Winnie the Pooh is a book that Alan Alexander Milne wrote for his son Christoper Robin and the characters that the reader encounters in the book are toys from his son’s room. He was observing how his son made his toys come to life by giving them a personality and came up with the idea of creating heroes that will be enjoyed by million kids worldwide.
Christopher Robin had a swan named Pooh but since the swan was gone away he gave that name to a teddy bear. That is how bear Winnie the Pooh came to life. While the author was writing this book, some characters were inside of his son’s room, and some of them are made up.
The first adventure of Winnie the Pooh is finding honey. He was hungry, so he decided to fool the bees and steal their honey. He came to the idea of pretending to be a clown. He took a balloon and decided to fly with it. The bees got suspicious about the cloud, so they started to fly around their honey trying to protect it. Pooh realized that he wouldn’t be able to steal the honey, so he came back down to the ground.
There was a little problem because the balloon he was flying with wouldn’t let him come down. Christopher Robin came to his rescue. He took his gun and shot the balloon. Pooh landed to the ground, but he was so afraid that he was still holding the rope of the balloon.
In the next chapter, Pooh went to visit his friend the Rabbit. He offered his food, so Pooh got full on honey and butter. When he wanted to go home, he couldn’t get out of the rabbit’s hole. He had to diet for a week to be able to go out. Also, Piglet decided to join them.
Pooh decided to go hunting with his friend Piglet. Piglet was cleaning the snow around his house. He saw Pooh following some footprints in the snow, so he asked him who was he chasing. Bear Pooh thought that he was hunting something, but in reality, he was only following his prints in the snow.
In the fourth chapter, Winnie tries to help his friend the donkey Eeyore. He lost his tail a while ago, so they decided to look for it. They came to an owl and asked for help but then they realized that she was carrying his tail as a new bell leash. Christopher Robin used a nail to pin the tail back onto the donkey.
Eeyore was celebrating his birthday, so Piglet and Pooh were carrying their presents. Piglets balloon was punctured, and Pooh ate all of the honey he was planning to give to Eeyore.
Mother Kang and her son Roo appear in the woods. The animals get confused by their presence and don’t know what to do so they decide to kidnap the son and return it to the mother when she promises to leave the forest.
The forest crew did it, but Kanga wasn’t afraid for the faith of her son because she knew that Christopher Robins wouldn’t let his son get hurt. Piglet took her son’s place by jumping into Kanga’s pouch. She decided to joke around with him for a little bit, so she gave him a bath every night but in cold water. In the end, Kanga and Roo became friends with the animals and stayed in the forest.
Christopher Robin decided to organize and expedition to the North Pole. Everyone set off to the North Pole, but nobody knew where it was. They thought that it was a pole stuck in the ground. On the was Roo fell into the river. The others saved him with a pole that represented their North Pole. Christopher declared the expedition successful because they’ve found the North Pole. They stuck a sign into the ground that said “North Pole – discovered by Winnie the Pooh – found by Winnie the Pooh”.
Suddenly it started to rain so hard that Pooh woke up with his feet in the water. He took all of his jars of honey up onto the tree and a few days after he got a note from the Piglet. He was asking for help. Pooh wasn’t a very good swimmer, so he decided to make a boat. He sailed to an island where Christopher Robin lived and gave him the note.
Thanks to Pooh’s imagination they sailed to Piglet that was in an upside-down umbrella, and they saved him from drowning. There was a big party organized for Pooh because he discovered the North Pole and saved Piglet. Pooh made a poem for himself and got a pencil case full of supplies. At the end, the storyteller appears and says that Pooh is just a stuffed animal that belongs to Christopher Robin for whom this story was written.
Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo
Alan Alexander Milne Biography
Alan Alexander Milne was born in 1882 in London. He was schooled in his father’s school where one of his teachers was H.G. Wells, a writer of famous science-fictional novels. After elementary school, he attended Westminister and then Cambridge.
After he had finished school, he got a job at a newspaper and stayed there until 1914. After that, he went to the military, and when the First World War started, he was sent to France.
He got married in 1913 and after seven years of trying his wife got pregnant. They couldn’t agree on the name, so the boy was called Christopher Robin which didn’t make much difference since he gave himself the nickname Billy Moon.
Alan became a father pretty late, and he was very mature. With time he started writing stories and poems for his son because he believed that every father would want to do it but they lack talent.
He wrote four books for children that are Winnie the Pooh, A Gallery of Children, The House at Pooh Corner and Short Stories. Some of his other books are The Secret and Other Stories, When We Were Young…
He was involved in the mentioned way of writing between 1924 and 1928. Then his son started growing up, and his personality got different. Alan decided that he was done with writing for kids so he decided to dedicate his time to journalism, playwriting and novel writing. He died in 1965.