Oh Bother!

Today we celebrate the birthday of AA Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, and National Winnie-the-Pooh Day. Who is your favorite character from the beloved children’s series?

 

8 responses to “Oh Bother!

  1. I know it is sacrilege but I never cared for Winnie-the-Pooh!

    • I’m with you, Larry; Winnie-the-Pooh was never high on my childhood like list either. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s ‘The Little Prince’ , on the other hand, grabbed hold and never let go:

      “I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups and asked them if my drawing frightened them.
      They answered:’Why should anyone be frightened by a hat’ My drawing did not represent a hat. It was supposed to be a boa constrictor digesting an elephant.”

      • Megan Norris Jones

        It’s confession time. I’ve never read The Little Prince. But after reading about a new nonfiction picture book called The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, I’ve added it to my list. It’s never too late to catch up with a classic right?

        • Megan, if I had to choose one children’s book among the multi-gazillion books published since the creation of movable type, it would be The Little Prince.

          Seriously.

      • The Little Prince is awesome, Anonymous, we definitely have the same taste!

        • Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

          The Little Prince is such an amazing story. The first time I read the story was in my high school French class, which was an interesting introduction to a story that would later become required reading to my own children–only to them I read it in English. And yes, something is lost in translation, but it is a very good place to start.

  2. Megan Norris Jones

    When I was a kid, my favorite friend from the Hundred Acre Wood was probably Roo. He was a kangaroo, which gave him just the right mix of exuberant bounce and ability to retreat to his mother’s pouch that I appreciated. Now that I’m grown, though, Eeyore strikes me as pretty hilarious.

  3. I’m a fan of both and always have been. I decided to have a “read outdoors together” night this past summer for our family. Created this cozy little retreat out of blankets and pillows under a shady tree and I pulled my childhood copy of The Little Prince from the bookshelf. We took turns reading the first few chapters aloud. “I don’t get it,” and “Can we read something else?” were the only things I heard from my kids until I finally surrendered. Winnie the Pooh, though? My kids have those stories memorized. Why did they love one over the other? I don’t have an answer, but I’m hopeful that the Little Prince is a story they’ll revisit. As for the original question, Tigger’s always been my favorite. Endless enthusiasm and energy with that bouncy character.

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