The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh from the Hundred Acre Wood are stories which almost every adult and child living in Britain today will be familiar with. The honey-loving yellow bear with his adorable collection of friends, including Christopher Robin have filled many a storytelling hour for young children across the globe.
His character was first created by writer A. A. Milne in 1926 when he saw his son, Christopher Robin Milne playing with a toy teddy bear. The other stuffed toys that his son was playing with included a piglet, tiger, kangaroo and a donkey all of whom became supporting characters in the book franchise. Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear he often saw at London Zoo and Pooh after a swan they had met whilst on holiday and he was the child’s best friend.
The name was immortalised in his father’s collection of stories which saw ‘Pooh’ and his friends looking for honey, catching heffalumps, searching for Eeyore’s lost tail and much more. The stories are simple and yet completely endearing; they teach children moral lessons in a gentle, timeless way, and it is impossible not to fall in love with them, which explains why the stories have continued to be popular for over 90 years!
In that time stories of Winnie-the-Pooh have had several adaptations, being made into countless films, television series, theatre shows, radio broadcasts, and several international translations. The most recent film surrounding the stories was the 2017 film Goodbye Christopher Robin which explored the creation of the Winnie-the-Pooh series and the lives of the Milne family.
The work that we do at Settle Stories often builds on traditional stories such as the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, or those of Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl, which most children will be familiar with, building on the fond memories created through reading those stories and encourages them to explore new stories and cultures as they grow older.
To celebrate “Winnie-the-Pooh Day” on what would have been the authors 96th birthday, we are hosting a Winnie-the-pooh themed party on the 20th January to celebrate all that is wonderful about the yellow bear!
In 2016 we hosted a Roald Dahl celebration party and it was so successful with one of the children claiming it was the “best day ever!! I loved it. Please do it again!!! PLEASE!”
It is an event that fans of Winnie-the-Pooh will not want to miss – an immersive afternoon of crafts, storytelling, games and a picnic on our inside lawn with lots of yummy honey!
There are still limited tickets available, for more info and to book, click here
Written by Charlotte Furness