Cover of Winnie the Pooh

By A.A. Milne, Methuen, 1926


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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A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Milne

AA Milne and his son Christopher Milne

Original Winnie the Pooh Dolls

The Pooh Dolls

Photo used with permission from The New York Public Library