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Alan Alexander Milne was born in London, England. On August 21,1920. His first child is born, they named him Christopher Robin. He was first called Billy by the family and later Moon by himself because of the problem of saying his last name.

For his first birthday he received a stuff bear from Harrod's in London. Later known as Winnie the Pooh. The Milne family move into a cottage in 1925 at Cothford Farm in Sussex. Which later takes a setting in the Winnie the Pooh books.The stories about Winnie the Pooh and friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are beloved classics translated into many languages and adored by small children everywhere. Milne soon publishes a childrens story book collection that does not yet include Christopher Robin or his toy friends.Winnie the Pooh's adventures began as bedtime stories that Milne told Christopher Robin, they soon were being told to girls and boys everywhere.

On December 24 THE LONDON Evening News publishes a story called "Winnie the Pooh." Illustrations were done by J.H. Dowd. 1926 "Eeyore has a birthday "was pubished in the August edition of the Royal Magazine. In October 1928 "The House At Pooh Corner" was published and Tigger was introduced to the public for the very first time. In 1951 the famous by than toys of Christopher Robin toured the United States. The toys were insured for $50,000. The toys can now be viewed at the New York Publc Library.

How Winnie the Pooh got his name
The now famous bear called "Winnie the Pooh" was not always known as Winnie the Pooh.

The name Pooh first belonged to a swan. The name Winnie came from an American Black bear at the London zoo that Christopher Robin always used to go visit. The bear was Christopher Robin's favorite animal at the zoo. He spent alot of time inside the cage with the bear. The bear he often visited was why Christopher named he's stuffed bear Winnie. Winnie is typically cosidered a female name but Christopher Robin insisted his teddy was a boy. In the first chapter of Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne writes : When I first heard his name, I said, just as you are going to say, " But I thought he was a boy?" "So did I, said Christopher Robin. "Than you can't call him Winnie?" "I don't." "But you said..." "He's Winnie-ther-Pooh. Don't you know what "ther" means?" "Ah yes, now I do,"I said quickly; and I hope you do too, because it is all the explanation your going to get.

A contient away and many decades later, Walt Disney was one of the many parents who shared the Pooh stories whith his children. Inspired by his kid's love for Pooh, Walt Disney bought the rights to several stories in 1961 and started plans for a musical animated feature-length fild. Walt later changed his plans and decided to release 3 "featurettes" each one a Milne classic at heart.
Walt relized the value of staying within his audidences childhood memories of these charming tales that insisted that his 30+ artist adhere as much as possible to the orginal characters as conceived by E. Shepard in his illustrations. After Walts death, the Disney Studios created "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too" and released it in 1974. In 1877, all 3 featurettes were combined in the full-length feature "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh". There was one tale that was yet to be made into an animated classic. In 1983 "Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore was released. Today Disney's Winnie the Pooh is an intrinsic part of childhood all over the world.

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