January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day.
Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne), author of the Winner-the-Pooh stories, was born on this day in 1882.
During World War I, troops in transit to eastern Canada stopped at White River, Ontario. Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn purchased a small female black bear cub from a hunter who had killed its mother. Colebourn named her Winnipeg, after his hometown, Winnie for short. He brought her with him to London. When he and his unit went to France, he left her in the care of the London Zoo. After the war, he donated Winnie to the zoo because she had become a beloved attraction.
This bear was Christopher Robin’s, son of author A.A. Milne, favorite zoo animal and inspired young Christopher to name his own teddy bear Winnie, Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne wrote about Pooh, Christopher, and their friends in the 100-Acre-Wood.
Pooh is beloved by so many. Today we celebrate the author and his stories.
How to celebrate:
Read The House at Pooh Corner
Have a smackerel of snacks like carrots and honey cakes.