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Silly Old Bear: ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Was Published On This Day!

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff
He’s Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Willy nilly silly old bear

Sorry, didn’t mean to get that stuck in your head. But its a good introduction to what was doubtlessly a massive childhood memory for us: Winnie the Pooh. The silly old bear has made quite the impact on children across the world, universally beloved by young and old alike. Although Winnie the Pooh’s books have been overshadowed by the Disney adaptations, they’re still lovely and cherished by millions for their warmth and simplistic yet surprisingly complicated philosophical musings.

 

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First published on October 14th, 1926, the children’s book introduced the world to Winnie the Pooh and his colorful cast of companions: Piglet, Eyeore, Kanga and Roo, Owl, and Rabbit. Tigger is the sole exception, not being introduced until the book’s sequel, The House at Pooh Corner. The book was written by A.A. Milne, who drew inspiration for the character from his son, Christopher Robin, who was also put into the books more or less as himself. Winnie the Pooh was named after Christopher’s toy bear, who was named ‘Winnie’ for the Canadian black bear he saw at the London zoo and ‘Pooh’ a swan the family had met while on holiday. On the character’s name, the author was quoted as saying:

 

But his arms were so stiff … they stayed up straight in the air for more than a week, and whenever a fly came and settled on his nose he had to blow it off. And I think – but I am not sure – that that is why he is always called Pooh.

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Winnie the Pooh became a bestselling phenomenon upon release, with its sequel following its publication shortly after. It has been translated into dozens of languages, including Latin (the Latin translation made the New York Times bestseller’s list). The rights were licensed by Disney in the 60s, where Winnie the Pooh and his cast were featured in several cartoon features by Disney, before Disney acquired full rights from Milne’s estate in 2001.

In the stories, Pooh is characterized as being a bear of very little brain, being often slow witted but also thoughtful, kind, and steadfast to his friends. Overall, his main motivation is often honey, which he spells as ‘hunny’. Overall, he is kindhearted and very loyal to his friends, even the perpetually grumpy Eyeore.

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Happy birthday to our favorite bear, with the publication of his very first book. What fond memories do you have of the bear of little brain and his friends? Tell us in the comments and maybe you can help introduce Pooh to the next generation as well!

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Two of the Best Books About True Friendship

As we grow up, the meaning of books that stress the importance of friendship evolve. Children’s books based on friendship are simple in nature, yet the message they leave behind can be incredibly profound, while books for younger and older adults based on friendship are more complex and tackle the moral and emotional qualities of relationships.

Nonetheless, both can leave you appreciating just what your friends mean to you a little more. Here are the two best books that portray true friendship.

 

Winnie the Pooh

 

Instead of just talking about how A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, I feel like a series of quotes would be more appropriate.

“A friend is someone who helps you up when you’re down, and if they can’t, they lay down beside you and listen.”

 

Winnie the Pooh and the gang-live action

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“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

 

 

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

 

Winnie the Pooh-illustration

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“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

 

Winnie the Pooh and the gang-live action movie

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Some may say that he is merely a cartoon, or a bear of very little brain. Yet, he’s an inspiration. He always reminds us how lucky we are to have the friends that we do.

 

Harry Potter

 

The Harry Potter series of novels teaches us a handful of things, but I think its most powerful lesson is that of the importance of friendship.

 

Harry Potter and friends

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Throughout the seven books, it becomes very clear Harry, Ron and Hermione become the closest of friends. As the storyline gets darker and more mature, the situations they are in become more dangerous, thus they must prove to be there for each other when they’re needed the most.

 

Harry and the gang

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Harry’s narrative would not have been nearly the same without the powerful friendships he developed throughout the books. This is quite evident when they go searching for the Sorcerer’s Stone and end up facing the series of tests. They make it to the end because of Harry’s courage, Ron’s loyalty, and Hermione’s intelligence. From the start of the story, we see Harry and his friends making choices that make have happy and healthy social lives.

By choosing friends who you connect with intellectually, who you can be yourself with, and who respect and value your opinions, your friendships can become immensely powerful.

 

 

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Two Adult Perspectives on Legendary Children’s Books

Simply aging does not mean the life lessons we learn from children’s books become meaningless. As the great C.S Lewis once proclaimed, “A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story”. The simplicity of children’s narratives allows us as adults to easily revisit them and experience them in a completely different way.

