Written by A. A. Milne
Illustrated by E. H. Shepard
London, Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1926
5" x 7.5"
Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections
University of Minnesota Libraries
The storybook character Winnie-the-Pooh began life as a store-bought stuffed bear named Edward. Its owner, Christopher Milne, was the son of the well-known London playwright and novelist A. A. Milne, who took his son as the model for Christopher Robin and assigned roles to other household toys—Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger—the originals of which are all displayed here. Christopher Milne was about six when he, his father, and Pooh were photographed.The Pooh dolls have lived at The New York Public Library since 1987, a gift of Milne's American publisher.
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AA Milne and his son Christopher Milne
The Pooh Dolls
Photo used with permission from The New York Public Library