On January 18, we celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day. It honors the author A.A. Milne’s birthday and the silly old bear who was the main character in his most loved stories.
Milne published the first stories of Winnie the Pooh in 1926. It was titled Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, visited a real black bear at the London Zoo named Winnie. That served as the inspiration.
Let’s take a deeper look at this “chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff” to see why he was loved for generations. Plus, we’ll review how we can join in on the celebration. I have a feeling we will find something sweet.
When is Winnie the Pooh Day?
Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on January 18 each year.
Fun Facts about Winnie the Pooh
- Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a bear named Winnie at the London Zoo. The female black bear was named after the town Winnipeg where she had been adopted by a veterinarian.
- The real Winnie actually had a sweet tooth and would eat spoonfuls of condensed milk.
- A.A. Milne gave his son, Christopher Robin, an 18-inch teddy bear from Harrod’s department store in London.
- Christopher Robin Milne also had a stuffed Tiger, Donkey, Pig, and Kangaroo that inspired other characters.
- Many of the fictional locations were based on Ashdown Down Forest in Sussex, England.
- The New York Public Library showcases many of Christopher Robin’s original stuffed toys.
- E.H. Shepard completed the books’ illustrations.
- The name “Winnie-the-Pooh” first appeared in print in a Christmas story by Milne and was published on Christmas Eve, 1925.
- In 1961, Disney acquired the rights to the characters and changed the name by dropping the hyphens in “Winnie-the-Pooh.”
- There have been sales of over 50 million copies of the Winnie the Pooh books.
- Pooh Bear met Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace and sang her a special hum for her 90th birthday.
- A.A. Milne was the author of When We Were Very Young, Winnie-the-Pooh, Now We Are Six, and The House at Pooh Corner. There have been many other Winnie the Pooh stories written by other authors.
- You can send birthday cards to Winnie the Pooh at the New York Public Library, where the original stuffed bear lives.
- Forbes Magazine ranks Winnie the Pooh as the second most valuable children’s character. Mickey Mouse is number one.
- Milne’s stories have been translated into over 50 languages and are considered classic children’s stories today.
Winnie the Pooh Meme
Winnie the Pooh Instagram Captions
Here are some captions for when you need a little help to “think, think, think” of the perfect thing to say about Winnie the Pooh:
- I’m so Rumbly in my Tumbly.
- Time for something sweet.
- Just a little black rain cloud.
- Oh, Bother…
- Today is a good day for being Pooh.
- I wasn’t going to eat it; I was just going to taste it.
- Silly old bear.
- Chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.
- Must be Wednesday.
- How about lunch?
- Beware, Beware! Be a very wary bear!
- Braver, smarter, stronger.
- I know I don’t need one, but I would like one very much.
- Don’t feed the bear!
- Deep in the 100 Acre Wood.
- In the mood for food.
- Most of all, Winnie the Pooh.
- With a hefty happy appetite, I’m a hefty happy Pooh!
Jokes about Winnie the Pooh
- What’s Winnie the Pooh’s favorite bird?
- What does Pooh walk on?
His bear feet.
- How many bears does it take to empty a honey pot?
Only one if it’s a Pooh Bear!
- What’s the first thing Pooh says when he gets home?
Hi honey, I’m home!
- What does Pooh wear to bed?
- What did Winnie the Pooh say after dinner?
- What do you get when you cross Rabbit with Pooh?
A fertilized garden.
- How many lumps of sugar does Winnie the Pooh like?
Winnie the Pooh – Stuck Video
FAQs about Winnie the Pooh
Here are some frequently asked questions with answers about our favorite bear.
How Do We Celebrate National Winnie the Pooh Day?
With so many ways to celebrate, you don’t need to get stuck in any one honey pot. Here are some fun ideas:
- Find the classic books featuring Pooh Bear and have a cozy day reading.
- Watch a movie starring Winnie the Pooh and his friends, or the Disney series “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”.
- Bring out a honey pot and make something sweet – Pooh Bear loves lots of honey!
- Sing to songs about Pooh Bear such as “Songs and Story: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree” by The Sherman Brothers or “Return to Pooh Corner” by Kenny Loggins.
- Go to a zoo to learn more about bears and see a real one.
- Visit a honey farm to see the busy bees that make Pooh Bear’s favorite food.
- Kids can name their own stuffed animals and create stories about them.
- Draw your favorite characters from the 100 Acre Wood- including Heffalumps and Woozles!
Check out Pooh Friendship Quotations
Is Winnie the Pooh’s last name, Sanders?
In the movies, Winnie the Pooh has a sign over his door that says “Sanders.” The Sanders sign was there when Winnie the Pooh moved in, and he never took it down. The real “Mr. Sanders” was the prior resident of the house. Pooh’s full name is simply Winnie the Pooh.
How old is Winnie the Pooh?
The stories say that Pooh is one year younger than Christopher Robin. We can guess that he is 4 in the first couple of books and grows no older than 5. It is said that Winnie the Pooh’s birthday is August 21, 1921, as that was the day the stuffed bear was given to Christopher Robin Milne.
Why is he called Winnie the Pooh?
The “Winnie” portion comes from a live bear at the London zoo that Christopher Robin Milne visited many times.
The “Pooh” part of Winnie the Pooh comes from a swan that Milne and Christopher met on vacation. Milne wrote in When We Were Very Young that they called the swan Pooh.
Before writing the book, Milne also wrote “This is a very fine name for a swan, because, if you call him and he doesn’t come (which is a thing swans are good at), then you can pretend that you were just saying ‘Pooh!’ to show how little you wanted him.”
Did Pooh Bear always wear a red shirt?
Stephen Slesinger had acquired the rights to use Winnie the Pooh in the USA and Canada in 1931 and drew Winnie the Pooh for the first time in color in 1932. Before that, Pooh Bear didn’t wear a shirt at all!
Are the Disney movies and series true to the original stories?
Not all the stories are based on originals. Disney has had the licensing to be able to adapt the stories to make it into a series.
Thanks for reading. We think today was a good day for learning about silly old Winnie the Pooh, and we hope you celebrate on January 18!
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