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100 Acres Are Still 100 Acres After 80 Years

December 24, 2005

“Now, Orange Bear,” asks Mr. Crumpet, “did you know that Winnie-the-Pooh turned 80 today?”

“Yes, Mr. Crumpet. And all of his friends. On the same day.”

British author A.A. Milne’s first Pooh short story*, which was inspired by his son Christopher Robin and his stuffed toy Edward Bear, was first published in the London Evening News on December 24, 1925. It was an immediate success, and subsequent generations have grown up with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and the other furry and feathery denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Orange Bear scratches his head. “But don’t you find it odd they all have a birthday on the same day?”

Mr. Crumpet sighs. “Oh…silly bear.”

*Which was: “In Which We are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees and the Stories Begin.” Later published in the first Pooh collection of stories known as Winnie-the-Pooh.

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