I have many favourite Milne moments: The sign Trespassers W; the song Pooh sang to fool the bees; the time Henry Pootel Piglet had to escape from Kanga; expotitions and stoutness exercises and heffalumps and honey. I also loved Milne's poetry in When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, in particular Forgiven ("Alexander Beetle"), The King's Breakfast ("I do like a little bit of butter to my bread") and Disobedience ("James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree"). Pooh sticks is a game I still play whenever I cross a suitable bridge. (Am I the only one?)
Are you a Tigger or an Eyore? Truthfully, Eeyore used to bother me. I wanted him to have some oomph and look on the bright side for a change. My friends and dear ones tell me I am a Tigger; bouncing around, and rushing headlong from one joyous experience to another. It may also explain why I am currently hobbling about with a cracked rib!
Do you have a favourite Milne character? Or a marvellous Milne moment? If you don't know the books, I encourage you to seek them out to share with your children.
To celebrate the birth of this favourite Book Chook poet and author, I created a quiz for other Milnophiles. If you/your kids would like to play, leave any answers you want in comments.
1. Who had a battleaxe with great big knobs on?
2. Why did Pooh want Christopher Robin to give him a balloon?
3. Pooh was a bear of very little ____?
4. Who discovered the North Pole?
5. What little something did Pooh like to revive himself with?
6. Who had ten pink toes, two blue eyes and one red head?
7. What happens if you teazle a sneezle or wheezle?
8. What did King John want for Christmas?
9. What did Piglet give Eeyore for his birthday?
10. Who used Pooh's legs as a clothes line?
You'll find other ways to celebrate at the Penguin site in their Pooh Party pdf. Thanks to Kat at Adventures with Kids for finding it! Here is a website proclaiming itself as the largest Pooh community on the net. Disney have a Winnie the Pooh movie coming out in July 2011, and the trailer is below.
Here are some posts from other blogs in the Kidlitosphere, celebrating Milne's birthday:
Honoring AA Milne at When Kate Blogs
18th January A.A.Milne (1882 - 1956) Raymond Briggs (1934) Catherine Anholt (1958) at Kinderbookswitheverything
As for me, I'm off to celebrate Milne's birthday by listening to Melanie singing Alexander Beetle.
Image Credit, Nemo's Great Uncle on Flickr