  His father was a Scotsman and a school master.

Milne is most famous for bringing joy to the lives of children through his Winnie The Pooh books.  But, there’s much more about him.

So, to celebrate the birthday of my children’s favorite author (at least it was), here’s some Milne trivia.

H.G. Wells was one of his school teachers.

He served in the British Army in WW I.

He had one son, Christopher Robin Milne.

He was an essayist and editor of the British magazine Punch.

Milne originally wanted to write detective stories.

Winnie the Pooh’s original name was Edward.

Pooh’s friends were named for real toys belonging to Milne’s son.

The toys:  Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, and Tigger are all under glass in New York.

The 100 Acre Wood is based on a real park, The 500 Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest.

Winnie got his name from a Canadian military mascot.

The real Winnie

Forbes Magazine ranks Winnie the Pooh as the most valuable fictional character, worth an estimated $5.9 billion in 2002!

Mrs. Milne sold her rights to Winnie the Pooh in 1956, the other heirs sold theirs in 2001 for $350 million. (They had been leasing it.)

The copyright on Winnie expires in 2026.

There are hundreds of great lines in all the Pooh books, but my favorite is:  “Sometimes,” said Pooh, “the smallest things take UP the most room in your heart.”

Pooh and Tigger

 

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