Who doesn’t love Winnie-the-Pooh? He’s an inspiration for an incomparable number of children. Plush versions of him are taken to playdates, family vacations, and birthday parties. Kids live their entire childhoods re-imagining their backyards as the Hundred Acre Wood, wishing to play along with all A.A. Milne’s lovable creatures.
That is why we glowed with envy when we heard that Prince George, toddler and eventual heir to the throne of Britain, has a supporting role in Winnie the Pooh’s newest book. It’s a chance many people would rather take than meet the president (which, oh yeah, he did too).
This special Winnie-the-Pooh adventure, which is out today, is a joint birthday celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the honey-loving bear himself, who both turn 90 this year. The aptly titled Winnie-the-Pooh and the Royal Birthday finds Mr.-the-Pooh gallavanting around London with Piglet, Christopher Robin and Eeyore, trying to reach Buckingham Palace to give a personal gift to the Queen.
For his part, the boy George tossles Piglets’ ears, is given a red balloon, and is described as “much younger than Christopher Robin and almost as bouncy as Tigger.”
Despite only just meeting now, the Queen’s relationship with the bear and occasional ‘lil black raincloud is longstanding. The first collection of Pooh stories, released in 1926, was dedicated to the infant princess. As she grew up, she became the biggest fan, reading all the books and owning a hand-painted china set of Pooh, Christopher Robin and the gang. This book, then, is just icing on the cake.
The book, written by Jane Riordan and illustrated by Mark Burgess, is being offered as a free PDF storybook here.