I wrote an article about The Giving Tree and how the message it sends is extremely profound; something I never would have picked up as an eight year old. Here are two more adult perspectives of classic children’s stories.

 

1-Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

 

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet

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Winnie The Pooh‘s simplicity is its greatest attribute. When you revisit the the story, don’t be surprised if you see bits of your personality scattered throughout the main cast of characters.

Eeyore

Eeyore is the representation of depression that is within all of us, whether it’s hidden or not. No matter how much he tries, he can’t seem to find the light in any situation.

Tigger

Tigger represents the adventurous, carefree side in all of us. He is always happy and there is very little that can bring him down from his upbeat look on life. He also represents our individuality. Although he refers himself in the third person, saying things like “Tiggers don’t like honey”, he maintains that “he is the only one”.

Piglet

Piglet is a symbol of the anxiety that resides within us. He is generally afraid of everything and has a generally timid disposition. Despite this, he does attempt to be brave on occasion and will try to conquer his fears.

Pooh

Although Pooh and his friends agree that he is “a bear of very little brain”, that’s a huge part of what makes him so lovable. He has unconditional love for all of his friends, which is a trait of his I never truly appreciated until I revisited this story. Pooh represents the pure heart and soul that every one of us can pursue.

 

Eeyore

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2-Where the WIld Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 

Where the Wild Things Are

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It’s really surprising how many life lessons are present within Where the Wild Things Are. Although the book is barely longer than 300 words and is only 40 pages, there are many things that we as adults can take out of it.

No Matter How Old we Get, the power of imagination will always remain extremely powerful

The main character, Max, envisions a world where he would want to live; where he is king and his parents do not have any sort of control over him. The immense power of his imagination is what became the foundation of this book.

Don’t judge merely based on appearance

Although the wild things may have appeared ferocious, roaring with terrible claws and teeth, they were not as terrible as they seemed. They accepted Max into their tribe, in spite of his small size and lack of intimidation, and they all became really close friends.

 

The friends from 'Where The Wild Things Are'
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Amazing Adaptations Coming to Netflix in March!

The Netflix gods are kind (and so is their messenger, EW). We’re getting all sorts of good stuff to stream in March — many of them being book adaptations. Here is a list of the various adapted titles coming to Netflix according to their decidedly appropriate category.

 

Christopher Robin

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The Throwbacks

Stuart Little
A Clockwork Orange
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
The Notebook
Disney’s Christopher Robin
Emma

 

Biographical

Apollo 13
The Hurt Locker
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks
The Dirt
Tyson

 

Mythology/Historical Fiction

Immortals
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

Comicbook/Mangaland

Hunter X Hunter: Seasons 1-3

 

Additional

Winter’s Bone
Juanita

 

Guess I won’t be leaving my house this month.

 

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The New Trailer for ‘Christopher Robin’ Is Here and I Am Weeping

I’m not quite over Paddington 2, I’m hardly even the better of the first Paddington film, truth be told. So it’s no surprise that I am completely unprepared for the new Christopher Robin movie, the teaser trailer for which has just dropped.  Yes, here I am, once again weeping at a brief trailer for a children’s film starring an anthropomorphised bear. I am who I am, I suppose.

 

The film stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin, who is now living a pressured and decidedly un-magical adulthood in which he works a thankless and stressful job under his boss Keith Winslow (Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss), and is therefore compelled to let down his wife and daughter repeatedly, in favor of working late to implement budget cuts. Grim. Pooh Bear, however, returns just in time to reintroduce some color into Christopher Robin’s very grey life. It’s very moving, not least because Pooh continues to be voiced, as he has been throughout Disney’s various incarnations of the honey loving bear, by Jim Cummings. 

 

 

Marc Forster, director of Quantum of Solace and Finding Neverland leads the project, with a script by Tom McCarthy (Up), Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth) and Oscar nominee Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures). Pretty promising, if you ask moi.

 

Together with Ewan McGregor, Mark Gatiss, and Haley Atwell as Christopher Robin’s wife Evelyn, the film sees the Doctor Who‘s Peter Capaldi voicing Rabbit, Chris O’Dowd voicing Tigger, Sophie Okonedo as Kanga and Brad Garrett as Eeyore. I am sold. 

 

Christopher Robin will come to cinemas in the United States on August 3rd, and will hit UK cinemas August 17th.

 

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