W is for ... Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh,
Chubby, little cubby all stuffed with fluff.
He's Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh,
Willy, nilly, silly old bear.

Thank you so much for joining Amanda and I today for week W of blogging through the alphabet, we are so delighted to have you here!  :)   Can you believe that we're this far into the alphabet already?

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 Did you know that Winnie the pooh was named after a bear called Winnie?

A Canadian soldier bough her in Ontario.  An orphaned bear cub living in a trappers cabin.   He spent $20 on her and brought her along with him to England. She became the mascot of his unit, to the point of sleeping under his bed.

When he was deployed to the front lines he worried that Winnie (named after the city of Winnipeg) would not do well so he gave her to the London Zoo.  

At the zoo a young boy named Christopher loved Winnie so much he named his stuffed bear after her.  His love for Winnie (and his stuffed bear) caused his dad to start writing stories about Christopher and his bear Winnie.   (to learn more go here)


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10 comments

  1. That is one of my favorite stories! (It was the first book I read by myself as a child) I knew a bit about the background of Winnie, but not that he slept under the bed and not that she was named after Winnipeg. Thank for sharing the backstory!

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    1. T'was my pleasure to do so. :)

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  2. How neat! I knew some of that information, but not all of it. Thanks!

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    1. Happy I could fill in some of the blanks. :)

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  3. I did not know that! How fun.

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  4. We absolutely LOVE Winnie the Pooh!

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  5. Learning new things. Never knew any of this.

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