This October marks the 90th anniversary of the most lovable bear around, Winnie the Pooh. For 90 years Pooh has been making us laugh, cry, and think about the nature of reality. Pooh once said “I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” A profound sentiment for a character in a children’s book. And that is exactly why Pooh is the best bear in the world!
Creator of the Pooh, A.A. Milne was a master of short whimsical prose. Pooh’s observations about himself and the world were existential and seemed inspired by eastern philosophy. Another Pooh-ism that will make you think goes like this, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” Here you can see the Eastern ideal of letting go, allowing life to wash over you instead of constantly being in a state of rushing from one thing to the next.
The calm disarming aesthetic of the Pooh-niverse is perfect for a children’s book. The beauty of Pooh is that A.A. Milne’s minimalist style and disarming prose gives even the most sophisticated reader something to think about.
In honor of the celebration, authors Brian Sibley, Kate Saunders, Paul Bright, and Jeanne Willis are writing four more Pooh adventures. Some may call this blasphemous, but they are doing their best to accurately capture Milne’s unique writing skill. They even gave Pooh a new friend, a Penguin! The Penguin is not some random animal, there are old photos of A.A. Milne with a Pooh bear and a Penguin. Let’s see what new ideas and adventures they will tackle together!
Featured image courtesy of Mark Burgess. Courtesy of Mark Burgess/Trustees of the Pooh Properties/Egmont Publishing