January 18, 2015

Birthday of A.A. Milne

Happy Birthday to you!  Happy Birthday to you!   Happy Birthday dear creator of Winnie-the-Pooh!  Happy Birthday to you!  

Happy 132nd birthday to Mr. A.A. Milne!  Can we imagine our childhoods without the beloved Pooh bear, Eeyore, Kanga and Christopher Robin?  I, for one, would not want to.  It would certainly be less enchanting and oh-so-less endearing, wouldn’t it?

So, today let’s pause to honor the man who created this little boy and his woodland friends.  Born January 18, 1882 in Hampstead, London, Milne showed an early interest in both writing and mathematics. After serving in the British Army in World War I, his writing career blossomed.  He became both an author and a playwright, but it’s his Winnie-the-Pooh materials for which he is best known and most fondly remembered.

From where did his inspiration come for these delightful stories and poems?  Right in his own household!  His young son, Christopher Robin Milne served as his muse, which resulted in Pooh and his other characters coming to life.

So make your way to the library today to re-read some or all of Milne’s books. And as you turn the pages, perhaps stop long enough to hum a little birthday tune to Winnie’s creator.

Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

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