Monday, January 15, 2007

The Skinny On... nnie-the-Pooh And His Creator, Too


DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: January 18, 1882, London, England

MOST FAMOUS FOR: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), House At Pooh Corner (1928)

BEST MOVIE ADAPTATIONS: Winnie The Pooh and The Honey Tree (1965), Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day (1968), Winnie The Pooh And Tigger, Too (1974), Winnie The Pooh And A Day For Eeyore(1983)

FAMOUS GRAMMAR SCHOOL TEACHER: H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine

BEST BUDDY: J.M.Barrie, author of Peter Pan

SECOND CAREER AS: A playwright.

MOST FAMOUS PLAY: Toad Of Toad Hall, an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind In The Willows.

ORIGINS OF THE SPECIES: Christopher Robin was Milne’s son and Winnie-the-Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, etc. were his stuffed animals. The character, Gopher exists only in the Disney versions.

MOST FAMOUS BEAR IN THE WORLD: Winnie-the-Pooh has been translated into thirty-three languages: Afrikaans, Breton, Bulgarian, Castilian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Frisian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Thai, Esperanto and Latin.

WINNIE-THE-BUDDHIST MONK: Benjamin Hoff wrote two philosophical discourses on Pooh Corner, The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet.

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